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Assembly Name: Employee Assembly

Res. No. Resolution Status Abstract Last Updated Assembly Name Term
4 In Support of President Pollack Acknowledged by the President In response to the open letter calling for President Pollack’s resignation from Jon Lindseth ’56, emeritus member of the Cornell Board of Trustees and donor to the University, to Board of Trustees Chair Kraig Kayser MBA ’84 and the entire Board of Trustees; the Employee Assembly officially affirms strong, unwavering support for President Pollack and her leadership. We strongly reject calls for a change of leadership at Cornell University. 02/07/2024 11:15am Employee Assembly AY 2023-2024
3 Revision of the Employee Assembly Awards Acknowledged by the President In 2023, the Employee Assembly Recognition and Awards sub-committee of the Communications, Outreach & Recognition Committee made several updates to the Award for Staff Integrity and Inclusion and the George Peter Award for Dedicated Service. The changes more appropriately reflect the Cornell University’s values as well as align with the eligibility, criteria and scoring of the University’s President’s Awards for Employee Excellence. 09/20/2023 2:30pm Employee Assembly AY 2023-2024
2 Approving the 2023 Budget Acknowledged by the President This is the operating budget for the EA 2023-2024 legislative session. 09/06/2023 11:15am Employee Assembly AY 2023-2024
1 Time Change for Employee Assembly Regularly Scheduled Meetings Acknowledged by the President This resolution recommends a change in the time of the regularly scheduled Employee Assembly meetings to 12:00 PM until 1:15 PM. 09/06/2023 10:30am Employee Assembly AY 2023-2024

Assembly Name: Graduate and Professional Student Assembly

Res. No. Resolution Status Abstract Last Updated Assembly Name Term
5 GPSAFC Guidelines Amendment Submitted to the President Minor Amendment to the GPSAFC guidelines 02/19/2024 5:45pm Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
4 Recommendation for the Graduate and Professional Student Activity Fee for 2024-2026 Accepted by the President The GPSA, during the fall semester of odd-numbered years, through the authority delegated by the President of the University and the Board of Trustees, shall be charged with recommending the amount and the allocation of the Graduate and Professional Student Activity Fee, subject to the approval of the President of the University. 11/13/2023 5:45pm Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
3 Solidarity with Cornell Graduate Students United Acknowledged by the President This resolution expresses the Graduate and Professional Students Assembly’s solidarity with fellow graduate student workers and support for their and our unionization effort. We thank the Student Assembly (SA) for the creation of the basis of this resolution. 10/30/2023 1:45pm Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
2 FY24 Internal Budget Acknowledged by the President This resolution approves the internal GPSA budget. 10/02/2023 2:15pm Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
1 Amending GPSA Finance Commission Funding Guidelines to Align With Current Funding Protocol on Campus Groups Acknowledged by the President University funding organizations have reorganized to streamline the budget request and payment request process within Campus Groups. The GPSA Finance Commission Funding Guidelines document no longer represents the funding protocol. This resolution re-writes the Funding Guidelines to follow the Campus Groups protocol and to streamline/minimize the funding requirements to make it simpler for funded organizations to use their money to put on community events. 08/28/2023 12:00pm Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2023-2024

Assembly Name: Student Assembly

Res. No. Resolution Status Abstract Last Updated Assembly Name Term
58 Suspending University Policy 4.23 to Affirm the Responsibility of the Shared Governance System and Uphold Freedom of Expression Adopted by the Assembly This resolution critiques the Interim Expressive Activity Policy (University Policy 4.23) for lacking consultation with shared governance bodies and infringing on freedom of expression. It calls for the policy's suspension until a formal consultation process is established, emphasizing the need to uphold academic freedom and collaborative decision-making. 02/22/2024 6:15pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
57 Suspending the Cornell interim Expressive Activity Policy to Promote Freedom of Expression Tabled Indefinitely This resolution addresses concerns with Cornell's new Interim Expressive Activity Policy, which imposes significant restrictions on expressive activities without robust student input. It calls for the suspension of policy implementation and urges thorough discussion within the Student Assembly to address contradictions and uphold freedom of speech and expression principles. 02/22/2024 6:15pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
56 Affirming the Responsibility of the Shared Governance System to Uphold Freedom of Expression Tabled Indefinitely This resolution acknowledges the essential importance of consulting the organs of shared governance in policy making that directly affects undergraduate life, especially policies concerning freedom of expression; it recognizes the fifty-year history of consultation between the University President and the Student Assembly as the crucial mechanism to develop a cohesive social contract on campus; it recognizes the role of the University President to administer the University; and it recommends the interim Expressive Activity Policy not be renewed absent the formal advice, consideration and review of the assemblies. 02/22/2024 6:15pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
51 Calling for Cornell to Follow its Divestment Guidelines and Divest from Systemic Violence Against Civilians in Gaza Rejected by the Assembly This resolution calls upon the Board of Trustees to divest from companies complicit in committing ‘morally reprehensible actions,’ including perpetrating plausible genocide,maintaining an apartheid state in Occupied Palestine, and perpetuating systemic cruelty to children throughout Palestine during the war. 01/31/2024 6:45pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
50 Creating an Ad Hoc Committee on Cornell University's Corporate Social Responsibility and ESG Policies Submitted to the President This resolution creates an ad hoc committee to draft a report on the University’s CSR and ESG policies related to the University’s endowment. 01/30/2024 6:30pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
49 Establishing an Ad-hoc committee for Student Engagement Submitted to the President Promoting community engagement under the Freedom of Expression Theme Year, this Committee will organize guest speakers to visit campus as individuals or panelists and speak on their topics of expertise. In addition, these speakers will answer student questions and address student interests. This series is intended to encourage campus wide freedom of expression and increase student engagement with their academic community. 02/01/2024 3:30pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
48 Supporting the Leadership of President Pollack & Provost Kotlikoff Submitted to the President This resolution affirms the Student Assembly’s support for the leadership of President Pollack, Provost Kotlikoff, Vice President Ryan Lombardi, and Dean Marla Love. 01/29/2024 6:30pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
47 Creating an Ad Hoc Committee to Bolster Community Engagement Submitted to the President This resolution establishes an ad hoc committee to reinstate the Home Plate initiative at Cornell. 01/25/2024 3:30pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
46 Commending Rahul Verma ’24 for his Service to the Student Assembly Submitted to the President This resolution commends Rahul Verma ’24 for his service to the Student Assembly as Director of Elections. 01/23/2024 6:30pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
45 Amending the Previously Adopted Authorization of the Transfer of Reserve Funds to Black Students United (BSU) Submitted to the President This resolution amends the authorization of reserve funds for a February 2024 trip to Washington, D.C. for Black Students United (BSU) to reflect updated financials. 01/25/2024 3:15pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
44 Creating an Ad Hoc Committee to Investigate Student Employment and Wages Submitted to the President This resolution establishes an ad hoc committee to investigate and recommend changes to practices involving student employment and wages at Cornell University. 01/22/2024 6:15pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
43 Authorizing the Transfer of Reserve Funds to Black Students United (BSU) Acknowledged by the President This resolution authorizes the transfer of $24,378 from the Student Assembly’s reserve funds to Black Students United (BSU) to fund their annual trip to Washington, DC. 11/30/2023 10:15am Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
42 A Resolution in Support of Amending the Student Suicide Prevention Act Adopted by the Assembly A resolution to join other student governments in calling the NY State Senate to amend the Student Suicide Prevention Act to include protections for college students. 11/30/2023 10:15am Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
41 Changing the Election Timeline of the OSGR Adopted by the Assembly This resolution changes the Office of Student Government Relations (OSGR) Executive board election timeline to match the Student Assembly election timeline. 11/30/2023 10:00am Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
39 Recommendation for the Student Activity Fee for 2024-2026 Submitted to the President This resolution recommends the respective allocations for the 2024-2026 SAF Allocation Cycle. 11/16/2023 1:00pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
38 Adjusting the 2024-2026 Student Activity Fee Allocations for the Cornell University Program Board and the Tatkon Center for New Students Adopted by the Assembly This resolution recommends the adjustment of the Cornell University Programming Board (CUPB) allocation from $17.00 to $15.39, and the Tatkon Center for New Students recommended allocation should be increased from $12.25 to $13.86 for the 2024-2026 SAF Cycle. 11/09/2023 12:45pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
37 Making Election Day a Holiday Adopted by the Assembly This resolution aims to increase civic engagement in the Cornell population by proposing Election Day to be made a holiday. 11/02/2023 12:45pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
34 Creation of the Role of OSGR Deputy Director Adopted by the Assembly This resolution creates a new Executive Board Position in the Student Assembly’s Office of Student Government Relations 10/26/2023 1:00pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
33 Protecting Freedom of Expression: Anti-Doxxing Adopted by the Assembly The threat of doxxing poses substantial safety concerns infringing upon students’ abilities to freely express themselves, increasing their likelihood to be victims of targeted attacks and harassment. This resolution is intended to prompt the Cornell administration to adopt a more proactive role in safeguarding the privacy of its students and upholding their right to “Freedom of Expression.” 11/02/2023 12:30pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
31 Toward Relief and Peace in the Middle East In Discussion This resolution authorizes the Assembly to run a donation drive to support relief and peace efforts in the Middle East 10/12/2023 1:45pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
30 Removing Median Grades In Discussion This resolution requests Cornell University ceases the practice of reporting median grades on official transcripts. 10/12/2023 1:45pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
29 Increasing Engagement for the Human Ecology and Arts and Sciences Representative Seat Draft This resolution waives the petitioning requirement in the Human Ecology and Arts and Sciences Representative races for the Fall ‘23 Student Assembly Elections. 10/05/2023 3:00pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
28 Creating an Ad Hoc Committee to Study Student Organization Policies In Discussion This resolution establishes an ad hoc committee to study the polices governing student organizations. 10/05/2023 3:00pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
27 Amending the Previously Adopted Resolution 20 Returned by the President This resolution amends the previously adopted Resolution 20. 10/30/2023 2:30pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
26 Promoting Engagement for the Fall '23 Elections Adopted by the Assembly This resolution approves an additional funds allocation to the Student Assembly Elections Committee for the purpose of purchasing prizes to be randomly given away to undergraduate students who vote in the Fall 2023 Student assembly elections. 10/02/2023 6:00pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
25 Amending Resolution 23 Adopted by the Assembly In order to ensure that additional funding is used to best benefit the Cornell undergraduate population, the Student Assembly provides stipulations on the usage of the $400,000 transfer to the Slope Day Programming Board. 10/02/2023 5:45pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
24 Condemning Sexual Assault and Supporting Survivors Adopted by the Assembly The resolution condemns the recent incident of sexual assault and urges the administration to take steps to affirm our shared commitment to safety, inclusion, belonging, and respect for all Cornellians. 09/21/2023 5:30pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
23 Authorizing the Transfer of Reserve Funds to the Slope Day Programming Board Adopted by the Assembly This resolution authorizes the transfer of $400,000 from the reserve account of SAFC to the Slope Day Programming Board. 09/21/2023 5:15pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
22 Student Assembly Transparency Initiative (SATI) Two Submitted to the President This resolution allows for direct engagement with the student body to be used as an alternative to obtaining a community sponsor. 09/14/2023 12:30pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
21 Solidarity with Cornell Graduate Students United Submitted to the President This resolution expresses Cornell undergraduates’ solidarity with graduate student workers and support for their unionization effort. 09/14/2023 12:15pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
20 Amendments to Article IV of the Charter Submitted to the President This resolutions amends Article IV of the Charter to revise and modernize language on aspects of the membership of the Assembly. 09/14/2023 12:00pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
19 Amendments to Election Rules for Fall 2023 Acknowledged by the President This resolution updates the Student Assembly Election Rules for the Fall 2023 Elections. 09/14/2023 12:00pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
18 To Create a Process for the Reallocation of Rollover Funds Acknowledged by the President This resolution amends the Charter of the Student Assembly to create a process for the reallocation of the rollover funds of byline organizations. 09/19/2023 2:15pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
17 Student Assembly Advisory Board Tabled Indefinitely The Assembly, with the consent of the University President, hereby adopts the attached document as the true and correct copy of the Charter of the Student Assembly. 08/07/2023 11:45am Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
16 Allyship to the Cornell LGBTQ+ Community Acknowledged by the President Per the current Charter regulations on Byline applications, all organizations applying for SAF funding must disclose a full list of member names in order to submit a valid Byline application. This rule, though facially neutral, has harmful unintended consequences that impact the LGBTQ+ community at Cornell. This resolution explains the implications of the rule on HAVEN: The LGBTQ+ Student Union, and lists the accommodation that HAVEN requires, including standards that HAVEN will be held in lieu of submitting member names. 09/07/2023 11:45am Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
15 Amendments to the Slope Day Programming Board governing documents Adopted by the Assembly This resolution affirms the changes that were made to the Slope Day Programming Board governing documents. 08/23/2023 12:00pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
14 Amendments to the Multicultural Greek and Fraternal Council governing documents Adopted by the Assembly This resolution affirms the changes that were made to the Multicultural Greek and Fraternal Council governing documents. 08/23/2023 12:00pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
13 Amendments to the International Students Union governing documents Adopted by the Assembly This resolution affirms the changes that were made to the International Students Union governing documents. 08/23/2023 12:00pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
12 Amendments to the Community Partnership Funding Board governing documents Adopted by the Assembly This resolution affirms the changes that were made to the Community Partnership Funding Board governing documents. 08/23/2023 12:00pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
11 Approving the 2023-2024 Student Assembly Budget Adopted by the Assembly This resolution approves the Student Assembly Operating Budget for the 2023-2024 Academic Year. 08/23/2023 12:00pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
10 Requiring the VP of Finance to be granted full Admin Access on Campus Groups Adopted by the Assembly This resolution reinstates the VP of Finance admin-level access on the CampusGroups platform to ensure efficient operations throughout the 2023-2024 Academic Year. 08/23/2023 12:00pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
9 Amending the Student Assembly Charter Accepted by the President This resolution amends the current Student Assembly Charter to allow mobility in addressing the current financial reporting completed by organizations as a part of the SAF final application process. Additionally, this resolution removes the requirement to submit a written final application to the Office of Assemblies and instructs organizations to bring 17 printed copies to their appropriations meeting hearings. Finally, this resolution adds qualitative questions to the final application, allowing for members of the Appropriations Committee and Student Assembly to better understand what the applicant does and the struggles they are currently facing. 07/24/2023 10:15am Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
8 A Letter to the NYSDOH Regarding SHP Plus Acknowledged by the President For the last ten years the NYSDOH has supported students attending New York’s only land grant institution by providing the funding for SHP Plus, a no cost insurance plan for medicaid eligible students that has the same benefits that students are used to but has portability all over the world. The Student Assembly Executive Board, in conjunction with the office of Student Health Benefits as well as other administrators, wrote the following resolution and letter to express their disapproval about the discontinuation of this program. 07/16/2023 7:00pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
7 Student Assembly Transparency Initiative One (S.A.T.I) In Discussion This resolution promotes community engagement through organizational collaboration on future resolutions passed by the Student Assembly. 07/16/2023 7:00pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
6 Create an Internal Operations Committee Adopted by the Assembly This resolution amends the Bylaws to create a committee to manage internal operations. 07/09/2023 6:00pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
5 Permanently Suspending the Special Rules of Order Adopted by the Assembly As all language contained within the Special Rules of Order are repeated in the other governing documents, this resolution permanently suspends the Special Rules of Order in order to reduce overlap. 07/02/2023 7:00pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
4 Amending the Student Assembly Charter Acknowledged by the President This resolution amends the current Student Assembly Charter to streamline the Student Activity Fee allocation guidelines and procedure. Additionally, it allows for the Campus Activities organization re-registration to open before an application is due, allows byline officers/advisors to focus on development and structures over the summer leading up to the start of the academic year rather than trying to balance a double reporting byline process that requests similar data sets, and fosters a more collaborative and engagement relationship between byline organizations and the student Assembly, rather than a process-heavy and transactional relationship. 06/25/2023 6:30pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
3 Implementing the Office of Ethics’ Recommendations on Presidential Succession Acknowledged by the President This resolution implements the recommendations from the Student Assembly Office of Ethics’ Proposal for Resolving Governing Document Conflict and Establishing a Consistent Method for Presidential Succession in the Student Assembly. These recommendations select a President of the Student Assembly via analysis of Robert’s Rules of Order, the Charter, the Bylaws, and arguments presented to the Office of Ethics and outline future steps for stabilizing presidential succession. 05/18/2023 12:15pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
2 Transparency in Cornell’s Relationship With Starbucks Submitted to the President This resolution releases information regarding Cornell University’s relationship with Starbucks. 05/10/2023 12:00pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024
1 Starbucks Off Our Campus Acknowledged by the President This resolution proposed a University policy that terminates Cornell University’s relationship with Starbucks Coffee in response to their repeated illegal anti-worker efforts, including the closing of union stores in Ithaca, New York. 05/10/2023 12:00pm Student Assembly AY 2023-2024