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Assembly Name: Employee Assembly

Res. No. Resolution Status Abstract Last Updated Assembly Name Term
5 Support of the Divestment from Fossil Fuels Acknowledged by the President Given the global climate emergency and our desire for Cornell to remain a leader in promoting a sustainable future, we request that Cornell divest from all investments in coal, oil, and natural gas in an orderly fashion. 03/05/2020 10:00am Employee Assembly AY 2019-2020
4 Amendment to the Employee Assembly Charter Expanding Membership to Include a Seat for a Representative from Cornell Tech Accepted by the President This resolution amends the Employee Assembly Charter to add a voting member seat for a staff member whose work location is the Cornell Tech campus in New York City. 03/17/2020 10:45am Employee Assembly AY 2019-2020
3 Support of the development and implementation of a Cornell Campus Circulator System In Discussion For the past eleven years, a Cornell Campus Circulator System of transportation has been under discussion as a way to improve access to many university functions and to address the continual challenges related to transportation and parking that Cornellians face every day. We propose that this project become a priority for Cornell and be realized within the period of the next five years. 01/15/2020 12:15pm Employee Assembly AY 2019-2020
2 Consolidation of Committees Acknowledged by the President By reducing the number of committees, the Assembly will be able to more fully staff its committees, resulting in increased member participation and focused efficiencies. 07/29/2019 12:00pm Employee Assembly AY 2019-2020

Assembly Name: Graduate and Professional Student Assembly

Res. No. Resolution Status Abstract Last Updated Assembly Name Term
11 In Support of Our Graduate Student Colleagues Participating in the "Wildcat Strike" In Discussion This resolution states support by the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly for our graduate colleagues striking at the University of California Santa Cruz, some of whom have been fired by their administration for participating in the strike, and for our graduate colleagues at other institutions in the UC system who are also on strike for a cost of living adjustment. 03/16/2020 6:45pm Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
10 Donation from the GPSA in Support of the Access Fund to Support Graduate and Professional Students in Need Related to COVID-19 Pandemic Submitted to the President This resolution approves the transfer of funds from the GPSA reserve account as well as the GPSA Finance Commission to the Student Access Fund to support graduate and professional students’ urgent needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 03/28/2020 9:45pm Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
8 A Resolution to Adopt the Graduate and Professional Community Initiative Accepting Comments Adoption of a strategic plan for the graduate and professional student community that is developed collaboratively and comprehensively addresses issues to help the GPSA better advocate for the needs of that community. 03/02/2020 6:30pm Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
7 Condemnation of the dangerously late closure of Ithaca campus on 7 February 2020 In Discussion On 6 and 7 February an anticipated winter storm hit Ithaca. Despite dangerous conditions before the start of classes and the suspension of all bus service soon after classes began, classes on Ithaca campus were held until 10:02 AM and campus remained open until 12:02 PM, at which time students, instructors and staff who had or were already required to travel to campus were advised to not travel. This late closure needlessly endangered the community and was especially callous toward those with mobility barriers. 02/10/2020 6:30pm Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
6 Support of the Divestment from Fossil Fuels Submitted to the President Given the global climate emergency and our desire for Cornell to remain a leader in promoting a sustainable future, we request that Cornell divest from all investments in coal, oil, and natural gas in an orderly fashion. 03/06/2020 1:45pm Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
5 Support of the development and implementation of a Cornell Campus Circulator System In Discussion For the past eleven years, a Cornell Campus Circulator System of transportation has been under discussion as a way to improve access to many university functions and to address the continual challenges related to transportation and parking that Cornellians face every day. We propose that this project become a priority for Cornell and be realized within the period of the next five years. 01/27/2020 5:00pm Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
4 Recommendation for the Graduate and Professional Student Activity Fee for 2020-2022 Accepted by the President The GPSA, during the fall semester of odd-numbered years, through the authority delegated by the President of the University and the Board of Trustees, shall be charged with recommending the amount and the allocation of the Graduate and Professional Student Activity Fee, subject to the approval of the President of the University. 01/10/2020 10:30am Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
3 Demanding mandatory arbitration and class action bans be removed from CASHNet and other community agreements Acknowledged by the President Cornell’s CASHNet payment system mandates arbitration to resolve disputes and bans class actions, practices condemned by our own Law and ILR faculty. These terms should not appear in any agreement Cornell presents its community. 01/08/2020 9:15am Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
2 Condemning the Dismissal of Julia Feliz from the Cornell Alliance for Science's Global Leadership Fellowship In Discussion On October 15th, Julia Feliz was dismissed from the Cornell Alliance for Science Program for “utiliz[ing] the classroom environment to discuss [their] dissatisfaction with the program”. Many details of the case are still unknown; however, given the published information, we feel that the Alliance for Science’s administrative team mishandled the situation. It is extremely concerning that the stated reason for Feliz’s dismissal is their activism. 11/18/2019 6:30pm Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
1 Resolution Approving the GPSA Internal Budget for the 2019-2020 Term Acknowledged by the President 2019-2020 Budget 11/15/2019 4:00pm Graduate and Professional Student Assembly AY 2019-2020

Assembly Name: Student Assembly

Res. No. Resolution Status Abstract Last Updated Assembly Name Term
99 Approving Special Projects Request for Building Ourselves through Sisterhood and Service (BOSS) Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution approves $3,940 of Special Projects funding for Building Ourselves through Sisterhood and Service (BOSS) for their Annual Mental Health Conference. *Please note - this resolution was inadvertently misnumbered; however, the legislative actions and dates related to it are correct.* 10/03/2019 3:15pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
59 Support of the Universal S/U Grading System for the Remainder of the Spring 2020 Semester Submitted to the President This resolution supports the Universal S/U Grading System for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, due to unprecedented burdens that come with being home during the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. 04/01/2020 4:45pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
58 Amending the Standing Rules to Allow Votes Out of New Business Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution amends the Student Assembly Standing Rules to allow for voting on resolutions without expressly needing to move legislation to Business of the Day. 03/12/2020 6:00pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
57 Election Cancellation and Fall Election Restructuring Waiting for Submission to the President A resolution in response to the University mandate concerning COVID-9 as it relates to Student Assembly elections: restructuring the elections process and cancellation. 03/12/2020 5:45pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
56 Support of the Divestment from Fossil Fuels Submitted to the President This is a resolution to divest Cornell University's endowment from all investments in coal, oil, and natural gas. 03/17/2020 11:45am Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
55 Approving Special Projects Request for Union Days Rejected by the Assembly This resolution approves $2,700 of Special Projects funding to Union Days to bring in a speaker for their annual conference. 03/12/2020 5:15pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
53 Special Projects Funding for Students Against the Sexual Solicitation of Youth Rejected by the Assembly This resolution approves $1,315 of Special Projects funding to Student Against the Sexual Solicitation of Youth. 03/12/2020 5:00pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
52 Donation of SA Reserve Fund in Support of the Student Access Fund to Support Students in Need Related to Covid19 Campus Closure Submitted to the President This resolution approves the transfer of funds from the SA Reserve (amount not spent from prior year) to the Student Access Fund to support students' urgent needs in respond to the Covid19 campus closure. 03/15/2020 12:30pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
51 Requesting the Establishment of the Policy 6.4 (Prohibited Bias, Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual and Related Misconduct) Cornell Title IX Oversight and Advisory Board Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution is intended to provide students on Cornell's campus more agency in the Policy 6/4/Title IX review process and its implementation. 03/05/2020 5:45pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
50 Requesting the Establishment of the Cornell University Police Department Oversight Committee Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution is intended to urge the establishment of the Cornell University Police Oversight Committee that will oversee the activities of CUPD and provide recommendations based upon them. 03/05/2020 5:45pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
49 Amendment To S.A. Resolution 7 (Establishing the Office of the Student Advocate Bylaws) - Creation of the Director of International Student Affairs Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution is intended to created the Director of International Student Affairs under the Office of the Student Advocate. 03/05/2020 5:45pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
48 Calling for the Extension of Cornell Health Services to Students Forcibly Withdrawn from the University for Non-Disciplinary Matters  Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution is intended to call upon the University to extend Cornell Health services with no additional cost to students forcibly withdrawn from Cornell for non-disciplinary matters for a period of one month after withdrawal. 03/05/2020 5:30pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
47 Guaranteeing Centralized Housing for All Transfer Students Waiting for Submission to the President The North Campus Residential Expansion project will create over 800 new beds for sophomore students in Fall of 2021. This resolution ensures that all transfer students will be provided centralized, on-campus housing following the completion of the NCRE project. 03/05/2020 5:30pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
46 In Support of Joining Today's Students Coalition Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution approves the Student Assembly joining Today’s Students Coalition 03/05/2020 5:15pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
45 Amending the Student Assembly Budget Adopted by the Assembly This resolution approves $5,000 of the Student Assembly budget to be used on the Student Assembly Gala. 03/05/2020 5:00pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
44 Creating the Laundry Reform Task Force Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution creates an ad-hoc committee whose charge is to review current laundry policies, recommend changes to such policies, and establish long-term and sustainable access for student input. 02/27/2020 5:45pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
43 Opposing Re-envisioning the College of Human Ecology to the College of Public Policy Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution expresses the student body's disapproval of the proposed re-envisioning of the College of Human Ecology to a College of Public Policy. 02/27/2020 5:45pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
42 Reducing the Number of Petition Signatures Needed for Certain At-Large Positions Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution seeks to amend the Student Assembly Election Rules and reduce the number of petition signatures needed to become a candidate for at-large identity-based positions. 02/20/2020 6:15pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
41 Creating an ad-hoc Committee for Comprehensive Housing Policy Review Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution creates an ad-hoc committee of the Student Assembly to work with the Residential Student Congress and the Department of Student and Campus Life on housing policy. 02/20/2020 6:00pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
40 Reversing the Special Projects Funding Decision for Cornell Fashion Collective Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution reverses the Special projects Funding of $2,000 for Cornell Fashion Collective because they are already receiving funds for the same project from SAIFC. 02/20/2020 5:45pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
39 Approving Special Projects Request for Smart is Strong Foundation Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution approves $500 of Special Projects funding to the Smart is Strong Foundation in assisting with the funding for the International Women’s Day Conference. 02/27/2020 5:30pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
38 Approving Special Projects Request for Black Students United Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution approves $5,000 of Special Projects funding to Black Students United to take a trip to DC celebrating Black history month. 02/20/2020 5:00pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
37 Changing the "Women's Issues Representative At-Large" position to the "Womxn's Issues Representative At-Large" Accepted by the President This resolution seeks to amend the Cornell Student Assembly Bylaws and Charter, changing the "Women's Issues Representative At-Large" position to the "Womxn's Issues Representative At-Large" 03/19/2020 9:30am Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
36 Creating a Study Committee that would evaluate the ACT/SAT test requirement for Cornell Admissions Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution recommends that Cornell University convene a study group of faculty, employees, and students to analyze the potential effects of making the ACT/SAT optional for admissions. 02/13/2020 4:45pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
35 Support for the Ithaca Tenants’ Union Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution supports the creation of the Ithaca Tenants’ Union. 02/13/2020 4:45pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
34 In Determining University Weather-Related Operating Status: Requesting Equitable Student Representation Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution requests equitable representation of the Student Assembly on both the Incident Leadership Team and Incident Management Team when determining recommendations pertaining to weather-related operating status to the President on University Policy 8.2- Inclement Weather. 02/13/2020 4:45pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
33 Changing The Name of the “LGBTQ+ Liaison At-Large” Position to “LGBTQIA+ Liaison At-Large”  Accepted by the President The purpose of this resolution is to amend the Student Assembly bylaws to ensure that more marginalized communities are fairly and accurately represented. 03/19/2020 9:30am Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
32 Support of the development and implementation of a Cornell Campus Circulator System Waiting for Submission to the President For the past eleven years, a Cornell Campus Circulator System of transportation has been under discussion as a way to improve access to many university functions and to address the 7 continual challenges related to transportation and parking that Cornellians face every day. We propose that this project become a priority for Cornell and be realized within the period of the next five years. 02/27/2020 5:45pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
31 Amending the Student Assembly Charter to Create a Ticket System For the President and Executive Vice President Election Tabled Indefinitely These amendments to the Student Assembly Charter would allow for a ticket system for the Student Assembly President and Executive Vice President Election. 02/27/2020 5:30pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
30 Urging Cornell University to Contribute Financial Support for the Summer 2020 Student Contribution Pilot Program Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution urges Cornell University’s administration and The Board of Trustees to contribute financial support towards the student contribution pilot program such that they waive the student contribution fee for low-income students pursuing non-paid summer opportunities over the summer. 02/20/2020 6:00pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
29 Approving Special Projects Request for Cornell American Institute for Architecture Students Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution approves $1,600 of Special Projects funding to AIAS for their project. 02/13/2020 4:45pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
28 Approving Special Projects Request for Cornell Fashion Collective  Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution approves $2,000 of Special Projects funding to Cornell Fashion Collective for their inclusive efforts. 02/13/2020 4:45pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
27 Approving Special Projects Request for Ithaca Tenants Union Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution approves $800 of Special Projects funding to the Ithaca Tenants Union for their call center and promotional materials 02/13/2020 4:45pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
26 Approving Special Projects Request for Lending Library Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution approves $5,000 of Special Projects funding to Lending Library for their travel grant. 01/30/2020 5:30pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
25 Recommendation for the Student Activity Fee for 2020-2022 Acknowledged by the President The Student Assembly (the Assembly), through the delegated authority of the President and the Board of Trustees, is charged with the allocation of the Student Activity Fee (SAF). This fee is mandatory for all undergraduate students of the University and shall be used to fund participation in, and viewing of, activities and programs that benefit the Cornell community. The SAF shall be determined during the fall semester of every odd-numbered year and be subject to the approval of the President of the University. 02/14/2020 4:30pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
24 Approval of the Spring 2020 Standing Rules Waiting for Submission to the President The Student Assembly Bylaws state that the first meeting of the academic year must be to approve the Standing Rules. This resolution proposes changes to the Standing Rules for the Spring 2020 Assembly session. 01/30/2020 5:30pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
23 Establishing the Position of the Vice President of Research & Accountability and the Creation of the Research & Accountability Committee Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution seeks to create the executive position of the Vice President of Research & Accountability and the Committee of Research & Accountability. 12/05/2019 5:30pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
22 Establishing an Equitable Event Registry System for Cooperative Houses Acknowledged by the President This resolution seeks to create a system for registering and hosting events in cooperative living houses that provides similar protections and university support as events in Greek houses. 01/07/2020 10:00am Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
21 Creation of the Diversity Innovation Fund Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution reestablishes the Student Assembly Diversity Innovation Fund. 11/21/2019 5:30pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
20 Setting the Special Projects Funding Guidelines Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution proposes rules and guidelines on Special Projects funding. 11/21/2019 5:30pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
19 Creating Internal Elections Rules In Discussion Creation of rules for Student Assembly internal elections. 11/21/2019 5:15pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
18 Approving Special Projects Request for IvyG Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution approves $10,000 of Special Projects funding for IvyG at Cornell. 11/21/2019 5:15pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
17 Establishing a Framework for Electronic Voting Rejected by the Assembly Establishes a framework for electronic voting. 11/14/2019 4:15pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
16 Creation of the "One Cornell Fund" Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution creates a fund for organization collaboration, named the “One Cornell Fund” 11/14/2019 4:15pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
15 Creation of a Working Group of Student Assembly Composition, Structure, and Representations Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution creates a working group to study the composition of the Student Assembly. 11/14/2019 4:15pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
14 Creation of the Office of Student Government Relations Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution creates an Office of Student Government Relations 11/14/2019 4:15pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
13 Creating an ad-hoc Committee for PFC Transformation Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution creates an ad-hoc committee of the Student Assembly to work with the Professional Fraternity Council (PFC) on PFC transformation. 11/07/2019 4:00pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
12 Revising the Student Assembly Bylaws to Dictate that Community Votes be Conducted Online Waiting for Submission to the President Resolution to revise the Student Assembly bylaws to dictate that community votes be conducted online, in order to ensure that community votes are accessible, orderly, and private. 11/07/2019 4:00pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
11 Approving Special Projects Request for Social Enterprise at Cornell (SEC) Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution approves $1,750 of Special Projects funding for Social Enterprise at Cornell for their Design Thinking workshop. 11/05/2019 4:00pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
10 Transfer of Funds from SAFC Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution outlines the transfer of $100,000 from SAFC to the Student Assembly. 10/29/2019 3:45pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
9 Establishing a Representative Voting Member for the Dyson School on the SA Accepted by the President These amendments to the Student Assembly Charter seek to establish a representative voting member for the undergraduate student body of the Dyson School. 01/07/2020 10:00am Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
8 Improving Representation for MGFC on the Student Assembly Waiting for Submission to the President The purpose of this resolution is to amend the Student Assembly bylaws to ensure that more marginalized communities are fairly and accurately represented. 10/03/2019 3:15pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
7 Establishing the Office of the Student Advocate Bylaws Waiting for Submission to the President These amendments to the Student Assembly Bylaws seek to create an Office of the Student Advocate. 09/24/2019 2:30pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
6 Resolution Urging Cornell University to Call Upon the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) to Divest from the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Construction on Mauna Kea Submitted to the President This resolution urges Cornell University to publicly call on the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) to denounce the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea, Hawai’i, and divest all support for the TMT until such a time that the construction of the TMT is moved to another location. 09/12/2019 9:30am Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
5 Approval of the 2019-2020 Elections Committee Members Waiting for Submission to the President As per the Student Assembly Bylaws, the Student Assembly general body confirms the 5 Executive Cabinet’s slate of proposed members for the Elections Committee. 09/12/2019 9:30am Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
4 Creating an ad-hoc Committee for SAFC Transformation Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution creates an ad-hoc committee of the Student Assembly to work with the Student Activity Funding Commission (SAFC) on SAFC transformation. 09/05/2019 4:15pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
3 Approving the 2019-2020 Student Assembly Budget Waiting for Submission to the President This resolution approves the Student Assembly Operating Budget for the 2019-2020 Academic Year and puts the contents of the reserve account into special projects. 08/29/2019 3:00pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
2 Amending the Student Assembly Bylaws Waiting for Submission to the President These amendments to the Student Assembly Bylaws seek to add ex-officio positions titled "Students with Disabilities Representative" and "IT Governance Liaison," establish the Student Health Advisory Committee, and update the responsibilities of Officers. 09/05/2019 2:45pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020
1 Approval of the 2019-2020 Standing Rules Waiting for Submission to the President The Student Assembly Bylaws state that the first meeting of the academic year must be to approve the Standing Rules. This resolution proposes changes to the Standing Rules for the Fall 2019 Assembly session. 08/29/2019 2:30pm Student Assembly AY 2019-2020

Assembly Name: University Assembly

Res. No. Resolution Status Abstract Last Updated Assembly Name Term
5 Support of the Divestment from Fossil Fuels Acknowledged by the President Given the global climate emergency and our desire for Cornell to remain a leader in promoting a sustainable future, we request that Cornell divest from all investments in coal, oil, and natural gas in an orderly fashion. 03/05/2020 10:00am University Assembly AY 2019-2020
4 Support of the development and implementation of a Cornell Campus Circulator System In Discussion For the past eleven years, a Cornell Campus Circulator System of transportation has been under discussion as a way to improve access to many university functions and to address the continual challenges related to transportation and parking that Cornellians face every day. We propose that this project become a priority for Cornell and be realized within the period of the next five years. 12/03/2019 4:30pm University Assembly AY 2019-2020
3 The Codes and Judicial Committee Reaffirms its Jurisdiction Over the Cornell Campus Code of Conduct Waiting for Submission to the President Reaffirmation of the University Assembly Codes and Judicial Committee jurisdiction over the Cornell Campus Code of Conduct. 10/01/2019 4:30pm University Assembly AY 2019-2020
2 Unauthorized Online Publication of Campus Code of Conduct Working Drafts Tabled Indefinitely Resolution to ensure that any and all drafts of the Campus Code of Conduct and other related documents under the purview of the University Assembly Codes and Judicial Committee will be posted for public review and comment only after formal approval by the Codes and Judicial Committee. 01/23/2020 3:45pm University Assembly AY 2019-2020
1 Recognition of the Office of the University Ombudsman 50th Anniversary Acknowledged by the President Recognition of the 50th anniversary of the establishment and operation of the Cornell University Office of the Ombudsman. 11/05/2019 7:45am University Assembly AY 2019-2020