CSU 2017- General Election, March 28, 29 and 30th

Referendum Information

Sanctuary Campus

Be it resolved that the following question be submitted to the CSU membership by referendum at the occasion of the 2017 General elections:

Do you, as a Concordia undergraduate student, support Concordia University formally adopting a “Sanctuary Campus” status by not collaborating with the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), including but not limited to the sharing of any information on its current and past staff, faculty and students, or allowing CBSA on its premises, in order to protect undocumented community members from threat of deportation?

Fee Levy Reallocation Referendum Question

Be it resolved that the following question be submitted to the CSU membership by referendum during the 2017 General elections:

Do you as a member of the CSU approve of the following reorganization of fees currently levied by the CSU to all undergraduate students, effective for the Fall semester of 2017: A decrease in the CSU Clubs fee of $0.06 per credit, an increase in the CSU operating fee of $0.05 per credit, an increase in the undergraduate Housing and Job Bank (HOJO) fee of $0.03 per credit, an increase in the Advocacy fee of $0.02 per credit, and a decrease in the Student Space Accessible Education and Legal Contingency (SSAELC) fee of $0.04 per credit.

Dish Project Referendum Question

Be it resolved that the following question be submitted to the CSU membership by referendum during the 2017 General elections:

Do you as a member of the CSU approve the transfer of $0.04 from the Student Space Accessible      Education and Legal Contingency (SSAELC) fee to the CSU Operating fee to pay for the   operations of the Dish Project, a student-run service at Concordia that provides free dishware to student and community-run events?

Sustainable Curriculum Referendum Question

Be it resolved that the following question be submitted to the CSU membership by referendum at the occasion of the 2017 General elections:

Do you, as a Concordia undergraduate student, mandate the Concordia Student Union to work with the Concordia University Administration towards integrating sustainability and indigenous studies courses in all undergraduate programs?

Greenhouse Fee Levy

Be it resolved that Council approves the Concordia Greenhouse’s referendum question to go to referendum in the 2017 CSU Annual Elections as follows:

Since becoming a fee levy group in 2013, the Concordia Greenhouse has been a resource hub for students, actively supporting experiential learning opportunities and providing ecologically-grown produce and plants. As demand for our services grows, a fee-levy increase will allow the Concordia Greenhouse to continue its mandate in providing students with affordable educational workshops and programs, locally grown food and plants, internship and job opportunities, and a beautiful space for study, respite and fun events. Do you agree to increase the fee levy of the Concordia Greenhouse by 12 cents per credit for undergraduate students, to a total of 24 cents per credit, effective Fall 2017.

Do you agree to increase the fee levy of the Concordia Greenhouse by 12 cents per credit to a total of 24 cents per credit, effective Fall 2017?”

CUSACorp Bylaw Change 

Be it resolved that the following question be passed through referendum at the upcoming CSU Annual Elections, in order to strike Special By-Law C, the Special By-Law pertaining to CUSACORP, from the CSU By-Law.

CUSACORP was a subsidiary of the Concordia Student Union (CSU) as defined by Special By- Law C of the CSU By-Laws, it was dissolved in June 2016 and no longer exists.

Do you as an undergraduate student approve to remove Special By-Law C from the CSU By-Laws?

Non-Hierarchical Bylaw Changes 

Be it resolved that the following question be submitted to the CSU membership by referendum during the 2017 General elections:

Do you, as a member of the CSU, approve of the by-law changes that will render the executives         to a more non-hierarchical structure?

SUGGESTED BYLAW CHANGES

Executive Decree

“The General Coordinator shall have the authority to exercise in writing, by decree, all the powers of the Council of Representatives between meetings of the latter, limited only by policy, regulation, positions or resolution passed by the Council of

Representatives, by the results of duly conducted referendums and/or Special General

Meeting(s) which met quorum and the dispositions of the Quebec Companies Act part III, with the consent of three other members of the executive. Any exercise of the powers of the Council of Representatives by the General Coordinator shall be reported to the next meeting of Council for ratification. The exercising of the decree can only be used for unforeseen emergencies that cannot be remedied by calling a Special Meeting of the Council of Representatives or where a Special Meeting of the Council of

Representatives failed to remedy the situation or failed to achieve quorum. 
In this vein, they have the power to veto any action of any individual or group which 
would violate or seek to violate these by-laws or regulations of the Student Union. Such a veto must be ratified by the Representatives at the first succeeding duly convened meeting of the Council of Representatives following the enactment of said veto. If said veto is not ratified at this time, it is null and void. Notwithstanding, the General Coordinator cannot veto a decision of the Council of Representatives or of the Judicial Board.”

COORDINATORS

7.6 The Academic and Advocacy Coordinator is responsible for the coordination and the chairing meetings of the Academic Caucus. The Coordinator is also the liaison to the Graduate Student Association and the individuals responsible for all bodies concerning academic issues, as well as sitting on – or appointing students to – the academic bodies of the University. They are also responsible for overseeing the Advocacy Center, the Off-campus Housing and Job Bank, and the Legal Information

Clinic. The Coordinator will sit on the Policy Committee.

7.7 The External Affairs and Mobilization Coordinator is the liaison to all student associations and organizations outside of the University. The Coordinator is also responsible for the organization and mobilization of students for participation in the annual campaign of the Student Union. The Coordinator will sit on the External and Mobilization Committee.

7.8 The Finance Coordinator is responsible for preparing the budget of the Student Union, ensuring that the financial information of the Union is up-to-date, and to report on a monthly basis to the Council of Representatives. They will ensure that access to the Union’s financial information is available to its members. The Coordinator is also responsible for ensuring that the budget adopted by Council is respected and that expenses are made in the interest of the Union. The Coordinator will sit on the Financial Committee.

7.9 The General Coordinator is responsible for the implementation of the decisions of the Council of Representatives, for the day-to-day administration of the Student Union 
The General Coordinator shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Union, the official representative and chief spokesperson of the Union.

7.10 The Internal Affairs Coordinator is responsible for overseeing all internal operations of the Union and the development of clubs services. The Coordinator will also act as the Secretary of the Corporation and is responsible for all corporate books of the Union. They are the liaison to clubs, and are responsible for the management of clubs’ budgets. The Coordinator will sit on the Clubs Committee.

7.11 The Loyola Coordinator is responsible for overseeing and developing the Union’s presence and services at the Loyola campus, and ensuring that Loyola students’ best interests are represented within the Union and the Concordia community. The Coordinator will encourage the building of ties between both campuses, and encourage a united university community. The Coordinator will sit on the Loyola Committee.

7.12 The Student Life Coordinator is responsible for the organizing of student orientations and the major events related to student life on campus, as well as overseeing communications with students. The Coordinator is responsible for CSU Special Project Funding . They are the liaison to faculty associations. The Coordinator will sit on the Student Life Committee.

7.13 The Sustainability Coordinator is responsible for the implementation of environmental and social sustainability policy for the Union. The Coordinator acts as a liaison with sustainability related groups on campus and within the Concordia community, and is responsible for supporting student sustainability initiatives. The coordinator will sit on the Sustainability Committee.

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