Resolutions

The Senate has the authority to initiate, pass, and amend Resolutions in order to promote the interests of and improve the welfare of the members of the Association or which are deemed necessary and proper for the functioning of the Association.

Resolutions Tracker

No.ResolutionPrimary SponsorIntroducedStatusAction TakenLast UpdatedLinkBill SummaryAffected Groups
1Establishing the Constitutional CommissionAguilar (2023)May 23, 2021Passed in SenateEstablish CommitteeMay 23, 2021ViewThe Sixth Senate of the Vassar Student Association establishes the Constitutional Commission to serve as a temporary task force over the 2021 summer break that will review and revise the Governing Documents to accurately and completely reflect the governing operations of the Vassar Student Association.Association
2Refreshed Constitution and BylawsConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021View
2-01Adopting the Rules of Order of the SenateConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Senate of the Vassar Student Association is required to adopt Rules of Order (ROS) as stated in Section 1, Clause F of Article II of the Bylaws of the Vassar Student Association. Thus, we adopt Robert’s Rules of Order as its guiding rules of order in the ROS.Association
2-02Dissolving the Boards SystemConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Boards System of the Vassar Student Association has fallen out of date and is no longer utilized. Thus, we dissolve it.Association
2-03Establishing the Board of Residential AffairsConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Boards System was dissolved in Resolution 2-2. Thus, we reintroduce the Board of Residential Affairs as an independent and collaborative governing body for residential houses.Association
2-04Dissolving the Student Delegates SystemConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Student Delegations to Joint Committees operates as an unregulated and unresponsive body of the Senate of the Vassar Student Association. Thus, we dissolve it and will have senators serve as student representatives on joint committees of the College.Association
2-05Adopting the Chair of Athletics and Athletics CommitteeConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewIn partnership with the Student Athlete Advisory Council, the Vassar Student Association establishes the position of Chair of Athletics and the standing Senate Committee of Athletics whose charge shall be to oversee initiatives to foster communication between athletes and non-athletes.Association
2-06Memorandum of Understanding between the VSA and SAACConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Vassar Student Association delegates approval of legislation directly impacting the role of the student athletes on Vassar’s campus to the Student Athlete Advisory Council.Association
2-07Eliminating the Student Labor Senators and Adopting the Chair of Student Labor and Student Labor CommitteeConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Vassar Student Association eliminates the position of Student Labor Senator and establishes the position of Chair of Student Labor and the standing Senate Committee of Student Labor whose charge shall be to oversee initiatives to improve the employment conditions of the members of the Association.Association
2-08Adopting the Chair of Community Affairs and Community Affairs CommitteeConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Vassar Student Association establishes the position of Chair of Community Affairs and the standing Senate Committee of Community Affair whose charge shall be to oversee initiatives to foster greater exchange between Vassar and Poughkeepsie.Association
2-09Eliminating the Chair of Planning and Planning CommitteeConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Vassar Student Association dissolves the position of Chair of Planning and the standing Senate Committee on Planning, and confirms the merger appointment of Lauren Leiker, the current Chair of Planning, as the first Chair of Communications.Association
2-10Adopting the Communications CommitteeConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Vassar Student Association establishes the standing Senate Committee of Communications whose charge shall be to oversee initiatives to improve the communications between the Association and the members of the Association.Association
2-11Amending the Suffrage of Members on Senate CommitteesConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Vassar Student Association establishes that each standing Senate Committee shall explicate their voting membership in the Bylaws of the Association and that all open committees shall be permitted to grant any member of the Association who is a non-voting member of the committee temporary voting membership on the committee by a unanimous consent vote of the voting members of the committee as explicated in the Bylaws.Association
2-12Adopting the Committee Assignments ProcedureConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Vassar Student Association adopts an official process for the Vice President’s assignment of Class Senators to standing Senate Committees and joint College Committees.Association
2-13Amending the Senate Vote on Allocation Pre-ApprovalsConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Vassar Student Association amends its current disbursement voting requirements to only require the consent of the Senate for non-unanimous recommendations that exceed $750.00 made by the Finance Committee.Association
2-14Dissolving the Preliminary Organizations Levels SystemConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Preliminary Organizations Levels have not been enforced or recognized by the Senate of the Vassar Student Association for a substantial amount of time. Thus, we dissolve it.Association
2-15Approving the Employment of a Public Relations InternConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Vassar Student Association may now hire a Public Relations Intern, who shall be responsible for the proper management and maintenance of the social media of the Association. They shall report to the Chair of Communications.Association
2-16Amending the Legislative ProcessConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Vassar Student Association amends the legislative process to clarify the scope of legislation and provide Class Senators the sole power to introduce legislation in the Senate.Association
2-17Eliminating the Referendum System of the Board of Elections and AppointmentsConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Referendum System of the Board of Elections and Appointments has not been enforced or recognized by the Vassar Student Association for a substantial amount of time, and the Senate has acted on issuing Referenda previously. Thus, we eliminate it.Association
2-18Amending the Purview and Protocols of the Judicial BoardConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Vassar Student Association amends the purview and protocols of the Judicial Board to clarify its responsibilities, limitations, legal standards, and general operations.Association
2-19Amending the Disciplinary Process for Student OrganizationsConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Vassar Student Association shall try all organizational violations of the Bylaws, or other offenses, through the Judicial Board, with the Association serving as plaintiff. The Judicial Board will determine, by a preponderance of the evidence, the validity of the offenses, and determine a proper sanction based on the severity.Association
2-20Adopting the Representation Precedence of the VSA to the Judicial BoardConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Vassar Student Association shall establish representation precedence for legislation that is subject to judicial review so that the primary sponsor of the legislation may represent the Senate at those judicial review hearings.Association
2-21Adopting a Conflict of Interest Policy for the AssociationConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Vassar Student Association shall adopt the policy on a Conflict of Interest that shall apply to all members of the Association, with the purpose of ensuring that no member utilizes their membership in the Association to advance their personal or financial interests above those of the Vassar Student Association.Association
2-22Adopting a Rights and Responsibilities Policy for the AssociationConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Vassar Student Association currently holds no standardized member rights and responsibility policy, particularly now with a Judicial Board conducting hearings. Thus, we adopt one.Association
2-23Adopting an Oath of Office PolicyConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in SenateAmend Constitution/BylawsAugust 29, 2021ViewThe Vassar Student Association shall adopt the policy on an Oath of Office that shall apply to all members of the Association, with the purpose of ensuring that each member recognizes the rights, responsibilities, and privileges of entering into an elected or appointed position in the Vassar Student Association.Association
3-01Raise the Wage ActMangan (2023)
3-02Fair Compensation and Responsive Accountability ActAguilar (2023)
4Creating an Equity and Inclusion TreasurerMazurkiewicz (Vice President)September 29, 2021Passed in Senate
5Amending the Joint Committees for the Chair of Community AffairsMazurkiewicz (Vice President)September 29, 2021Passed in Senate
6Amending the Bylaws to Clarify the College President’s Veto Timeline for the LegislationAguilar (2023)October 13, 2021Passed in Committee
7Fossil Fuel Divesment ActMangan (2023)

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