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Undergraduate - 2018 Referenda and Constitutional Amendments:

Highlander News Referendum

Ballot Language:

Your student paper needs your help. The Highlander Newspaper has stood for 63 years as UC Riverside’s independent and student-run media outlet, serving as a critical source of vital information, engaging commentary and quality storytelling for students and the community. Though, as independent media is disappearing, The Highlander is struggling to stay afloat. A $1.00 increase to the current quarterly fee of $2.00 (to be collected fall, winter, spring and summer quarters — effective starting fall 2018) would help absorb the Highlander’s steadily rising print, maintenance and operating costs to ensure it continues serving you and the campus by:
  • Providing practical experience for students interested in journalism, marketing, media production, and design on a campus without a journalism program
  • Delivering breaking news and commentary on the issues that affect the future of our campus
  • Expanding media team and resources to consistently hold campus administrators, faculty, and student leaders accountable
  • Giving a platform for students, clubs, and organizations to tell their stories and highlight their service to campus

In accordance with campus policy, 25% of the new fee, or $0.25, would be returned to financial aid. Do you support a $1.00 quarterly fee increase for the Highlander Newspaper Revitalization as described above?

Yes, I vote to pass the Highlander News Referendum Fee, which will increase the Highlander Newspaper Fee by $1.00, for a total of $3.00 per quarter, which will begin in Fall 2018.

No, I do not vote to pass the Highlander News Referendum Fee, hich will increase the Highlander Newspaper Fee by $1.00.


Introduction:

The Highlander News Referendum is an effort by the Highlander Newspaper student staff to preserve UC Riverside’s 63-year-long standing, independent student-run news source. As the only newspaper on campus, the Highlander champions free speech and serves as a source of critical, honest, and vital information for students on campus life, student leaders, the administration, and larger Riverside community.

Since setting the quarterly Highlander Newspaper fee at $2.00 in 2001, the publication has provided numerous career opportunities for students despite the growing challenges of maintaining an independent media source. Now, as rising rental costs and declining print advertising threaten to take away these jobs and the paper altogether, your school newspaper needs your help!

The referendum proposes that the current Highlander Newspaper fee be raised by $1.00 for undergraduates to fund rising printing costs, space rental increases and operational expansions, all to ensure the existence of jobs for students interested in journalism, marketing, media production, and design. At a school without a journalism program, providing students with practical experience in these fields is critical.

Funding/Oversight:

A $1.00 increase to the quarterly Highlander Newspaper fee (less than half the cost of your regular Starbucks coffee) will be established by a referendum vote of the student body, and be run through the Associated Students office. The Highlander Editorial Board will monitor the expenditures created by the additional revenues.

The current undergraduate fee to fund the Highlander Newspaper is $2.00 per quarter. The proposed increase of $1.00 will increase that fee to $3.00 per quarter. In accordance with campus policy, 25% of the new fee, or $0.25, would be returned to financial aid. The remaining $2.75 would fund the Highlander Newspaper starting in fall 2018. The fee would be collected fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters.

Referendum Passage: In compliance with UC and UCR policies, this referendum must meet the following criteria during elections to be approved by the student body:

      At least 20% of the student body must vote on the issue.
      A majority of the votes cast must vote in favor of the issue.

Funding for Highlander Empowerment Student Services Referendum (HESSR)

Ballot Language:

If approved, in Fall 2020 this referendum will replace the current HESSR fee of $14.00 per quarter for a net increase of $2.00 per quarter and will include Undocumented Student Programs. The new fee effective Fall 2020 would be $16.00 per quarter.

Do you support a quarterly fee of $16.00 per undergraduate student for the eight student services programs to meet growing student needs by providing student events and services, programming, collaborative projects, student leadership and employment opportunities, and operational support for students?

  • Fee will replace the current HESSR fee, effective Fall 2020
  • Fee will be assessed to undergraduate students in Fall, Winter, Spring, & Summer quarters
  • 25% of the fee ($4.00 per quarter) will be returned to financial aid to help offset costs for students who are eligible for financial aid
  • The remaining $12.00 per quarter will be split evenly amongst all ethnic and gender programs, currently eight programs, and transferred to each program’s budget.
  • Currently the eight programs include: African Student Programs, Asian Pacific Student Programs, Chicano Student Programs, LGBT Resource Center, Middle Eastern Student Center, Native American Student Programs, Undocumented Student Programs, and Women’s Resource Center.

The approval of this referendum would provide for

  • Increased co-programming with student organizations and student-led initiatives, including funding and advising
  • Staffing to assist students in finding support and resources
  • Support for conference hosting and conference travel
  • Support for Common Ground Collective projects & collaborative initiatives with the Diversity Council
  • Peer mentoring and peer education programs support
  • More resources in each student program office and center, such as student computer support and educational materials
  • Highlander Empowerment Student Services Referendum funds directed to the eight programs will be governed by the Referendum Student Advisory Committee (“RSAC”), made up of UCR undergraduate students.

A yes vote means that you support the $1.00 increase of the Highlander Newspaper Fee for a total of $3.00 per quarter, which will begin in Fall 2018.

A no vote means that you do not support the $1.00 increase of the Highlander Newspaper Fee for a total of $3.00 per quarter

Yes, I hereby support the Highlander Empowerment Student Services Referendum Fee

No, , I hereby do not support the Highlander Empowerment Student Services Referendum Fee and the current quarterly fee of $14.00 per undergraduate student will continue to be assessed until the end of Summer 2020.


Funding for Highlander Empowerment Student Services Referendum (HESSR)

Long Description

Introduction

This referendum acknowledges the student body of University of California, Riverside (“UCR”) is interested in improving and expanding campus services, resources, programs, and leadership activities through African Student Programs, Asian Pacific Student Programs, Chicano Student Programs, LGBT Resource Center, Middle Eastern Student Center, Native American Student Programs, Undocumented Student Programs, and Women’s Resource Center (“eight programs”).

The eight programs are united in their mission to serve all UCR students. Even as UCR enrollment has increased, as well as expenses associated with providing services and programming, the permanent budgets of the eight programs have not grown.

In 2015, the Highlander Empowerment Student Services Referendum was approved to temporarily enhance funding for seven ethnic and gender program offices providing vital student services to all undergraduate students. Since passage, available funding from Student Services Fees has not improved, while the need for student services provided by the ethnic and gender program offices has increased. In addition, Undocumented Student Programs has been established as a new office to help create equal opportunity at UCR for all students to get a quality education, regardless of immigration status.

The 2015 Highlander Empowerment Student Services Referendum provides temporary funding only through Spring 2020. The needs of students helped by HESSR funds are not temporary, however.

Since 2015, the Highlander Empowerment Student Services Referendum fee has allowed the ethnic and gender program offices to provide vital resources and staffing. HESSR funding is critical to assisting distressed students, struggling with issues ranging from hate crimes and incidents, family and financial situations interfering with academic success, sexual assault and sexual harassment, suicide and other mental health and wellness concerns. HESSR funding results in new employment for students and co-sponsorship opportunities for student organizations. HESSR funding makes possible campus-wide speakers, performers, conferences, and community-building events that educate and empower all Highlanders.

Permanent funding for the Highlander Empowerment Student Services Referendum will allow the eight programs to continue to meet undergraduate students’ needs by providing:

  • Increased co-programming with student organizations and student-led initiatives, including funding and advising
  • Staffing to assist students in finding support and resources
  • Support for conference hosting and conference travel
  • Support for Common Ground Collective projects & collaborative initiatives with the Diversity Council
  • Peer mentoring and peer education programs support
  • More resources in each student program office and center, such as student computer support and educational materials
  • Operational support for student services programs as described above, as the costs of campus services continue to increase

Funding:

If approved, this referendum fee will be assessed to undergraduate students beginning in Fall 2020 at $16.00 per quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer), as well as provide financial aid funds to meet the University of California “return-to-aid” requirement (see “Return-to-Aid” section below). Of the $16.00 fee collected from undergraduate students, $4.00 per quarter will go to student financial aid. $12.00 per quarter will be split evenly amongst the eight programs, and transferred to each program’s budget. Since Undocumented Student Programs funds are currently housed under the Chicano Student Programs departmental budget, CSP will receive the Undocumented Students Program share of this fee and ensure it is allocated to that program. If USP becomes a stand-alone department in the future, their share will go to the USP departmental budget versus being combined with CSP.

The fee would be assessed without end, unless a determination is made by the Chancellor to eliminate the fee. Up to every five years, beginning in Fall 2024, and following consultation with RSAC, the Chancellor will assess the overall effectiveness of the use of the funds and the extent to which their use still reflects the spirit of the referendum. Based on that assessment, if the Chancellor determines the fee is no longer needed or is not used in the spirit of the referendum, then the fee will terminate at the end of the summer term following the Chancellor's decision.

"Return-to-Aid":

In accordance with University of California policy, 25% of the amount collected from this fee ($4.00 per quarter) will be returned to UC Riverside students in the form of undergraduate financial aid.

Governance:

Highlander Empowerment Student Services Referendum funds directed to the eight programs will be governed by the Referendum Student Advisory Committee (“RSAC”), under the authority of the Chancellor or Chancellor's designate. RSAC will be made up of sixteen members to include eight UCR undergraduate students (with voting privileges) nominated by the Director of each of the eight programs; eight staff members representing the eight programs (ex-officio non-voting); and one staff member (ex-officio non-voting) nominated by the Chancellor or the Chancellor's designate to provide administrative support. RSAC will submit the Bylaws to UCR's Campus Counsel Office for review and endorsement. RSAC will recommend to the Chancellor or Chancellor's designate, for final approval, how the Highlander Empowerment Student Services Referendum funds will be utilized a portion of the funds going directly to the eight programs will be used to support and sustain the work of RSAC. An annual public RSAC report will summarize the use of Highlander Empowerment Student Services Referendum funds.

Referendum Passage:

In compliance with UC and UCR policies, this referendum must meet the following criteria during elections to be approved by the student body.

      At least 20% of the undergraduate student body must participate in the ASUCR ballot voting.
      A majority of the votes cast must vote in favor of the issue.

Green Campus Action Plan (GCAP) Referendum

Ballot Language:

Do you support the rephrasing of referenda, altering the fee distribution and inclusion of food-security in the GCAP referenda?
  • In accordance with campus policy, 25% of the fee ($0.625 cents) would be returned to UC Riverside students in the form of financial aid
  • After the return to aid, the remaining $1.875 would be used for the Green Campus Action Plan (GCAP)

A yes vote means that I hereby support the Green Campus Action Plan referendum changes

A no vote means that I hereby do not support the Green Campus Action Plan referendum changes


Introduction

The Green Campus Action Plan (GCAP) is a collective effort by the undergraduate students of the University of California at Riverside to significantly reduce the world’s overall environmental impact, assist in achieving UCR’s 2025 carbon neutrality goal, and bring recognition to the UCR campus or its affiliates.

The plan proposes the continued funding of environmental and basic-needs internship opportunities, the availability of Green Grants to empower students and their organizations to help reduce the world’s environmental impact, and Green Initiatives prescribed by the GCAP committee.

The aim of GCAP is to transform UC Riverside’s commitment to climate neutrality and sustainability into one of bold and effective leadership. Ultimately, contributing to the university’s role as a premier research institution that inspires, educates, and leads the community it serves.

Funding

The GCAP fee will fund GCAP by providing funds for the continuance of GCAP programs and services as summarized below. It will also satisfy the University of California ‘return to aid’ requirement (see ‘Return to Aid’ section below)

  • Green Initiatives for large scale projects that heavily incorporate renewable energy sources.
  • Green Grants for student organizations, projects, and GCAP events.
  • GCAP Internships, Leadership opportunities, and educational components.
  • It would also combine the existing GCAP funds to the new referendum guidelines. Excess funds in each category would individually roll over annually.

The proposed undergraduate fee to fund these initiatives would be $2.50 per quarter, including summer.

"“Return-to-Aid”

In accordance with campus policy, 25% of the amount collected from this fee ($0.625 cents) would be returned to UC Riverside students in the form of undergraduate financial aid. The remaining $1.875 would continue to fund GCAP starting in the Summer of 2014.

Distribution of Fees:

All allocations will be made in accordance with ASUCR Standing Order #8 – Green Campus Action Plan (GCAP) and ASUCR by-laws. The fee will be allocated as follows:

$1.205 of the fee each quarter would be allocated to fund the estimated costs associated with the implementation of each green initiative.

$0.10 cents of the fee per quarter would be allocated to the GCAP Green Grants for student organizations and clubs

$0.57 cents of the fee per quarter would be allocated to fund annual student positions in organizations that strive to improve our environment and dedication to sustainability.

Any excess or increase in funds due to a growing undergraduate population would individually roll over annually in each category.

Governance:

The GCAP Committee is comprised of ten (10) undergraduate students including an Undergraduate Sustainability Director, Vice-Chair, student representatives from sustainability/environmental organizations, ASUCR Senators, and Finance Committee members. The GCAP funds will be allocated by the GCAP Committee and ratified by the Senate.

The GCAP Committee would be responsible for:

  • Ensuring the Green Initiatives are funded and implemented in a timely manner.
  • Ensuring the Green Grants are allocated equitably and adhere to all GCAP and ASUCR policies
  • Ensuring the GCAP Internships and positions merit funding and run efficiently.
  • Promoting the availability of GCAP funds to the undergraduate population
  • Continuing the goal of keeping GCAP accountable and transparent to the UCR student body.

The GCAP Implementation Committee shall adhere to all further rules and regulations as prescribed by the ASUCR Senate, UCR Policies and any standing orders that may arise.

Referendum Passage: In compliance with UC and UCR policies, this referendum must meet the following criteria during elections to be approved by the student body:

  1. At least 20% of the student body must vote in the elections.
  2. A majority of the votes cast must vote in favor of the issue

 

Graduate - 2018 Referenda and Constitutional Amendments:

GSA Conference Travel Grant Expansion Fee Referendum

Ballot Language:

This fee would increase the Conference Travel Grant fee by $10.00 per quarter, thereby raising the total fee collected from $10.00 to $20.00 per quarter (the current $10.00 fee is collected in the fall, winter, and spring quarters only within the $24.18 GSA Membership fee). The current fee was passed in 1999 and needs to be updated to reflect the increased costs associated with conference travel and the greater number of UCR graduate students attending conferences. Currently, the GSA is awarding more than 700 grants per year and this fee will provide the funds necessary to increase the GSA Conference Travel Grant funds in order to respond to the greater needs. This is critical to preventing potential funding decreases and will also enable the GSA to expand the current award cap amounts by up to $200 per award, subject to an annual cap (determined by the Conference Travel Grant Committee and the Graduate Student Council), which will provide more affordable access to professional conferences.

In accordance with the return-to-aid policy, 25% of the fee increase, or $2.50, would be returned to financial aid. The remaining $7.50 would fund the Conference Travel Grant program expansion starting in fall 2018. The fee would be collected fall, winter, and spring quarters only.

A yes vote means that you support the $10.00 increase of the Conference Travel Grant Fee for a total of $20.00 per quarter, which will begin in Fall 2018 and will provide the necessary funding for the expansion of the grant by up to $200 per award, subject to an annual cap.

A no vote means that you do not support the $10.00 increase of the Conference Travel Grant Fee, keeping the existing fee at $10.00 per quarter.

Yes, I vote to pass the GSA Conference Travel Grant Expansion Fee, which will increase the Conference Travel Grant Fee from $10.00 to a total of $20.00 per quarter, which would begin in Fall Quarter 2018.

No, I do not vote to pass the GSA Conference Travel Grant Expansion Fee of $10.00.

 

A Fee Modification to Lower the UCSA Fee and to Change it to the External Advocacy Membership Fee

Purpose:

The purposes of this referendum are to 1) lower the student fee collected for external advocacy (currently the UCSA Fee) from $1.80 to $1.50 per graduate student each quarter and 2) subsequently change the name of the fee to External Advocacy Membership Fee and to permit the Graduate Student Council to determine the beneficiary of the fee (for example, UC Graduate and Professional Council) by a 2/3 vote of the Executive Board and Graduate Student Council. This change would go into effect in fall 2018.

Background Summary:

Currently, UCR GSA collects a UC Student Association (UCSA) Membership Fee of $1.80 per quarter from each graduate student to pay for membership to UCSA during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. In collaboration with other UC Graduate Student Associations, the UCR GSA Executive Board and Graduate Student Council decided to withhold membership funds from UCSA while leaving UCSA and forming a new association of UC GSAs in order to better advocate for graduate students.

Proposed New Fee Referendum:

This referendum changes the previous UCSA membership fee referendum as follows:

  • Lowering the current membership fee from $1.80 to $1.50 per quarter, collected from each graduate student during the fall, winter, and spring quarters, beginning fall 2018. Also, the amount to be returned to financial aid, as required by systemwide and campuswide policy, would be reduced proportionally from 12.5 cents to 10.4 cents.
  • Changing the membership fee from the UCSA Fee to the External Advocacy Membership Fee, with the beneficiary determined by a 2/3 vote of the GSA Executive Board and Graduate Student Council.
  • Pay the UCSA fees collected in the 2017-2018 Academic Year and held by vote of the GSA Executive Board and the Graduate Student Council to the UC Graduate and Professional Coalition (UCGPC).

A YES vote means that you approve reducing the UCSA Fee to $1.50 instead of the current $1.80 during the fall, winter and spring quarters; approve changing the name of the UCSA Fee to the External Advocacy Membership Fee; and approve that this revised External Advocacy Membership Fee will be allocated to pay for membership to the organization decided on by 2/3 vote of the GSA Executive Board and Graduate Student Council. This change would go into effect in fall 2018.

A vote means the current UCSA Fee of $1.80 per graduate student during the fall, winter, and spring quarters will continue to be collected



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