ASUCI Senate Minutes
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

 

ASUCI Legislative Council Minutes

January 23, 2018


  • Called to Order by Gurneel at 5:11pm

  • Attendance

    • Person came in late at

      • Murad 6:20 pm

    • Person left early at

  • Approval of Minutes

    • Motion: Hong

    • Second: Kaur

  • Approval of Agenda

    • Motion to table 5A till after 6B

      • Motion: Chin

    • Motion: Ton

    • Second: Chin

  • Public Comment

    • NONE

  • Office Reports

    • President

      • Collaborating with Mental Health Commission for More Than You Know photo campaign

      • A few of the ASUCI headshots files were compromised. The rest are almost finished being edited. If there was an issue with your photo, we will personally reach out to you.

      • Student Programming Funding Board (SPFB) Commission meets every Tuesday 3- 5 pm. Please, spread the word to UCI undergraduate organizations to apply for funding!

      • This quarter, we mainly focus on the survey to get exact data on students who are housing insecure or homeless. Last January 18, Housing Security also released a statement on the cancellation of funding for the Anteater Express Shuttle W line, and how it would affect UCI students living off campus. At-Large Senator Celine Ton was also one of the Housing interns who signed the statement.

    • EVP

      • Rally from 11-12:30 at the flag poles

        • They will be talking about many things at the rally

    • VP

      • We expect all ASUCI members at the meetings

      • Understand we have office updates twice a week

      • Get to know all ASUCI members outside of senate and meetings

      • Encourage you to hold yourself accountable to go to these meetings

  • Special Committee Reports

    • NONE

  • Old Business

    • R53-56

      • Has been tabled

      • Motion to amend the legislation

        • Motion: Kaur

        • Second: Lim

      • Motion to call in the question R53-56 by roll call

        • Motion: Lim

        • Second: Hong

      • PASSES 20-0-1

  • New Business

    • ASUCI Academic Senate Updates (15 minutes) - Phan

      • Council of Education

        • Summer session issues (price, instructional quality, communication)

        • Lack of resources

          • Weren't able to get enough TAs

        • 39B pilot program

          • Resenaly which allowed students with 4 or 5 on AP exams to test out of 39B

      • Council of Faculty welfare, diversity, and Academic Freedom

        • Health care

          • Reviewed changes in health care including coverage for mental health benefits

        • ADA compliance and accessibility

          • Child care

          • Faculty code of conduct and administration of discipline

          • During a meeting with Vice chancellor council member expressed serious concerns with UCI’s lack of ADA

      • Council on research, computing and libraries

        • Faculty wants funding for research but senate chair hasn't been open to talk.

        • More involvement in internet security. Faculty should work with IT department regarding security issues

        • Maximum amount that can be granted for research at the moment is $50,000. There is a priority ranking among people from each school so people can receive the grant.

        • Langston installed a kiosk that allows students to checkout laptops

        • UCI libraries Luminos Open Access

        • Questions/Comments

      • Council on Teaching, Learning and student experience

        • Compass initiative

        • Canvas

        • Teaching evaluations

          • Belongs to the professors themselves

        • UCI undocumented students

          • Financial aid

        • Student academic grievance policy

        • Council recommends clear guidelines

      • Motion to extend time by 10 minutes

        • Motion: Lim

        • Second: Kaur

      • Questions/Concerns

        • Ton: Is it something that we are developing?

          • Going towards EEE

        • Hong: Maybe we should have an update from e-tech committee

          • I will ask for an update

        • Gabra: dean actually mention they are trying to develop a program where everything will be on one website. So the end goal is trying to fit everything on one.

      • Council on Undergraduate Admissions

        • Discontinuation of ALA

        • I was told that the Senators will be getting an update

        • Physics and engineering might have a pilot program

          • Told us they will be a bit more leaning

        • We have the most Dreamers than any other UC campus

        • GPA average of 3.73 to 3.76 and standardized tests scores also went up

        • We have the third highest applicants

      • Assessment Committee

        • WASC visit in 2020

        • Currently going over GE assessments to ensure they meet learning requirements

        • CAC as usual is facing a lack of responses

      • Subcommittee in Courses and continuing Part-Time and Summer session education

        • Focused on the inconsistency of courses that are being proposed that that they meet for 3 hours and are accredited for only 4 units

      • International education

        • Committee reviewed last year’s graduating class’ participation rate in study abroad programs: 12%

          • This is below UC system wide average : 15%

          • Looking to increase percentage to 30%

        • Questions/Concerns

          • Gunanman: I think a major concern is that many people I know would study abroad and were told that they could transfer their credits to UCI and when they came back they couldn’t.

            • I will look into that.

    • California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) Discussion [Enriquez/Kaur]

      • Aimed to engage and train students on being civically engaged

        • Recent victories: Proposition 67, voter registration.

      • Why go 100% clean, renewable energy?

        • Reduce global warming impacts

        • Improved public health (coal exposure is $74.6 billion each year)

        • Price stability

        • Distributed systems means less failure

      • Colleges with 100% commitments

        • Cornell university

        • Boston university

        • Colorado state university

      • Institutions commitments to 1005 renewable energy

        • Apple

        • IKEA

        • Coca-cola

        • Google

      • Updates on the campaign

        • 100 california student leaders have signed on for 100%

      • UCI potential

        • 15 solar arrays for 3.7 MW

        • Electric bus fleet

        • Thermal and hydrogen storage

        • LEED and net-zero buildings

        • Energy efficiency

        • UCOP biogas and purchased electric policy

      • Questions?

        • Lim: Are you hoping that UCI creates a policy on this?

          • Yeah I hope they can focus more on this and work towards renewable energy

        • Motion to extend time by 5 minutes

          • Motion: Hong

          • Second: Lim

        • Hong:

          • I am against it is because it's the liability act, So like when there are days when the wind doesn’t blow where are we going to get that energy?

          • There are switching stations to get electricity from area to another. When you do distributing means everyone has their own general grid and area. If that happens you are screwed because you do have anyone else when there is a problem and they can rack up their prices.

          • The problem in electrical industry, so when neighbor uses only solar panels on their house they don't have to pay for electricity because they are technically using their electricity because they have solar panels. So that is the problem I am currently having with this.

        • Hong: Battery storage is also nice but they remain grossly inefficient because it doesn't work long term. I wouldn't advise this.

        • Kaur: I think the direction was just keep it a little more general and not go into the specifics of it too much.

          • We just want to show our support for the conversations that are happening, through this legislation.

          • We will be bringing more legislation in the future with more ideas.

    • R53-61: Establishment of ASUCI Instagram Account [Noureldine/Almahdi]

      • Let it further be resolved that “Instagram is run by Bio Sci Senator Jude Noureldine, member of the Public Information Committee” to be changed to  “Instagram is run by the Public Information Committee.”

        • Motion: Homam

        • Second: Lim

      • Motion to call the question by acclamation

        • Motion: Lim

        • Second: Hong

      • PASSES unanimously

    • R53-62: By Laws Amendment: Changing Date of Executive Officer Budget Reports [Asad/Hong]

      • Boparai

        • Kind of would like to help you guys get your budget reports with a little bit more time especially because midterms and finals.

        • We just thought on additional week would be more helpful

      • Hong:

        • Week 8 is a bit late as well

        • Week 3 and week 7 you get around a 4 to 6 week spread

      • Motion to commit R53-62 to rules

        • Motion: Lim

        • Second: Hong

  • Senate intern Program Reports

    • NONE

  • Committee Breakouts (6:47pm)

  • Committees

    • Rules

      • R53-62 PASSED 5-0-0

      • Went over constitution and by-laws

    • Public Info

      • Jackets are almost done

      • Public info will be going to the meetings

    • Finance

      • I cannot open up the bill that we made

    • Advocacy

      • Going to be working on appreciation day

  • School Breakouts

  • Announcements

  • Final Business

    • I hope all of you have contacted your Dean’s at this point

    • We have all ASUCI meetings 8-9pm

    • I sent out an email to everyone judicial board wants us to sent a list of 4 participants by tomorrow.

    • J-board is having a hearing

  • Next Meeting: <1/25/18>

  • Motion Adjourn Meeting at <7:07pm>

    • Motion: Hong

    • Second: Lim