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Assembly Name: Student Assembly

Res. No. Resolution Status Abstract Last Updated Assembly Name Term
53 Approving Special Projects Funding Request Acknowledged by the President This resolution approves $2,500 of Special Projects funding to the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 06/17/2021 5:45pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
52 Amending Leave of Absence Policies Submitted to the President The resolution aims to call Cornell to amend its leave of absence policies in order to better accommodate the mental health well being of the student body. 05/22/2021 4:30pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
51 Donation of the SHAC Funds to the Cornell Student Access Fund Acknowledged by the President The purpose of this resolution is to allow for the Student Health Advisory Committee to transfer its funds to the Cornell Access Fund. 06/17/2021 5:45pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
50 Establishing Automatic Professor Updates on Check-in at Cornell Health Rejected by the President The Student Assembly recommends that the Cornell Health and the Faculty Senate consider implementing a policy to automatically inform professors of a walk-in, visit, or appointment with the patient’s informed consent. 06/26/2021 2:00pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
49 Support of the Choice-Based Grading System for the Remainder of the Spring 2021 Semester Rejected by the President This resolution supports implementing the Choice-Based Grading System for the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester in response to the unprecedented burdens associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and recent events that have left students mourning and grieving. 06/10/2021 3:15pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
47 ILR SA x SGA Relations Adopted by the Assembly This resolution aims to establish the formal and necessary connection between the ILR. Schools’ Student Government Organization (‘SGA’) and the ILR. School’s Student Assembly Representative. In summary, the ILR. School is the only college within the university that has procured an organization with the intellectual and legislative characteristics of the SGA. It should be noted, this organization is unique in the sense that it has developed into a focal point for student activity within the ILR. School: the entity formally in charge of facilitating ILR. student activity. 05/13/2021 5:30pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
46 Petition for University Owned Residence Security Tabled Indefinitely This resolution calls for action on the growing issue of theft and offense in University owned residence halls. 04/22/2021 5:15pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
45 Petition to Renew Housing Amenities Accepted by the President This resolution is a demand to renew outdated facilities in on-campus residences, specifically targeting communal kitchens and bathrooms. 06/03/2021 8:00pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
44 Petition for Better Lighting on Cornell Owned Student Dormitories Accepted by the President This resolution is a call for action on insufficient dormitory light and subsequent poor student academic performance. 06/17/2021 5:45pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
43 Demanding Cornell Implement a University-Wide Slip Day System Deferred by the President This resolution calls on Administration to create an academic policy that grants each student 10 slip days to be used at their discretion in each enrolled course per semester. 07/13/2021 9:15am Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
42 Adding Mental Health Checks to the Daily Check Rejected by the President This resolution calls for the addition of a mental health and wellbeing related question on the Daily Check portal to better connect students with mental health resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. 12/03/2021 10:00am Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
41 Disengaging Cornell from the War in Yemen Rejected by the President This resolution calls for an end to Cornell’s relationship with Saudi Arabia and arms manufacturers involved in war crimes in the War in Yemen. 12/03/2021 10:00am Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
40 Approving Special Projects Request for the Sexual Violence Prevention Network Acknowledged by the President This resolution approves $10,400 of Special Projects funding to the Sexual Violence Prevention Network for their Sexual Assault Awareness Month programming 08/09/2021 5:15pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
39 Calling Upon Cornell to Uphold its Ethical Guidelines for International Engagements Rejected by the President This resolution calls upon Cornell University to uphold its ethical values when collaborating with international institutions. 05/14/2021 12:00pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
38 Adding the Students with Disabilities Representative At-Large to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee  Acknowledged by the President This resolution seeks to add the Students with Disabilities Representative At-Large to the list of the Assembly members required to sit on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. 08/09/2021 5:00pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
37 Creating a More Accessible Process for Student Assembly Religious Accommodations Accepted by the President This resolution seeks to create a more accessible process to request an excused absence for religious reasons, or request accommodations for meetings in the event of a religious conflict. 12/03/2021 10:00am Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
36 Calling On Cornell to Establish Itself as a Sanctuary Campus Acknowledged by the President This resolution is calling on Cornell to establish itself as a sanctuary campus for undocumented students, faculty, and staff. 04/21/2021 10:00am Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
35 Calling on Cornell to End All Ties with ICE Acknowledged by 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. 12/03/2021 10:00am Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
34 A Manifesto Calling Upon Cornell to Actionably Support the Asian American Community Acknowledged by the President Calling upon Cornell to actionably support the Asian American community at Cornell by delivering on the recommendations from the Mental Health Review Final Report, reaffirming funding and academic promises to the Asian American Studies Program (AASP) and ethnic studies at Cornell, reviewing the role of Greek Life and fraternities on campus, reviewing Title IX and the Bias Reporting process, and reconsider the disarmament of the CUPD. 05/05/2021 3:00pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
33 Winter/Summer Term Financial Aid Acknowledged by the President This resolution recommends that Cornell grant-based aid is expanded to include both summer and winter session enrollment. Currently, grant-based financial aid is only available for fall/spring terms. In the summer/winter terms, students only have aid in the form of work or loans. This resolution would benefit low income students, especially in light of COVID-19, who may have had to drop courses in light of personal hardships, and students who may be behind on credits necessary to graduate on time. We are requesting this adjustment to the financial aid policy be permanently implemented. 12/03/2021 10:00am Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
32 Amendments to Election Rules for Spring 2021 Accepted by the President This resolution updates the Student Assembly Election Rules for the Spring 2021 Election. This is necessitated by the ongoing public health restrictions related to COVID-19, and the need to be inclusive of all students, whether they are on campus or attending remotely. 08/09/2021 5:00pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
31 Donating SA Communications Committee Funds to the Student Access Fund Acknowledged by the President This resolution approves the transfer of funds from the SA Communications Committee to the Student Access Fund to support students with demonstrated needs given the many aspects of the Cornell college experience that might not be accessible to low-income students. 08/09/2021 5:00pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
30 Calling For the Disarmament of the Cornell University Police Department Rejected by the President This resolution is calling for the disarmament of the Cornell University Police Department. 01/27/2021 8:00am Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
29 Extension to Good Samaritan Laws Acknowledged by the President This resolution asked that Cornell extends Good Samaritan Laws. 02/12/2021 11:15am Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
28 Campus Policing Reform Tabled Indefinitely The Student Assembly calls for Cornell University to adopt the following changes to university's policing system. 02/11/2021 5:45pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
27 Final Exam Policy Extension to Thirty Hours Acknowledged by the President The Student Assembly recommends that the Faculty Senate consider changing the final exam policy from 24 hours to 30 hours and propose that the Senate begin simulation testing of this policy. 12/03/2021 10:00am Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
26 Encouraging Diversity in Professional Organizations Acknowledged by the President The purpose of this resolution is to get the Student Assembly and the University to encourage professional organizations to admit more diverse applicants in future application cycles. 08/09/2021 5:00pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
25 Including Pronouns and Phonetic Name Pronunciations in Class Rosters Deferred by the President This resolution is calling for the incorporation of students’ phonetic name pronunciations and pronouns in all professors’ class rosters. 08/09/2021 5:00pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
24 Creating a Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Acknowledged by the President The purpose of this resolution is to allow for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee to distribute their funds amongst minority organizations in the form of a scholarship. 08/09/2021 5:00pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
23 Demanding Cornell Allows Anabel's Grocery to Reopen for the Spring 2021 Semester Accepted by 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. 01/29/2021 3:30pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
22 Creating an ad-hoc Taskforce on Harassment, Bias, and Discrimination Acknowledged by the President This resolution creates an ad-hoc Taskforce that will be an extension of the Student Assembly but housed within the Office of the Student Advocate. The charge of this taskforce is twofold: 1. To support students and provide resources for students experiencing harassment, bias, and discrimination and 2. To gather feedback and concerns from the Student Assembly and the student body on how current policies for reporting harassment and bias can be improved and propose those recommendations to the Student Assembly and Cornell administration. 12/03/2021 10:00am 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 Acknowledged by 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. 02/12/2021 8:00am Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
19 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. 02/12/2021 8:00am Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
18 In Recognition and Appreciation of Cornell Employees and Staff Acknowledged by 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. 08/09/2021 4:45pm 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 Acknowledged by the President This resolution asks for the Student Assembly to support the demands of the Cornell University Caribbean Students' Association (CSA). 02/16/2021 3:15pm Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
15 Demanding Cornell to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement Acknowledged by 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. 12/03/2021 10:00am Student Assembly AY 2020-2021
14 Amendment to 2019-2020 SA Resolution 14 (Establishing the Office of Student Government Relations): Creation of Bylaws Acknowledged by the President These amendments to the Student Assembly Bylaws seek to establish the bylaws for the Office of Student Government Relations. 02/09/2021 11:30am 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 Rejected by the President The purpose of this resolution is to call for Cornell University to dissolve all ties with the Ithaca Police Department. 01/27/2021 8:00am 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