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 SponsorIntroducedStatusVoteLinkLast UpdatedBill SummaryAction TakenAffected GroupsAyesNaysAbstainAbsentCommittee 1ReportCommittee 2Amended
1Establishing the Constitutional CommissionAguilar (2023)May 23, 2021Passed in Senate23-0-1ViewMay 23, 2021The 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.Establish CommitteeAssociation
2Refreshed Constitution and BylawsConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate20-1-0ViewAugust 29, 2021Amend Constitution/Bylaws
2-01Adopting the Rules of Order of the SenateConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate20-1-0ViewAugust 29, 2021The 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.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-02Dissolving the Boards SystemConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate19-1-1ViewAugust 29, 2021The Boards System of the Vassar Student Association has fallen out of date and is no longer utilized. Thus, we dissolve it.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-03Establishing the Board of Residential AffairsConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate20-1-0ViewAugust 29, 2021The 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.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-04Dissolving the Student Delegates SystemConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate18-2-1ViewAugust 29, 2021The 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.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-05Adopting the Chair of Athletics and Athletics CommitteeConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate17-2-2ViewAugust 29, 2021In 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.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-06Memorandum of Understanding between the VSA and SAACConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate18-2-1ViewAugust 29, 2021The 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.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-07Eliminating the Student Labor Senators and Adopting the Chair of Student Labor and Student Labor CommitteeConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate19-2-0ViewAugust 29, 2021The 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.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-08Adopting the Chair of Community Affairs and Community Affairs CommitteeConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate19-2-0ViewAugust 29, 2021The 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.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-09Eliminating the Chair of Planning and Planning CommitteeConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate20-1-0ViewAugust 29, 2021The 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.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-10Adopting the Communications CommitteeConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate19-2-0ViewAugust 29, 2021The 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.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-11Amending the Suffrage of Members on Senate CommitteesConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate19-2-0ViewAugust 29, 2021The 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.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-12Adopting the Committee Assignments ProcedureConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate18-2-1ViewAugust 29, 2021The Vassar Student Association adopts an official process for the Vice President’s assignment of Class Senators to standing Senate Committees and joint College Committees.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-13Amending the Senate Vote on Allocation Pre-ApprovalsConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate20-1-0ViewAugust 29, 2021The 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.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-14Dissolving the Preliminary Organizations Levels SystemConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate20-1-0ViewAugust 29, 2021The 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.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-15Approving the Employment of a Public Relations InternConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate20-1-0ViewAugust 29, 2021The 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.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-16Amending the Legislative ProcessConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate19-2-0ViewAugust 29, 2021The 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.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-17Eliminating the Referendum System of the Board of Elections and AppointmentsConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate18-1-2ViewAugust 29, 2021The 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.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-18Amending the Purview and Protocols of the Judicial BoardConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate18-2-1ViewAugust 29, 2021The Vassar Student Association amends the purview and protocols of the Judicial Board to clarify its responsibilities, limitations, legal standards, and general operations.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-19Amending the Disciplinary Process for Student OrganizationsConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate19-2-0ViewAugust 29, 2021The 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.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-20Adopting the Representation Precedence of the VSA to the Judicial BoardConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate19-2-0ViewAugust 29, 2021The 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.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-21Adopting a Conflict of Interest Policy for the AssociationConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate19-1-1ViewAugust 29, 2021The 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.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-22Adopting a Rights and Responsibilities Policy for the AssociationConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate20-1-0ViewAugust 29, 2021The Vassar Student Association currently holds no standardized member rights and responsibility policy, particularly now with a Judicial Board conducting hearings. Thus, we adopt one.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
2-23Adopting an Oath of Office PolicyConstitutional Commission (Summer 2021)August 1, 2021Passed in Senate19-2-0ViewAugust 29, 2021The 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.Amend Constitution/BylawsAssociation
3-01Raise the Wage ActMangan (2023)October 15, 2021Passed in Senate30-0-1
3-02Fair Compensation and Responsive Accountability ActAguilar (2023)
4Creating an Equity and Inclusion TreasurerMazurkiewicz (Vice President)September 29, 2021Passed in Senate29-0-2ViewSeptember 29, 2021
5Amending the Joint Committees for the Chair of Community AffairsMazurkiewicz (Vice President)September 29, 2021Passed in Senate29-0-2ViewOctober 3, 2021
6Amending the Bylaws to Clarify the College President’s Veto Timeline for the LegislationAguilar (2023)October 13, 2021Sent to College
7Fossil Fuel Divesment ActMangan (2023)October 15, 2021Tabled Indefinitely
8Strategic Planning and Advocacy Accountability ActAguilar (2023)October 24, 2021Passed in Senate30-0-1November 17, 2021
9Administrative Engagement and Oversight ActAguilar (2023)October 24, 2021Passed in Senate30-0-1Novmber 17, 2021
10Senate Transition Retreat ActAguilar (2023)October 24, 2021Passed in Senate31-0-0ViewNovember 3, 2021
11A Recommendation to Extending Voting Rights to the President of the Vassar Student AssociationAguilar (2023)October 26, 2021Passed in Senate31-0-0November 17, 2021
12A Recommendation to Enhance the Language Graduation RequirementMangan (2023)October 27, 2021Sent to College31-0-0ViewNovember 3, 2021
13Student Advocacy and Casework ActMangan (2023)October 27, 2021Passed in Senate30-0-1November 14, 2021
14Campus Activities Review ActFitzGerald (2022)November 11, 2021Sent to College30-0-1November 21, 2021
15Amending the Membership Guidelines of the Finance CommitteeAguilar (2023)October 27, 2021Passed in Senate28-0-3
16-1The Revised Senate Structure ActAguilar (2023)November 29, 2021Tabled IndefinitelyDecember 1, 2021
16-2Fair Compensation and Responsive Accountability ActAguilar (2023)November 30, 2021Passed in CommitteeDecember 1, 2021
17House Team Pay Subsidy ActMangan (2023)December 1, 2021Passed in Senate17-11-0December 1, 2021
18aVassar Washing Allocation For Student Health (V-WASH)Stevens (2025)November 10, 2021Passed in CommitteeDecember 1, 2021
18bThe Copying and Residential Expenses (CARE) ActStevens (2025)November 10, 2021Passed in Committee
18Waste Reduction ActMangan (2023)October 27, 2021Passed in Senate28-0-3December 1, 2021
19A Recommendation to Remove Sanctioning Parameters for the Student Conduct ProcessScannell (2023)Passed in Senate27-0-4
20A Recommendation to Implement Retroactive NRO OptionsScannell (2023)
21Amendment to Expedite LegislationFitzGerald (2022)November 10, 2021Passed in Senate28-0-3November 10, 2021

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