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Undergraduate - 2016 Referenda and Constitutional Amendments:

GCAP Constitutional Amendment

Ballot Language:

ASUCR Constitutional Amendment, Article IV & Article IX: Do you support the addition of the Green Campus Action Plan (GCAP) Director to the ASUCR Executive Branch and adding the Green Campus Action Committee to the Committees Article?

Yes, I do support the addition of the Green Campus Action Plan Director to the ASUCR Executive Branch and including the Green Campus Action Committee in the Committees Article.

No, I do not support the addition of the Green Campus Action Plan Director to the ASUCR Executive Branch or including the Green Campus Action Committee in the Committees Article.

ARTICLE IV: Executive Branch
SECTION A. Definitions

  1. Executive Cabinet
    The Executive Cabinet shall consist of the following five (5) Executive Officer positions (in line of succession) and six (6) non-voting Director positions (in alphabetical order, not relevant to any line of succession):
    1. President
    2. Executive Vice President
    3. Vice President of Internal Affairs
    4. Vice President of External Affairs
    5. Vice President of Finance
    6. Elections Director
    7. Green Campus Action Plan Director
    8. Marketing and Promotions Director
    9. Outreach Director
    10. Personnel Director

ARTICLE IX: Committees
SECTION B. The Subordinate Committees of the ASUCR
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8. Green Campus Action Committee

  1. The Green Campus Action Plan (GCAP) Committee shall be chaired by the Green Campus Action Plan Director
  2. The GCAP Committee is responsible for
    1. The implementation of the GCAP Refrendum
    2. The sussessful and timely completion of all projects of the Green Campus Action Plan
    3. Overseeing the internship program as prescribed by the GCAP referendum

Highlander Newspaper Reformation Referendum

Ballot Language:

The Highlander News Reformation (HNR) is an effort set forth by the Editorial Board of the Highlander Newspaper aimed at securing the funds needed to sustain and improve the services provided by the Highlander Newspaper in order to progress student life and the overall campus community. The proposed quarterly increase of $2.00 (including the summer), raising the total Highlander Newspaper Fee to $4.00 per quarter per undergraduate student, will allow for the formation of new jobs for students and the generation of more content important to the University of California, Riverside.

Yes, I do support the Highlander Newspaper Reformation Referendum fee increase.

No, I do not support the Highlander Newspaper Reformation Referendum fee increase.

Highlander News Reformation (HNR) Resolution

WHEREAS the Highlander Newspaper is the main source of information for students, staff, and faculty regarding occurrences and events around the university as well as the surrounding area,

WHEREAS the Highlander Newspaper’s current level of funding prevents the development of news resources that would enable the student body to access more diverse content,

WHEREAS the Highlander Newspaper is the only journalism program on campus for students interested in that field and also gives students employment opportunities that provide valuable work experience,

LET IT BE RESOLVED that the student body of the University of California, Riverside and the Editorial Board of the Highlander Newspaper recognize the need to increase student funding to the Highlander Newspaper to further our program, student life, and the awareness of the campus community as a whole.

Introduction:

The Highlander News Reformation (HNR) is an effort set forth by the Editorial Board of the Highlander Newspaper to secure the funds needed to sustain and improve the services provided by the Highlander Newspaper. The Highlander’s major source of revenue comes in the form of advertisements that have been on the decline in recent years. Additional student funds will allow the Highlander to receive a more stable source of income and therefore rely less on advertisements. This will ensure that the Highlander is capable of spending more time and money on generating content that is important to students and the campus community.

The plan proposes that the current Highlander fee be slightly raised for undergraduates in order to fund permanent costs that include: a slight increase in editor, writer, and graphic designer stipends, general printing costs, and the expansion of developing programs within the newspaper such as our video, advertising, and marketing departments. With the possible funds acquired, we would like to create new jobs for students in these departments and continue serving the growing campus community.

Funds acquired through advertisements will then be able to cover temporary costs, including but not limited to: Updating software, computers, transportation, and/or other temporary costs.

Funding:

If passed, the referendum will provide specific funds for the following expansion initiatives: (1) The creation of marketing positions for students to expand our social media presence, (2) The growth of our video, marketing and advertising departments through the hiring of student staff, (3) The provision of resources and jobs for students and the campus community.

The current undergraduate fee to fund the Highlander Newspaper is $2.00 per quarter (including the summer). The proposed increase of $2.00 will increase that fee to $4.00 per quarter (including the summer). In accordance with campus policy, 25% of the fee increase, or $0.50, would be returned to financial aid. The remaining $3.50 would fund the Highlander Newspaper starting in fall 2016.

Oversight:

The Highlander is an entirely student-run newsroom.

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

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

Constitutional Amendment - VP of Finance

Ballot Language:

ASUCR Constitutional Amendment, Article IV and Article VII: Do you support making the Vice President of Finance a generally elected position, replacing the current appointment process?

YES. I do support making the Vice President of Finance a generally elected position, replacing the current appointment process.

NO. I do not support making the Vice President of Finance a generally elected position, replacing the current appointment process.

ARTICLE IV: Executive Branch

SECTION B. Election of the Executive Cabinet

  1. The Executive Cabinet shall be elected directly by the undergraduate student body. with the exception of the Vice President of Finance and Elections Director, who shall be nominated by the Judicial Council and appointed by the ASUCR Senate-elect as outlined in the ASUCR bylaws.
    1. Should an Elections Director be elected in the Spring 2015 General Election, upon passage of this Constitution, this seat will be considered vacant and the procedure according to the above clause will be followed to select a new Elections Director.

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ARTICLE VII: Elections

SECTION C. Voting in ASUCR Elections

  1. The Executive Cabinet shall be elected directly by the undergraduate student body. with the exception of the Vice President of Finance and Elections Director, who shall be nominated by the Judicial Council and appointed by the ASUCR Senate-elect as outlined in the ASUCR bylaws.
    1. All voting in ASUCR elections shall be done by secret ballot. The students shall directly elect: the Executive Cabinet and the Senate with the exception of the Elections Director and the Vice President of Finance, as provided in Article IV of the Constitution.
    2. There shall be sixteen (16) Senators elected from the standing undergraduate colleges of the University.

Constitutional Amendment - General Revisions

Ballot Language:

Do you support the updates, corrections and changes made to the ASUCR Constitution as noted in the attached document?

YES, I support the updates, corrections and changes to the ASUCR Constitution

NO, I do not support the updates, corrections and changes to the ASUCR Constitution

Please see the changes noted/high-lighted in the attached document

Student Voice Initiative Referendum

Ballot Language:

In the original Student Voice Initiative (SVI) referendum of 2011, .50 is allocated for dues to the University of California Student Association (UCSA), and .50 is allocated to the ASUCR V.P. of External Affairs budget to provide funding for students attending various UCSA conferences statewide. This amendment would allocate the entire amount ($1.00) for the conferences, thus removing the .50 allocation to UCSA. Justification for this is that UCSA currently has a .75 referendum in place in addition to the .50 from SVI.

YES, I support the reallocation of SVI funds as outlined above.

NO, I DO NOT support the reallocation of SVI funds as outlined above.

Student Voice Initiative (SVI) Resolution

University of California, Riverside


Spring 2011
Authored By: Albert Yum
Winter 2016
Amended by Shafi Karim

Winter 2016: This amendment does not increase any student fees, but changes the designated use of student fees in the existing Student Voice Initiative (SVI) Resolution Referendum, which was approved by the majority of the student body in the 2011 ASUCR elections. If this amended version is approved, it will replace the original Student Voice Initiative (SVI) Resolution Referendum, and shall take effect on July 1, 2016. If this amended version does not get approved, the original referendum will still continue to be valid.

Introduction:
In the original SVI referendum of 2011, .50 is allocated for dues to the University of California Student Association (UCSA), and .50 is allocated to the ASUCR V.P. of External Affairs budget to provide funding for students attending various UCSA conferences statewide. This amendment would allocate the entire amount ($1.00) for the conferences, thus removing the .50 allocation to UCSA. Justification for this is that UCSA currently has a .75 referendum in place in addition to the .50 from SVI. ASUCR feels that the .75 is sufficient for UCSA dues, and that the .50 from SVI could be better utilized for UCSA conferences as outlined below. If this amendment passes in the ASUCR 2016 election, existing funds in the V.P. of External Affairs budget will also be reallocated to provide further ASUCR-sponsored programs, conferences and events for students.

Funding:
The Student Voice Initiative will be funded through student fees as established by a referendum vote of the student body. The proposed undergraduate fee to fund these initiatives would be $1.33 per quarter, collected in the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Quarters. In accordance with campus policy, 25% of the fee would be returned to financial aid. The remaining $1.00 per quarter would be allocated as follows:

  • $1.00 of the fee per quarter would be allocated to the ASUCR External Affairs UCSA budget to provide funding for students attending various conferences state-wide - they include: UCSA Congress where UC students collectively decide UCSA Undergraduate and Graduate campaigns for the year, as well as engage in UCSA's Vote Project for upcoming elections. Students participate in skill-building workshops focused on advocacy and organizing, higher education issue workshops, and strategy sessions in preparation for choosing the campaigns; The UC Student Lobby Conference, where students participate in lobbying, organizing and higher education issue workshops, as well as strategy sessions designed to empower them to effectively lobby their elected representatives on UC Student Lobby Day; The UCSA Students of Color Conference is a safe space to come together to learn about the issues that collectively affect them and to discuss and strategize ways to collectively organize for access

Oversight Committee:
To ensure that student interests are served, the ASUCR Finance Committee will oversee the distribution of the funds.

The ASUCR Finance Committee shall adhere to all policies and procedures of ASUCR, UCR and UCOP in the delegation of these fees.

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

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

Graduate - 2016 Referenda and Constitutional Amendments:

GSA Referendum

Ballot Language:

Do you support simplifying the decision-making process for GSA by reducing the electoral voting minimum for making changes from 20% to 10% of the total graduate student body?

YES, I support simplifying the decision-making process for GSA

NO, I do not support simplifying the decision-making process for GSA

There has been an inability to pass Constitutional Amendments due to a high voter minimum threshold (20% of the current graduate student body). This threshold has not been reached since 2007, and so the GSA has been unable to change its Constitution since 2007. In changing the minimum threshold from 20% of the current graduate student body to 10% of the current graduate student body, GSA will have a reasonable minimum threshold to reach that, when reached, it will help in updating the Constitution and subsequently making GSA more effective and efficient.



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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Student Elections
202 Highlander Union

Tel: 951-827-3621
E-mail: asucrelections@ucr.edu

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