The Office - What We Do
The Office of the Assemblies (OA) has three primary functions:
- Provide administrative support and financial oversight to extensively involve community members in the review, recommendation and formulation of non-academic policies through the Student (SA), Graduate and Professional Student (GPSA), Employee (EA) and University (UA) Assemblies, and their respective committees.
- Engage constituencies across campus and increase participation in the shared governance process and voice effectively the interests and concerns of the non-academic members of the campus community.
- Maintain channels and processes for the members’ continuous involvement in the decision-making processes of the University.
- Participate in Assemblies' executive meetings to help draft agendas and recommend consultation with and/or presentation by University administrators when appropriate.
- Provide advice and consultation to Assemblies leadership, Assemblies members and committees to encourage thoughtful debate on issues to be presented to and voted on by the Assemblies.
- Help foster a collegial, collaborative approach to decision-making.
- Provide assistance in the review of policies and encourage research and analysis.
- Provide reference materials and referral information to Assemblies members.
- Provide facilities for meetings.
- Maintain the Office of the Assemblies' website(s), resources, lists and accounts.
- Prepare and distribute minutes and other relevant information.
- Maintenance of historical materials and public record for reference of past shared governance actions.
- Promote communication and positive relations among governance participants, the community, and the administration through:
- community forums
- open hearings
- meetings with administrators
- educational and informational sessions
- Serve as a resource for Assemblies and their committee members on governance structure of Cornell University.
- Serve as liaison with administrators and community members on issues of concern before the Assemblies.
- Conduct elections for the Student Assembly, Employee Assembly, student- and employee-elected trustees.
- Track, post, record Assemblies' actions; maintain the public record of legislative history.
- Update the Campus Code of Conduct.
- Plan orientation of new members and fall retreat.