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Implemented Friday, 7 January 2011. Revised Thursday, 24 February 2011; Thursday, 31 March 2011; Thursday, 14 April 2011; Tuesday, 26 April 2011; Thursday, 26 April 2012; Thursday, 11 October 2012; Thursday, 11 April 2013; Thursday, 25 September 2014.

ARTICLE I: Ex-Officio Members

Section 1: Ex-officio Membership

Ex-officio membership grants members of the Cornell community (student, alumni, faculty, staff, administrator, etc.) full-debating privileges but not voting privileges. These positions are granted to community members to either provide a perspective from another governing body or to enhance the overall operations of the Student Assembly.

Section 2: Ex-Officio Executive Committee Positions

  1. The SA can grant an ex-officio position to any member of the Cornell community to serve as the Executive Archivist.
  2. The SA can grant an ex-officio position to any member of the Cornell community to serve as the Parliamentarian
  3. The SA can grant an ex-officio position to any undergraduate student to serve as Director of Elections.

Section 3: Organizational Liaisons

  1. The SA shall grant one member chosen by the Greek Tri-Councils an ex-officio position as an organizational liaison. The liaison chosen by the Tri-Councils shall be selected on a rotating basis from the three councils, beginning with a representative of InterFraternity Council, following with Panhellenic Association, and finishing with Multicultural Greek Letter Council.
  2. The SA will grant one executive member from Residential Student Congress an ex-officio position as an organizational liaison.

Section 4: Shared Governance Liaisons

  1. Student Trustees-The SA will grant the Student Trustees ex-officio positions as shared governance liaisons for the duration of their terms.
  2. Undergraduate University Assembly Members-The SA will grant both student-elected University Assembly members ex-officio positions for the duration of their terms.

ARTICLE II: Officers

Section 1: Officers

The officers of the SA shall be a President, an Executive Vice President, a Vice President of Internal Operations, a Vice President for Finance, a Vice President for Public Relations, a Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, a Vice President of Outreach, a Director of Elections, a Parliamentarian and an Executive Archivist. These officers shall perform the duties prescribed by this Charter and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the SA.

Section 2: Election and Appointment of Officers, Time of Election/Appointment

The SA will, as soon as possible after the spring election, hold an organizational and planning meeting. At this meeting, the voting members will elect from among themselves the offices of Vice President of Internal Operations, Vice President for Finance, Vice President for Public Relations, and Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, and a Vice President of Outreach. The voting members will elect for either the undergraduate body at large or from among themselves the office of Director of Elections. Additionally, at this meeting the members will affirm the appointments of Parliamentarian and Executive Archivist. Self-nomination will be in order in each of the elected offices. The offices of Parliamentarian and Executive Archivist will be appointed by the SA President. Each nominee for the respective offices shall be subject to majority approval of the SA voting members. After such internal election, the newly elected officers will undertake the immediate responsibilities of their positions. Elections for officers shall be by secret ballots. SA voting members may have one vote for each position to be filled, but may not vote for any one individual twice on any ballot.

Section 3: Terms of office

Officers shall serve for a term of one year or until their successor is elected and is administered the oath of office or until the first of June of the year following the incumbent officer’s election, whichever occurs first.

Section 4: Recalling officers

Two-thirds vote of the voting membership of the SA may vote to recall any officer of the SA from his or her office.

ARTICLE III: Officer Duties

Section 1: President

The responsibilities of the President are as follows:

  1. Attend and chair all SA meetings.
  2. Attend all Assemblies’ leadership meetings and meetings with Executive staff.
  3. Submit agenda items for leadership meetings after soliciting topics from Assembly member.
  4. Serve as the primary Assembly correspondent with the administration, the media, and the student body.
  5. Correspond with the University President following each Assembly meeting enumerating actions passed and to solicit his response.
  6. Supervise all elected officers and ensure they are discharging their responsibilities.
  7. Attend all open sessions of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Trustees Executive Committee held in Ithaca and report back to the Assembly on said meetings.
  8. Appoint Assembly Parliamentarian and Executive Archivist.
  9. Write and present annual SA report by the last meeting of the Spring semester.

Section 2: Executive Vice President

The responsibilities of the Executive Vice President are as follows:

  1. Attend all SA meetings and act as Chair in the absence of the President.
  2. Assume the office of President should a vacancy arise.
  3. Serve as Assembly correspondent in the absence of or on behalf of the President.
  4. Chair all Executive Board meetings.
  5. Attend all Assemblies’ leadership meetings and meetings with Executive Staff.
  6. Submit agenda items for leadership meetings after soliciting topics from Assembly members, and be responsible for the creation of the weekly agenda for Assembly meetings.
  7. Coordinate and assist the undergraduate student UA delegation.
  8. Supervise and assist all ad-hoc committees.
  9. Track actions of the Assembly to ensure final disposition and confirm correspondence with appropriate units when Assembly actions impact them.
  10. Help initiate and organize lobby efforts at both the state and federal levels.
  11. Be responsible for responding to questions or comments made during Open Microphone. Issues can be delegated to other members of the Assembly.
  12. Be responsible for keeping contact with the Office of Government Affairs and reporting on a regular basis to the SA on issues that concern the student body.

Section 3: Vice President of Internal Operations

The responsibilities of the Vice President of Internal Operations are as follows:

  1. Attend all SA meetings and act as Chair in the absence of the President and Executive Vice President.
  2. Assume the office of Executive Vice President should a vacancy arise.
  3. Chair Staffing Committee and monitor committee membership.
  4. Coordinate and supervise all aspects of the SA office in Willard Straight Hall.
  5. Maintain and monitor SA attendance records and send warning notices to members who are in jeopardy of violating the Assembly attendance policy.
  6. Coordinate and supervise new member orientation.
  7. Supervise SA Liaisons.
  8. Maintain relations with intercollegiate student organizations of which the SA is a member — e.g. Ivy Council, SUNY Student Assembly.
  9. Plan fall retreat for committee chairs.

Section 4: Vice President for Finance

The responsibilities of the Vice President for Finance are as follows:

  1. Serve as SA treasurer and report to the Assembly regarding Assembly balances.
  2. Chair Appropriations Committee.
  3. Serve on SAFC (non-voting) and assist Chairs in training of new Commissioners and organization treasurers.
  4. Serve on SAFC Executive Committee (non-voting).
  5. Coordinate and chair meetings of Student Activity Fee recipients and draft proposal to SA regarding establishing new fee, biannually.
  6. Coordinate revisions of SAFC Handbook (together with Chairs and Activity Fee recipients.
  7. Review SAFC guidelines and report to the Assembly proposed modifications.
  8. Work collaboratively with GPSA members when making changes to the Student Activity Fee Guidelines, which appear as Charter appendices.

Section 5: Vice President for Public Relations

The responsibilities of the Vice President for Public Relations are as follows:

  1. Serve as editor of SA newsletter to be sent over email to the entire undergraduate student body two times/semester. The newsletter should include the current month’s accomplishments and next month’s plans, accompanied by the name of a contact person to whom comments and questions maybe addressed.
  2. Consult with the Director of Elections regarding elections’ advertising.
  3. Chair Communications Committee. Propose communication yearly budget by last meeting in September.
  4. Arrange all advertising, postering, banners, etc.
  5. Ensure all SA meetings, forums, committee meetings, etc. are listed in Sun Daybook. Advertise resolutions of particular interest to the general student community.
  6. Promote student advocacy role that the SA can play on campus.
  7. Maintain contact with Student Assembly alumni through distribution of the biannual Student Assembly newsletter to any interested alumni.
  8. Establish and maintain relations with college newsletters, other University publications and CUINFO, and provide copy for placement therein.
  9. Respond with letters to the editor, etc. to inaccurate editorials, articles, and letters published in the Sun.
  10. Speak at orientation events promoting SA to viable candidates in the fall and spring.
  11. Remain in contact with Sun beat reporters.

Section 6: Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion

The responsibilities of the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion are as follows:

  1. Serve as a direct link between the SA and the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives, as well as the Center for Intercultural Dialogue;
  2. Undergo a diversity training session provided by Human Resources and/or OADI;
  3. Prepare training sessions for the SA on addressing issues of diversity along with the Vice President of Outreach;
  4. Meet at least monthly with the Associate Vice Provost (OADI) and the Associate Dean of Students/Director of Intercultural Programs;
  5. Meet on an as-needed basis with other administrators and staff concerning diversity initiatives;
  6. Attend the Diversity Community meetings on a semesterly basis;
  7. Maintain communication with the individual diversity councils of the colleges;
  8. Ensure that legislative acts of the SA are culturally inclusive;
  9. Provide updates on the state of diversity at Cornell and work to align the SA with University initiatives;
  10. Work with University-sponsored programs such as the Pre-freshmen Summer Program and Diversity Hosting Month to introduce new students to the governance system of Cornell.

Section 7: Vice President of Outreach

The responsibilities of the Vice President of Outreach are as follows:

  1. Coordinate constituency representatives’ community outreach efforts (including, but not limited to, speak up events, community forums, etc.)
  2. Coordinate constituency representatives’ meetings with Deans, internal school student governments, etc.
  3. Devise mechanisms for student organizations to become active members in the decision-making process of the SA; most importantly, committees.
  4. Coordinate efforts to involve more non-voting members in the decisions and events put on by the Student Assembly.
  5. Work with the Vice President of Public Relations to ensure that VP Outreach’s efforts are publicized.
  6. Maintain student organization outreach directory.

Section 8: Director of Elections

The responsibilities of the Director of Elections are as follows:

  1. Chair the Elections Committee and report all the activities of said committee to the general SA.
  2. Assume responsibility for all aspects of the Fall and Spring elections and coordinate all efforts with the Director of the Office of the Assemblies, the VP for Public Relations, and the President.
  3. Serve as SA correspondent for election matters.
  4. Ensure that the Elections Committee is successfully completing the following tasks:
    1. making every effort to insure the greatest number of candidates for each available position,
    2. ensuring all candidates are aware of and abiding by elections, campaigning, postering, and other Assembly and University policies,
    3. coordinating and advertising an informal “Meet the Candidates Forum”,
    4. coordinating and advertising opportunities for candidates to make public appearances,
    5. coordinating and advertising public forums specifically for candidates to discuss any ballot referenda, if such forums are deemed necessary by the Executive Board,
    6. contacting student organizations and informing them of the elections process and encouraging them to send delegates to elections activities in order to report candidates’ stances on relevant issues to their organizations,
    7. ensuring that candidates have submitted pictures and statements for publication in the Sun,
    8. making every effort to achieve the highest possible voter turnout by advertising and assisting the Office of the Assemblies in the coordination of elections days.
  5. Make sure, in conjunction with the VP for Public Relations, that there are a substantial number of potential ballot referenda to be considered for approval by the SA, and that all approved referenda are advertised along with all elections activities described in #5 above (esp. c and e).

Section 9: Parliamentarian

The Parliamentarian need not be an SA member. The office of Parliamentarian holds no special voting privileges. The Parliamentarian also may not hold the President or Executive Vice President positions. The responsibilities of the Parliamentarian are as follows:

  1. Advise the President on questions of parliamentary procedure.
  2. Classify new actions brought before the SA into the categories specified in Article III, Section 2, Item A
  3. Upon a specific request by an SA voting member, the Parliamentarian shall give the Assembly his/her recommendation on a parliamentary inquiry.
  4. The Parliamentarian shall present a workshop on parliamentary procedure and this charter to the incoming assembly, preferably before the end of the spring semester but no later than the fourth week of the fall semester.
  5. The Parliamentarian shall administer The Community Clause of the Student Assembly charter.
  6. The Parliamentarian shall count a hand vote to discern simple majority from the gallery, where all eligible voters sit in a designated area.
  7. The Parliamentarian shall send resolutions detailing changes to SA governing documents to the Office of the Assemblies as soon as they are passed by the SA.

Section 10: Executive Archivist

The Executive Archivist need not be an SA member. The office of Executive Archivist holds no special voting privileges. The Executive Archivist also may not hold the President or Executive Vice President positions. The Executive Archivist shall be responsible for verifying the novelty or precedence of any proposed action or legislation with Assembly members, or others, bring before the Executive Board.

ARTICLE IV: Meetings

Section 1: Regular Meetings

Regular meeting times and places will be publicly announced at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting date.

Section 2: Special Meetings

  1. The President may convene special meetings of the SA to consider issues of immediate and pressing concern. The President will also call a special meeting after being instructed to do so by six of the voting members of the SA.
  2. Religious Conflict - If there is a religious conflict with a regularly scheduled SA meeting, any member may direct the SA president to call a special meeting in lieu of the regularly scheduled meeting. The request must be made 2 weeks in advance of the regularly scheduled meeting at issue.

Section 3: Organizational Meeting

The first meeting of the academic year shall be known as the Organizational Meeting and shall be for the purpose of adopting the schedule for regular meetings and approving the standing rules.

Section 4: Informal meetings

The SA shall hold an informal meeting once every six weeks or additionally as events warrant at the discretion of the Executive Board. This meeting will be reserved for informal discussions between SA members and other interested parties, to set goals and priorities for the upcoming weeks. No legislation can be decided upon during these informal sessions. The attendance policy will remain in effect during the meeting.

Section 5: Executive Session

With the concurrence of two-thirds of the voting members in attendance, the SA or any of its committees may go into executive session only to discuss confidential matters as defined by this Charter. No policy determinations will be made in executive session. Executive session shall be closed to non-voting, non-executive members of the assembly. Community members may be invited by the assembly to participate in an executive session.

Section 6: Quorum

A quorum shall consist of a majority of the voting members of the SA.

Section 7: Community Votes

  1. Should there only be one undergraduate ex-officio non-elected member in attendance, he or she will only be allocated one vote.
  2. The community clause may only be exercised on final votes of sense-of-body resolutions , which excludes (1) funding and budgetary decisions, (2) amendments to the SA Charter and Standing Rules, (3) the ability to make motions, (4) creation/dissolution of committees (5) selection of officers, committee members, and liaisons from the popularly elected SA (i.e. allocation of the Student Activity Fee, SAFC appeals, approval of Parliamentarian, Liaison to the Provost, etc.).
  3. At the beginning of each Student Assembly meeting, members of the community will present their Cornell IDs to the Parliamentarian, who will subsequently validate their status as undergraduates via the Cornell website. The Parliamentarian will record all undergraduate community members present within 15 minutes of the meeting’s call to order. Prior to the final vote of a resolution, qualifying members of the community will be permitted to cast their vote. The Parliamentarian will announce to the Assembly the collective vote of the gallery and liaisons prior to the casting of popularly elected members’ votes on any given sense-of-the-body resolution. Both community votes will be allocated to the side which has a simple majority.

ARTICLE V: Executive Board

Section 1: Composition

The Executive Board shall be composed of the officers of the SA. The Executive Archivist, the Director of Elections and the Parliamentarian serve as non voting members of the Executive Board.

Section 2: Duties

The Executive Board of the SA shall coordinate the actions of the SA to ensure its smooth operation, set the agenda for the Regular Meetings of the SA and inform all relevant parties of Staffing Committee decisions. Additionally, the board shall send its minutes to all representatives within 24 hours of its meeting.

Section 3: Meetings

The Executive Board shall hold meetings at least once a week during the academic year. Special meetings of the Board may be called by the Executive Vice President and shall be called upon the written request of four members of the board.

ARTICLE VI: Committees

Section 1: Creation of Committees

Committees will be established with the adoption of a committee charge to be included in this charter and appropriate bylaws. A committee’s charge must be adopted and placed in the charter before its bylaws are to be considered. Committee bylaws shall be adopted with a majority vote.

Section 2: Review Committees

  1. Review Committees - shall review all policies, programs, and actions and shall aid in the budget/program planning process of sectors of the University that create policy directly affecting student life.
  2. The Vice President for Student and Academic Services shall appoint a staff member to work with the chairperson of the review committee to assure proper functioning of the committee.
  3. Undergraduate members of the review committees will be designated by the appropriate constituency bodies and will be subject to the approval of the SA.
  4. Review committees will discuss program assessment/planning documents with the SA during the fall semester as part of the committee’s responsibility for the areas under their jurisdiction.
  5. Review committees will be convened in the beginning of the fall semester by the VP Internal Operations.
  6. Committee on Dining Services - The committee will review the policies, budgets and sustainability initiatives for Dining Services. The committee will make recommendations to the Assembly and Dining regarding changes in existing policies or establishment of new policies. The committee will consist of one graduate/professional student, two faculty members, one non-management employee, one management employee, and at least two Dining student workers and or Dining student sustainability coordinators, two voting SA members one of whom has to be a freshmen representative and seven undergraduate students. The VP of Internal Operations will recommend additional students to both the committee chair and the Staffing Committee for their approval. The Chair’s decision may be overturned by a majority of appointed voting members present. Members shall serve one-year, and may reapply to serve a second term. One-half of the seated voting membership shall constitute a quorum. The Director of Dining or a designee and the Budget Director of Dining shall serve ex-officio.
  7. Community Life Committee - The Committee will serve to build and foster a greater sense of community at Cornell by promoting communication between organizations representing the interests of undergraduate students living both on and off-campus. The Committee will deal with matters of concern in residence halls, student unions and community centers, and the cooperative learning residences; make and review policies that directly affect student life on campus; and maintain legislative authority over these areas (i.e. the Department of Campus Life and the Office of the Dean of Students). The Committee shall also maintain the authority to designate vice chairs who will oversee specific task forces, including (but not limited to): health, welfare, environment, and safety. The Committee will consist of one chair who shall be appointed by the SA, one employee (ex. Residence Hall Directors) and at least: three voting SA members (one Transfer At-Large and at least one Freshman-at-large), two representatives from the RSC (one being a resident of a traditional residence hall and one being a resident of a program house), and one representative from the undergraduate Co-ops. Other interested Cornell Community members may apply for Committee membership and will be appointed at the discretion of the SA Staffing Committee. Members will serve one-year terms. All meetings of the Committee shall be open to the public.
  8. Financial Aid Review Committee - The committee will examine the financial aid policies of Cornell University, and review their current status. It shall also be responsible for the administration of the Student Helping Students grant. The committee shall consist of one SA member serving as chair, one additional SA member, five undergraduate students, at least four of whom receive some form of institutionalized financial aid, two faculty members, and one counselor from the Office of Financial Aid, totaling to ten voting members. The Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment, the Directors of Financial Aid , the Associate Director of Financial Aid for Customer Service and Community Relations, and the Vice President for Student and Academic Services shall serve as ex officio non-voting members.
  9. Student Assembly Finance Commission (SAFC) — The SA determines the policies for the allocation and use of funds for undergraduate student organizations. The SAFC by-line funding allocation shall be raised only in proportion to the percentage increase in the inflation of the dollar or increase in the undergraduate population of Cornell University. The SA VP of Finance shall serve as a non-voting member of the executive board. The SA also hears appeals from decisions of the undergraduate SAFC. The SA SAFC liaison shall serve as a full voting member of the Commission and a member of the Executive Board of the SAFC. All members of the Student Assembly will go through a short SAFC training session that includes a summary of the SAFC’s semester-long process, an overview of the SAFC guidelines Cheat Sheet, and a review of the Commissioner Quiz. The SA VP of Internal Operations and the SAFC Vice Chair of Internal Operations will coordinate this session.

Section 3: Operational Committees

  1. Operational Committees - shall maintain the proper functioning of the internal organization of the SA, and shall therefore facilitate the full expression of the SA’s responsibilities to the Cornell student body.
  2. Operational committees shall be convened in the beginning of the fall semester, or when the committee’s function prescribes, by the Committee on Committee Structure (or its successor body) in coordination with interested SA voting members.
  3. Appropriations Committee - The Appropriations Committee of the SA is the financial branch of the SA. It reviews all requests for SA funding as well as the policies and guidelines regarding the Student Activity Fee and those organizations, which receive funding from it. The Committee shall consist of 8 voting members of the SA, to be selected by the Assembly at large during their organizational meetings; the VP Finance, who shall serve as Chair; and 7 undergraduates at-large to be selected by the Staffing Committee. The Director of the Office of the Assemblies or their designee shall serve as an ex-officio non-voting member. No SAFC Commissioners shall serve as voting members of the Committee (with the exception of the VP Finance), however, the SAFC Liaison shall serve as an ex-officio non-voting member as well when the Committee hears SAFC appeals. Quorum shall be defines as a simple majority of all voting members. A designee of the chair shall take minutes at all meetings.
  4. Communications Committee - The committee will ensure a direct and ever present link between students active in campus government, the administration, and students at-large. The committee will assist in furthering the outreach efforts of the assembly by aiding in the coordination of SA-sponsored events including, but not limited to conducting polls, referenda, community outreach forums, designated constituency events, and hearings. The committee will also assist in coordinating efforts and devising strategies to involve more non-voting members in the decisions and events of the SA. It will also actively publicize activities and meetings of the SA and its committees, and relay student interests to the SA. The committee will also become involved in reviewing all aspects of students’ concerns with information and technology. The committee will maintain communication with the University’s Chief Information Officer regarding the University’s technology strategic plan and other salient and current issues. With this knowledge, the committee will be charged with developing innovative technological methods to strengthen communication between the aforementioned groups. The SA VP Public Relations shall serve as the chair. Two vice chairs shall be elected by the SA to head the Information Technology and Outreach task forces, respectively. They will be assisted by at least seven undergraduate students.
  5. Elections Committee - The committee will coordinate and implement regularly scheduled and special elections of the SA and directly elected undergraduate representatives to the UA. The SA Director of Elections shall serve as chair with vote. The committee consists of ten voting members, of whom less than half may also be members of the SA. At the first SA meeting of each academic year, the Staffing Committee will present a slate of proposed members to the SA for confirmation, which the SA must approve or disapprove in its entirety. The Staffing Committee may fill any subsequent vacancies with confirmation by the SA. No person may be a candidate in an election supervised by the committee in the same academic year when the person served as a voting member of the committee.
  6. Staffing Committee - The committee shall staff any vacant committee positions the Student Assembly (SA) is empowered to staff during meetings in early fall. The committee shall re-evaluate the committee application outreach plan at the end of every spring term. The committee shall also evaluate SA committees’ end of the year report, and determine if the SA committee and/or their composition need to be changed. The membership of this committee shall include the SA’s President, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Public Relations, and Vice President of Internal Operations, Vice President of Outreach, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, and all SA committee chairs. Ex-officio membership shall be granted to the Director of the Office of Assemblies. The VP Internal of Operations shall serve as chair. The VP of Internal Operations shall be responsible for consulting with chairpersons of committees and recommending candidates for vacant committee positions to the Staffing Committee.

Section 4: Student Interests

  1. Student Interest Committees - shall address any concern or interest of the student body not already addressed by the Assembly system.
  2. Student Assembly Diversity Affairs Coalition (SADAC) - The Coalition shall serve as the body through which the SA, the diversity councils of the undergraduate schools and colleges, the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI), and the Center for Intercultural Dialogue coordinate their efforts to promote awareness and understanding of the increasing importance of diversity and create an environment that brings together diverse perspectives and fosters diversity of thought. The SADAC shall be the forum where the efforts of the University Diversity Council (UDC) are introduced to the SA and the diversity councils of the colleges. The primary responsibilities of the SADAC shall be: (i) to examine and analyze the actions, decisions, and initiatives of the UDC; (ii) to discuss and devise strategies for the consistent implementation of these initiatives across the schools/colleges; (iii) to monitor the progress of the implementation strategies through goal-setting and benchmarking; (iv) to assist in coordinating the initiatives of the various diversity councils; and (v) to devise strategies for consistent diversity education and improvement. The SADAC shall provide a brief report of its progress to be presented by the Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion to the SA General Body by the final meeting in the fall semester, as well as a full report to include (but not limited to) the goals of the academic year, the strategies devised for achievement of these goals, the progress of UDC initiatives, college-specific initiatives, obstacles, and potential goals for the next academic year to be presented in the same manner at the final meeting of the spring semester.
    The committee shall consist of at least two (2) representatives from each of the diversity councils of the colleges, with at least one (1) being a staff member, or an OADI staff member may represent a college; a representative from the Women’s Resource Center; the SA International Student Liaison; one of the SA Minority Liaisons; a representative from the Center for Intercultural Dialogue; a representative from the OADI; a representative from ALANA; a representative from the Asian & Asian-American Center; a representative from the Haven Executive board and the SA LGBT Liaison at-large; a representative from Cornell Outdoor Education; and any other persons that the coalition sees fit to invite. The group shall meet on a monthly basis and be chaired by the Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion of the SA.
  3. Student Assembly Committee for Inclusion and Diversity Initiatives (SACIDI) —
    1. The charge of SACIDI is:
      1. To brainstorm, initiate and facilitate execute initiatives related to diversity and inclusion within the purview of the Student Assembly. The committee and its initiatives will be accountable to the student body by:
        1. Keeping an up-to-date initiative tracker that is open to the public;
        2. Submitting, on a semesterly basis, a detailed report of its initiatives and its progress (including a timeline) to the Student Assembly in the form of a resolution, a report to all of  the organizations that are represented on SACIDI, and a report to President Skorton and other members of the administration.
      2. To invite members of the administration to meetings to review policies related to diversity and make recommendations on behalf of the student body. SACIDI will invite 2. To invite members of the administration to meetings to review policies related to diversity and make recommendations on behalf of the student body. SACIDI will invite administrators from the Office of the Dean of Students and Campus Life, as well as each of members of the University Diversity Council to a meeting at least once every academic year. Additionally, SACIDI will make recommendations to the central administration on issues of concern to the Cornell community, and monitor the University’s implementation of those recommendations.
      3. To bring together students from across communities to collaborate on the goals and initiatives of the committee. The committee and its members will actively seek out the opinions of all communities on campus, as well as all relevant bodies (such as Dining with Diverse Leaders, the Leadership Roundtable, among others). SACIDI will aim to be a collective voice of the diversity of cultures, ethnicities, gender identities, lifestyles, races, religions, and sexual orientations represented at Cornell.
    2. SACIDI shall be co-chaired by one Student Assembly member on the committee and one non-S.A. member on the committee. Both positions shall be elected by the membership of the committee. The committee will have the following composition:
      1. The Student Assembly Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion;
      2. All members of the Student Assembly serving in seats allocated to affinity groups
      3. All constituency representatives on the Student Assembly, including the Minority at-large representatives, the LGBTQ at-large representative, the International at-large representative, the Women’s Issues representative and at least two other voting members of SA;
      4. A representative or designee from the GPSA;
      5. An Executive Board member from ALANA and each of the Umbrella organizations; (BSU, LAL, CAPSU and NASAC);
      6. A representative from the IFC, Panhellenic Council and MGLC;
      7. A representative from the Women’s Resource Center Student Advisory Board;
      8. A representative from HAVEN: the LGBTQ Student Union;
      9. At least one member of the Faculty;
      10. At least five undergraduate at-large students, but the Student Assembly encourages all interested students to be involved in the committee. The S.A. Vice President of Internal Operations and the Vice President of Outreach will actively seek out interested students from all communities on campus.
    3. All members of the committee are responsible for communicating the semesterly report and the committee’s initiatives and outcomes to their respective constituencies and organizations on a regular basis.
    4. The committee will have a strict attendance policy. SACIDI is required to meet at least monthly throughout the academic year.

ARTICLE VII: Delegations

Section 1: SUNY Student Assembly

The SUNY Student Assembly is comprised of representatives from the statutory units of New York State higher educational system which discuss matters of importance to the SUNY system and provide a unified voice for SUNY student governments. The membership of the Cornell delegation shall be two voting members who are enrolled in a statutory program to be selected in the organizational meetings. Additional provisions for the delegation are as specified in the SUNY Student Assembly Charter.

Section 2: Ivy Council

The Ivy Council is comprised of representatives from all eight Ivy League school’s undergraduate student governments whose delegates meet biannually to discuss matters of importance to the member schools, to facilitate effective communication between the student governments of the member institutions, to provide a unified voice for the Ivy League student governments, and to further students’ initiative in making a positive impact on the global community. The membership of the Cornell delegation shall include a policy liaison who shall be selected at the organizational meetings and introduce themselves to the Executive Board members of the Cornell delegation of Ivy Council before the fall semi-annual conference. Additional provisions for the delegation are as specified in the Constitution of the Ivy Council.

ARTICLE VIII: Community Rights and Confidentiality

Section 1: Community Rights

The SA and its committees shall respect and protect the rights of individual members of the Cornell community

Section 2: Confidentiality

When a subject under discussion or examination requires the use of personal confidential information, all reasonable efforts shall be made to safeguard the confidentiality of this information. Confidential information is meant to include any and all information that, if publicly exposed, would endanger the privacy, safety, or security of any member of the Cornell community (students, faculty, and staff), or constitute a breach of any individual right guaranteed by the University, the State of New York, or the federal government.

Section 3: Infringement of Confidentiality

If any member or group of the University feels that any action of the SA or its committees is infringing upon that person’s or that group’s rights under this Article, then that person or group may appeal to the Ombudsman to determine whether probable grounds exist for a complaint. By majority vote, the SA may suspend any actions related to an appeal to the Ombudsman until the Ombudsman makes a final ruling on the appeal.

ARTICLE IX: Programs and Activities

Section 1: Speak Up Events

The SA will have the responsibility to conduct at least one public ‘Speak Up’ event per semester at alternating locations on campus. The ‘Speak Up’ events are to be conducted as a round table discussion and shall include administrators related to a particular topic of current student interest.

ARTICLE X: Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in the current edition of Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the SA in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with this charter and any special rules of order the SA may adopt.

ARTICLE XI: Amendments

These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the assembly by a two-thirds vote of the members present, provided that the amendment has been submitted in writing at the previous regular meeting. Amendments may be presented to the assembly by voting members and by community petition with at least 100 Cornell undergraduate student signatures.

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