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Res. No. Resolution Status Abstract Last Updated Assembly Name Term
21 Resolution Demanding Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accountability Adopted by the Assembly This resolution calls for an independent audit of Cornell University’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and demands the University immediately adopt CLCPA-mandated greenhouse gas accounting in order to establish transparency and maintain prolonged accountability as it relates to University GHG emissions. 04/06/2021 4:30pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021
20 Advocating for a Tree-per-Graduate Program at Cornell University Committee Review This resolution calls for Cornell University to begin a Tree-per-Graduate program requiring the University to plant one tree per degree issued. 04/06/2021 4:30pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021
19 Calling on Cornell to Establish Itself as a Sanctuary Campus Submitted to the President This resolution is calling on Cornell to establish itself as a sanctuary campus for undocumented students, faculty, and staff. 04/08/2021 4:15pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021
18 Encouraging the Board of Trustees to Revoke Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Ex-Officio Membership Tabled Indefinitely This resolution calls on the Cornell University Board of Trustees to revoke the Ex-Officio membership of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in light of recent allegations of sexual harassment and covering up the deaths of nursing home residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. 04/06/2021 4:15pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021
17 Calling on Cornell to End All Ties With Immigration and Customs Enforcement Submitted to the President This resolution is calling on Cornell to absolve all ties with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), including but not limited to recruitment, education, training, research, and technological equipment and software. 04/08/2021 5:00pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021
16 Calling for a Veterans Support Center Committee Review This resolution calls for a support center for members of the Cornell University community who have served or plan on serving in the Armed Forces of the United States of America (ideally the designation of former Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity House (120 Mary Ann Wood Drive)). 03/16/2021 5:00pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021
15 Amending the University Assembly Bylaws’ Title of the Standing ‘Campus Infrastructure Committee’ (CIC) Submitted to the President The resolution proposes an amendment to the body’s bylaws in order to more accurately reflect the expansive jurisdiction of the University Assembly’s Campus Infrastructure Committee (CIC) procedures and authority, specifically as it relates to environmental sustainability. 04/08/2021 4:00pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021
14 Calling on the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) to divest funds from all fossil fuel holdings and agribusiness practices associated with deforestation and human rights abuses Rejected by the President This resolution calls on the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) to divest funds from all fossil fuel holdings and agribusiness practices associated with deforestation and human rights abuses. 04/08/2021 2:00pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021
13 Amending the University Assembly Bylaws to allow for the Continuation of Ad Hoc Committees and Subcommittees Tabled Indefinitely This resolution amends the bylaws of the University Assembly to replace language that requires the dissolution of ad hoc committees and subcommittees at the end of a University Assembly term to allow for the indefinite tenure of such committees. 03/02/2021 6:15pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021
12 Requiring All On-Campus Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff in Honor of Those Lost to COVID-19 Rejected by the President This resolution calls on University officials to lower all flags on Cornell’s campuses to “half-staff” in honor of those who lost their lives at the hands of the “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. 03/11/2021 7:15pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021
11 Emergency Appointment of University Hearing Board and University Review Board Members for Academic Year 2020-2021 Acknowledged by the President This resolution establishes the emergency appointment of University Hearing Board and University Review Board members for the Academic Year 2020-2021. 03/11/2021 7:00pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021
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 Committee Review This resolution calls for the remaining of “Goldwin Smith Hall” to foster an increasingly inclusive campus environment 02/17/2021 5:15pm University Assembly AY 2020-2021
8 Expressing Gratitude From the U.A. to Each Individual that Helped in the New Student Code of Conduct Process Acknowledged by the President This resolution expresses gratitude to the individuals who were involved in the redrafting of the new Student Code of Conduct. 03/11/2021 7:00pm 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. 02/16/2021 5:30pm 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