GSC Voting Member Attendance:
Sjoerd de Ridder, proxy for Bryce Anzelmo
Johnny Giorgis, proxy for David Hsu
Sam Bydlon, proxy for Wendy Ni
Bill: Senate Innovation Fund
Fund Senators (14 currently) to pursue projects. Financial Manager in charge of hiring people to execute programs.
Unanimous vote to suspend rules to vote on bill.
Bill: Overrule Board on Judicial Affairs (BJA) Bylaws
BJA Student Board Members – Came to open up conversation about how BJA/Judicial Panels work; opportunity for Senate & GSC to ask questions;
Explanation of BJA:
BJA is composed of students, faculty and staff to provide oversight on the OCS (composed of staff). BJA puts in place bylaws and rules deemed in the interest of the Stanford Community. Bylaws intent is to put in clear language how to operate (What is/is not okay?). After BJA passes these bylaws, ASSU/GSC have the option to veto them.
Arguments against the bill:
In a 50 minute discussion, GSC/ASSU will overrule 3 years worth of bylaws work by BJA, Office of Community Standards (OCS), GSC, ASSU. The bylaws lay out the procedural structure (e.g. providing rights to responding students).
If vetoed, would it take another 3 years to push for universally-accepted bylaws?
Vetoing the bill would result in certain situations not having a proper procedure as the bylaws serve to fill in the gaps in the Judicial Charter.
e.g. number 6 concerns character evidence allowed to be introduced to panels. If one has taken the time or initiative to start doing community service, at the sanctioning phase, the student may avoid a quarter-long suspension. If bylaws are vetoed, these types of considerations would not be properly documented with an appropriate procedure.
Student Representatives nominated by the Nominations Committee and ASSU/GSC sit on the board. Therefore the opportunity has always been there for students to voice their opinions.
Arguments for the bill:
Lots of students’ rights have been violated by OCS and BJA due to the bill.
Student who went through the process this past Winter – evidence can be brought up last minute and left to judicial chair’s discretion on whether to decide it’s relevancy. Bylaws violate right to prepare timely as student missed submitting a paper in order to have all paperwork in on time. OCS can talk to other University Officials about the case – student was interviewing with RCC at the time and Res Ed pulled his application stating certain issues came up.
Vetoing the bylaws would increase the urgency of the process → method to raise attention to issue.
From a procedural standpoint; students have asked over the past year to attend BJA meetings (especially those concerning any changes to the bylaws), but were either ignored or told not to show up.
Regardless of outcome, a new joint-committee on judicial affairs is to be created to address student/OCS issues. The committee will work on correcting the bylaws after review by the two bodies (BJA & ASSU/GSC).
For – 5
Against – 4
Abstaining – 0
Bill passes by 5-4-0
Israeli Student Association
Requesting $345 – Recommended full
Quarterly barbecue with Israeli food/music @ Rains BBQ Pit
Open to all – expecting 50 guests
Advertising – on GSC Calendar, on all Israel related mailing lists, but need to reach out to academic centers
Requesting $180 – Recommended full
Halloween Mixer this Friday for before Grad-wide Halloween Party.
$160 for food; $20 for programming
Pakistanis at Stanford
Requesting $350 – Recommended full
Foster Pakistani culture on campus
Talk next Wednesday – Expecting 100 people
Indian Diwali (Festival of Lights) Event
Request $3000 – Recommended 3250
People-oriented festival – bringing people closer together.
Shaking the Foundations Conference
Requesting $1659.10 – Recommended full (transfer)
This is a transfer.