Council Meeting Summary, February 14, 2018

Here are notes from the special AMS Council meeting of February 14, 2018:

 Election rules: After hearing a presentation from the Elections Administrator (Filza Raza), Council passed a new Code rule restricting what sitting Executives can do during elections: Executives can no longer make public endorsements or assist candidates publicly (but they can still assist in private).

Council also passed a rule requiring assistants to the Executives and other student staff to sign campaigning agreements before assisting in election campaigns.

Election Appointments: Council appointed the members of the Elections Committee: Urvi Sardesai (Chief Returning Officer), Galyna Zaria (Events), and Elena Mabrito (Communications).  Also two poll clerks as at large members: Andrew Dyadin and Ava Lanoway.

Referendums: Council called three referendums, to take place at the same time as the elections in early March.  Students will vote on the following questions:

  • Extending the U-Pass at its current price
  • Approving a fee restructuring under which certain old AMS fees will have to come up for renewal (fees for Athletics, the Resource Groups, Campus Culture, the Bike Kitchen, etc.).  Also, the fee for Sexual Assault Support Services will go up from $3.55 to $7, and the Graduating Class fee will come down from $7 to $3.55.
  • Abolishing Student Court.

Services in the Referendum: Council authorized the AMS Student Services to take part in the referendum campaigns and also declared that the AMS will take a Yes position on all three questions.

Expulsion Policy: Adrian Pang, the Music rep, raised concerns about the recently approved Expulsion Policy.  VP Administration Pooja Bhatti said the Operations Committee is looking at the policy again.

Next meeting:   The next regular Council meeting will be at 6 pm on February 28, 2018 in the Michael Kingsmill Forum on the fourth floor of the Nest.


Sheldon Goldfarb

Archivist & Clerk of Council


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