A Bill in Support of Respectful Student Group Conduct

A Bill in Support of Respectful ASUC Student Group Conduct

 

Co-Authored by: Senator Ickowitz, Senator Fang, Senator Diaz, Senator Chia, Senator Ternan, Senator Landgraf, Senator Sayarath, Senator Galace, Senator Albright, Senator Mecklai, Senator Abbasi, Senator Gilboa, Senator Sandhu, Senator Shirinian, Senator Lam

Sponsored by: Senator Ickowitz, Senator Fang, Senator Diaz, Senator Chia, Senator Ternan, Senator Landgraf, Senator Sayarath, Senator Galace, Senator Albright, Senator Mecklai, Senator Abbasi, Senator Gilboa, Senator Sandhu, Senator Shirinian, Senator Lam

 

WHEREAS, the ASUC firmly believes in the right of every student group to hold any and every political, religious, and cultural perspective; and,

 

WHEREAS, historically, the ASUC highly values the freedom of speech and expression allotted to each and every individual by the Bill of Rights; and,

 

WHEREAS, the ASUC values and encourages respectful procedure, conduct, and communication in and between student groups; and,

 

WHEREAS, discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or age in satire or seriousness negatively impacts our campus; and,

 

WHEREAS,  Title 02 section 1.2 of the ASUC Constitution and By-Laws recognize political groups as student groups, with full and equal rights pertaining to every other type of student group; and,

 

WHEREAS, the Judiciary body of the ASUC, the Judicial Council, has the following functions as stated in Article XIII Section 2, and Article IV, Section 4 of the ASUC constitution:

 

Article IV

SECTION 4: FUNCTIONS AND POWERS

 

C.                    To review charges of violation of this Constitution, the By-Laws of the Association, and all other regulations of the Association.

 

E.                    To revoke the funding of any group found discriminatory under Section 7 of Article VII.

 

Article XIII

SECTION 2

 

All questions of interpretation of this Constitution, except for Section 6 of Article IV, shall be decided by the Judicial Council

 

WHEREAS, the ASUC has the right to urge student groups to act responsibly, but ultimately in cases of disputed funding and sponsorship the Judicial Council holds ultimate jurisdiction; and,

 

WHEREAS, the ASUC values respectful procedure, conduct, and communication in and between student groups; and,

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the ASUC reaffirms UC Berkeley as a space for every student group; and,

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the ASUC urges student groups to conduct themselves in a respectful manner, as defined by the criteria specified in this bill; and,

 

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the ASUC condemns the use of discrimination whether it is in satire or in seriousness by any student group; and,

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the ASUC formally requests a partnership between the Chancellor’s Task Force for Hate and Bias and the ASUC Commission of Diversity Affairs to initiate a dialogue on encouraging a respectful campus climate and courteous student group conduct; and,

 

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the ASUC recognizes the Judicial Council as the only body with jurisdiction in deciding all constitutionally disputed matters of sponsorship, funding, and the interpretation of the Constitution; and,

 

THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the ASUC Senate challenges and encourages the student body to be conscious of our diverse campus community and to be aware of the trials and struggles that each student has faced, is facing, and will face.

 

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