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Assembly Name: Employee Assembly

Res. No. Resolution Status Abstract Last Updated Assembly Name Term
5 Thanking the Administration for their Continued Support of Staff During COVID-19 Tabled Indefinitely In recognition of Cornell University Senior Leadership for their continued support of staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. 12/16/2020 1:30pm Employee Assembly AY 2020-2021
4 In Recognition and Appreciation of Cornell University Students Acknowledged by the President This resolution is a formal recognition of the response of Cornell University students to the COVID-19 pandemic and to thank them for their efforts to protect Cornell’s Ithaca campus community. 12/02/2020 5:00pm Employee Assembly AY 2020-2021
3 In Recognition and Appreciation of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Acknowledged by the President On the occasion of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the Employee Assembly celebrates her long and distinguished career, her contributions to our country, and her unrelenting support of women and marginalized communities. 10/08/2020 5:15pm Employee Assembly AY 2020-2021
2 In Recognition and Appreciation of Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program Participants Acknowledged by the President On the occasion of the retirement of 213 faculty and staff participants in the Voluntary Retirement Incentive program effective September 16, 2020, the Employee Assembly thanks and celebrates their careers and contributions to the Cornell Community. 09/17/2020 7:00pm Employee Assembly AY 2020-2021
1 Approval of the 2020-2021 Operating Budget Accepted by the President This is the operative budget for the Employee Assembly 2020-2021 legislative session. 10/14/2020 8:45am Employee Assembly AY 2020-2021

Assembly Name: Graduate and Professional Student Assembly

Res. No. Resolution Status Abstract Last Updated Assembly Name Term
9 Extending Voting Membership to Standing Committee Chairpersons Tabled Indefinitely The GPSA grants voting rights only to a subset of its members, the composition of which is proportional to the Assembly constituent divisions. This resolution amends the GPSA Charter to grant ex officio Voting Membership to the chairpersons of the GPSA standing committees, provided that the Chairpersons are democratically elected, and that no future amendment allows Chairpersonship to be granted without a general election. 12/07/2020 7:00pm Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
8 Maintaining the University Assembly’s Jurisdiction Over the Code of Conduct Submitted to the President The GPSA re-affirms the University Assembly’s (UA) jurisdiction over the Codes and Procedures with consultation with the Student Assembly (SA) and GPSA. The GPSA asserts that the Code and Procedures must remain independent documents reviewed by an independent body, the UA, that does not oversee any office that makes decisions on student responsibility. The GPSA echoes the sentiments expressed by the SA, unanimously, in Resolution 19 on 12/05/2020. 12/09/2020 11:15am Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
7 Urging for Graduate Teaching Assistants to Have the Right to Decide their Instruction Modality for Spring 2021 Submitted to the President In light of the global pandemic and Cornell University conducting instructions in a hybrid manner, graduate Teaching Assistants should be given the absolute autonomy to decide their mode of teaching instruction (online/in-person) without any form of coercion. 12/09/2020 11:15am Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
6 On the Proposed Changes to the Student Code of Conduct Acknowledged by the President The GPSA expresses its dissatisfaction with the process of changing the Student Code of Conduct. The GPSA lists several concerns with the new proposed Student Code of Conduct and notes several changes it supports. 12/22/2020 4:45pm Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
5 Approving the GPSA Internal Budget for the 2020-2021 Term Submitted to the President This resolution provides the recommended internal budget for the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly for the 2020-2021 term. 12/09/2020 11:15am Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
4 Enabling Prizes for Events to be Purchased with GPSAFC Funding Accepted by the President This resolution updates the GPSA Finance Commission Funding Guides to allow groups to give out prizes at Finance Commission-funded events. Gift card prizes and cash prizes are still prohibited. 11/17/2020 5:30pm Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
3 On the Proposed Changes to the Student Code of Conduct Tabled Indefinitely The GPSA expresses its dissatisfaction with the process of changing the Student Code of Conduct. The GPSA lists several concerns with the new proposed Student Code of Conduct and notes several changes it supports. 10/26/2020 6:45pm Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
2 Condemning the proposed DHS Ruling requiring a fixed period of stay for International students Acknowledged by the President The proposed DHS ruling limiting F1 and J1 visas to a fixed 4-year or 2-year term detrimentally affects international students. The GPSA states support for our international student community and calls on Cornell administration to oppose this ruling. 12/02/2020 1:45pm Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
1 Changes to the GPSA Finance Commission Funding Guidelines Accepted by the President This resolution proposes two sets of changes to the GPSA Finance Commission Funding Guidelines: a set of temporary policies that will apply during the 2020-2021 academic year only, and a set of permanent changes to the Funding Guidelines. 09/24/2020 5:15pm Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2020-2021

Assembly Name: Student Assembly

Res. No. Resolution Status Abstract Last Updated Assembly Name Term
30 Calling For the Disarmament of the Cornell University Police Department Submitted to the President This resolution is calling for the disarmament of the Cornell University Police Department. 01/13/2021 6:30pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
29 Extension to Good Samaritan Laws Submitted to the President This resolution asked that Cornell extends Good Samaritan Laws. 01/13/2021 6:30pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
23 Demanding Cornell Allows Anabel's Grocery to Reopen for the Spring 2021 Semester Submitted to the President Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cornell prohibited Anabel’s Grocery, a student-run and non-profit grocery store on campus, from operating in its facilities in Anabel Taylor Hall this fall. A wide spectrum of students experience food insecurity on Cornell’s campus; however, first generation, low-income, and BIPOC students are affected at a higher rate.1 Rates of food insecurity have worsened in the face of the pandemic. 2 The University cited the existence of the Cornell Food Pantry as the reason Anabel’s Grocery is a non-essential activity during the pandemic, but the two entities serve different purposes. While the Food Pantry serves an immediate need for students in crisis on campus, Anabel’s Grocery sells fresh, affordable food at subsidized prices to Cornell undergraduate and Graduate students that wish to shop in our store, with no qualifications needed. Anabel’s closure has limited students’ options for accessing affordable groceries without a long, often risky, commute to area grocery stores. Anabel’s Grocery is prepared to operate safely in the Spring semester, resuming what has actually become an essential service to the Cornell community, particularly students with limited food budgets and modes of transportation who seek fresh, affordable food. 12/11/2020 4:30pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
21 Requiring a Community Member Chair the Research and Accountability Committee to Increase Constituent Accountability Adopted by the Assembly The resolution seeks to provide more opportunities for the community to hold the Student Assembly accountable by changing the Committee of Research & Accountability so that it is chaired by a non-Student Assembly member of the Cornell undergraduate community. 12/10/2020 7:30pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
20 On the Proposed Changes to the Student Code of Conduct Submitted to the President The Student Assembly expresses its dissatisfaction with the procedures in changing the Code of Conduct. The SA makes demands of the university to share information and delay a Board of Trustees vote. 12/10/2020 12:30pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
19 Maintaining the University Assembly's Jurisdiction Over the Code of Conduct Submitted to the President This resolution supports maintaining the University Assembly's Jurisdiction Over the Code of Conduct. 12/10/2020 12:30pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
18 In Recognition and Appreciation of Cornell Employees and Staff Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution formally recognized and thanks Cornell employees and staff for their invaluable work in keeping the campus community safe and support students through reopening and a successful in person residential semester. 12/03/2020 5:30pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
17 Reduction of Convocation Committee's Student Activity Fee Allocation Tabled Indefinitely This resolution is putting in place a temporary reduction of Convocation Committee's SAF allocation due to their violation of Appendix B of the Student Assembly Charter. 12/03/2020 5:45pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
16 In Support of the Cornell University Caribbean Students' Association's Demands Submitted to the President This resolution asks for the Student Assembly to support the demands of the Cornell University Caribbean Students' Association (CSA). 12/04/2020 9:00pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
15 Demanding Cornell to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement Submitted to the President The purpose of this resolution is to have Cornell University and the Student Assembly to be in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement. 12/04/2020 9:00pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
14 Amendment to 2019-2020 SA Resolution 14 (Establishing the Office of Student Government Relations): Creation of Bylaws Submitted to the President These amendments to the Student Assembly Bylaws seek to establish the bylaws for the Office of Student Government Relations. 12/04/2020 8:45pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
13 Approving the 2020-2021 Student Assembly Budget Acknowledged by the President This resolution approved the Student Assembly Operating Budget for 2020-2021 Academic Year. 12/09/2020 4:15pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
12 Temporary Amendment of Appendix B of the Student Assembly Charter Accepted by the President This resolution seeks to temporarily suspend Appendix B of the Student Assembly Charter that in-part outlines the off-year reporting duties of the Appropriations Committee for the 2020-2021 academic year. 12/09/2020 4:15pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
11 Calling For the Disarmament of the Cornell University Police Department Rejected by the Assembly This resolution is calling for the disarmament of the Cornell University Police Department. 11/19/2020 7:45pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
10 Calling on the President's Office to Repond to 2020 SA Resolution #30 - Urging Cornell University to Contribute Financial Support for the Summer 2020 Student Contribution Pilot Program Draft This resolution asks for the Student Assembly to support the People’s Organizing Collective’s (POC-USAS3) call for the President’s Office to respond to SA Resolution #30: Urging Cornell University to Contribute Financial Support for the Summer 2020 Student Contribution Pilot Program, which was passed in the Spring 2020 semester. 11/12/2020 5:00pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
9 Demanding Cornell Dissolve All Relations With The Ithaca Police Department Submitted to the President The purpose of this resolution is to call for Cornell University to dissolve all ties with the Ithaca Police Department. 11/17/2020 8:15am Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
8 Cayuga Land Acknowledgement Acknowledged by the President This resolution calls for the Student Assembly to amend the Standing Rules to include a land acknowledgement of the Cayuga Nation, on whose territory the University occupies. This land acknowledgement will be issued before all SA-affiliated events. 12/22/2020 4:45pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
7 Support for Native American and Indigenous Students at Cornell’s Demands Acknowledged by the President This resolution calls for the Student Assembly to support the demands of Native American and Indigenous Students at Cornell (NAISAC) 12/22/2020 5:00pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
6 Amending the Rank Choice Voting System for all Cornell Student Assembly Elections Accepted by the President This resolution is intended to amend the Rank Choice system for all Cornell Student Assembly Elections. 12/09/2020 4:15pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
5 Amending and Ratifying the 2020-2021 Student Assembly Standing Rules Adopted by the Assembly This resolution amends and ratifies the 2020-2021 Student Assembly Standing Rules. 10/08/2020 5:15pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
4 Amending and Ratifying the Student Assembly Bylaws Adopted by the Assembly This resolution amends and ratifies the Student Assembly Bylaws. Notable amendments include: the addition of officer duties for the Vice President of Research and Accountability, a revised system for community voting, and the creation of ex-officio positions for the Student Advocate and the Director of Student Government Relations. 10/08/2020 5:00pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
3 Amending and Ratifying the Student Assembly Charter Adopted by the Assembly This resolution amends and ratifies the Student Assembly Charter. Notable amendments include the creation of the Dyson School of Business representative as well as the creation of an at-large seat reserved for candidates seeking to represent students with disabilities. 10/08/2020 4:45pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
2 Reducing the SAF for Fall2020 (2020SU) Accepted by the President This resolution reduces the Student Activity Fee for Fall 2020. 08/12/2020 1:00pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
1 Reinstating the Power of the AY 2019-2020 Student Assembly (2020SU) Acknowledged by the President This resolution reinstates the power of the AY 2019-2020 Student Assembly until the Fall 2020 election is complete. 09/05/2020 11:00am Student Assembly AY 2020-2021

Assembly Name: University Assembly

Res. No. Resolution Status Abstract Last Updated Assembly Name Term
10 Requesting the Board of Trustees Delay Their Vote on the New Student Code of Conduct Tabled Indefinitely This resolution encourages the Board of Trustees to delay their vote on the Student Code of Conduct until issues regarding jurisdiction over the code are able to be fleshed out. Additionally, this resolution requests postponing the vote so that the student population has adequate time to submit public comment. 12/08/2020 6:15pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021
9 Resolution to re-name “Goldwin Smith Hall” in order to foster an increasingly inclusive campus environment Tabled Indefinitely This resolution calls for the remaining of “Goldwin Smith Hall” to foster an increasingly inclusive campus environment 12/08/2020 6:15pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021
8 Expressing the U.A. Opinion on the New Student Code of Conduct Tabled Indefinitely This resolution expresses the U.A. opinion on the new Student Code of Conduct 12/08/2020 6:15pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021
7 In Support of an Independent Review of Cornell Admissions Practices Tabled Indefinitely This resolution calls for the University to create a committee to look at and 3 admission’s practices and make recommendations as to how the University can increase 4 economic diversity on campus. 12/08/2020 6:15pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021
6 Maintaining the University Assembly's Jurisdiction Over the Code of Conduct Acknowledged by the President This resolution supports maintaining the University Assembly's Jurisdiction Over the Code of Conduct. 12/23/2020 4:30pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021
5 In Recognition and Appreciation of Cornell University Students Acknowledged by the President This resolution is a formal recognition of the response of Cornell University students to the COVID-19 pandemic and to thank them for their efforts to protect Cornell's Ithaca campus community. 12/23/2020 8:00am University Assembly AY 2020-2021
4 Acknowledging the Passing of Transgender Day of Remembrance, Upholding the University Assembly’s Commitment to Representing Trans and Genderqueer Members of the Campus Community, and Establishing the LGBTQIA+ Facilitator to the University Assembly Acknowledged by the President This resolution expresses the Cornell University Assembly’s recognition of the 21st Transgender Day of Remembrance which took place on Friday, November 20th, 2020. The bill also seeks to ensure that the names of all the transgender and gender queer people who died from violence in the United States this year and all future years are documented in our record. The resolution affirms the University Assembly’s support for protecting the rights and safety of LGBTQIA+ Cornellians. Finally, the resolution establishes the LGBTQIA+ Facilitator to the University Assembly, who will be elected from the voting membership to serve as the primary point of contact between LGBTQIA+ community groups and the University Assembly. 12/23/2020 7:45am University Assembly AY 2020-2021
3 Bylaw Changes to Require Recorded Voting Acknowledged by the President This resolution proposed adding a subsection to Article II of the Bylaws of the University Assembly that would require recorded votes be taking for all voting matters outside of executive session or organizational meetings. 12/23/2020 4:30pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021
2 Support for Native American and Indigenous Students at Cornell's Demands Acknowledged by the President This resolution calls for the University Assembly to support the demands of Native American and Indigenous Students at Cornell (NAISAC). 12/23/2020 12:00pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021
1 Bylaw Changes to the Appointment of Committee Chairs and Members Acknowledged by the President This resolution proposes language to amend the University Assembly bylaws regarding the appointment of Standing Committee chairs and members. 11/17/2020 5:30pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021