Ballot Measures

ASUO Senator Office Hours

Should the ASUO Constitution be amended to decrease the maximum number of weekly office hours that student senators must serve?

Currently, student senators are required to serve weekly office hours, and the specific number of hours required is tied to each senator’s position and leadership status. This ballot measure’s purpose is to reduce the maximum number of weekly hours that a senator must serve from seven to five.

 

A YES vote would amend the ASUO Constitution, as follows:

 

6.27 Senators shall hold no less than three (3) office hours each week, exclusive of Dead Week and Finals Week, while the full University is in session. Two (2) office hours shall be held in the ASUO office during regular business hours, and one (1) hour may be held on the University of Oregon campus, in places specifically designated by the Senator, between 8:30 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additional requirements and procedures for office hours shall be fulfilled in accordance with the Rules of the Student Senate. The office hours of student senators shall not be used to fulfill the office hours requirements of any other position that a student senator may hold, but no Senator shall be required to hold more than seven (7) five (5) total ASUO office hours.

 

A NO vote would retain the current language of the ASUO Constitution, as follows:

 

6.27 Senators shall hold no less than three (3) office hours each week, exclusive of Dead Week and Finals Week, while the full University is in session. Two (2) office hours shall be held in the ASUO office during regular business hours, and one (1) hour may be held on the University of Oregon campus, in places specifically designated by the Senator, between 8:30 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additional requirements and procedures for office hours shall be fulfilled in accordance with the Rules of the Student Senate. The office hours of student senators shall not be used to fulfill the office hours requirements of any other position that a student senator may hold, but no Senator shall be required to hold more than seven (7) total ASUO office hours.

Incidental Fee Funding for OSPIRG

Shall $1.75 per student per term of the incidental fee continue to be allocated to OSPIRG (the Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group) for the 2020-2022 academic years?

OSPIRG is a statewide, student-run nonprofit that trains student leaders and engages the student body on issues such as saving the bees, plastic pollution, environmental protection, hunger relief, and the cost of college. OSPIRG started at the University of Oregon in 1971, when students first voted to form and fund a chapter.

 

A YES vote would continue OSPIRG’s current funding level of $1.75 per student per term for the 2020-2022 academic years. Any student choosing not to support OSPIRG can receive a refund.

 

A NO vote would not provide constitutionally dedicated funding for OSPIRG for the 2020-2022 academic years.

Incidental Fee Appropriation

Should the ASUO be allowed to intentionally over-appropriate the Incidental Fee in order to create a financial surplus?

Currently, the ASUO may not over-appropriate the per term I-fee by more than 25 cents to intentionally create a financial surplus. This ballot measure’s purpose is to allow the Student Senate to intentionally create a financial surplus by over-appropriating the Incidental Fee, provided the increase is in accordance with the amount allowable under Oregon law.

 

A YES vote would amend the ASUO Constitution, as follows:

 

6.7 The Student Senate shall vote to approve or deny the budgets recommended by the ASUO Programs Finance Committee, the EMU Board, Athletics and Contracts Finance Committee and the Department Finance Committee. When approving the proposed budget, the Student Senate shall not may over-appropriate the per term I-fee by more than 25 cents to intentionally create a financial surplus as long as the I-fee remains under the state mandated 5% increase cap. The Senate may deny any part of the ASUO Programs Finance Committee recommendation by a vote of 4/5 of the filled seats.

 

A NO vote would retain the current language of the ASUO Constitution, as follows:

 

6.7 The Student Senate shall vote to approve or deny the budgets recommended by the ASUO Programs Finance Committee, the EMU Board, Athletics and Contracts Finance Committee and the Department Finance Committee. When approving the proposed budget, the Student Senate shall not over-appropriate the per term I-fee by more than 25 cents to intentionally create a financial surplus. The Senate may deny any part of the ASUO Programs Finance Committee recommendation by a vote of 4/5 of the filled seats.