Amendment adding an ex officio representative for transferred student passes
Resolution pushing for accommodation for international student passes
ASUCD Vice-President Emily Barneond opened the Senate meeting on Thursday, April 22 at 6:10 p.m.
The call was followed by a presentation featuring Deborah Agee, Executive Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships at UC Davis.
Agee described the different types of financial aid available to university students, how to apply for aid, and how to appeal for offers of aid if there is not enough.
“The first thing you do is fill out the free application for Federal Student Aid, which is the FAFSA,” Agee said. “And so many people think the FAFSA is the help, but it’s not the help – it’s the application.”
Agee also mentioned the federal CARES Act relief fund made available to students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senators then discussed how a financial aid appeal might work if the offer was deemed insufficient. Agee encouraged people to appeal as soon as possible if they have an unforeseen life event affecting their financial situation.
McKenna Weitzel, Assistant Student Government Payroll Coordinator, gave a presentation on the payroll department and how it works within ASCUD.
Sydney Cliff has been confirmed in the Senate as President of Environmental Policy and Planning.
Brooke Isrow presented the quarterly report on the Aggie Mentors program. Isrow said the program hopes to provide more opportunities for socializing as the campus reopens for in-person teaching in the fall term of 2021.
“The relationship between mentor and mentee depends entirely on each pair [in terms of whether] they’re comfortable meeting in person or remotely, ”Isrow said. “Regarding the kick-off, it will not be compulsory at all. We want people to be comfortable with this program.
Kinu Koide presented the quarterly report of the Aggie Arts Committee. The meeting then turned to the discussion of old and new legislation.
Constitutional amendment No. 70 was introduced to provide for an ex officio transfer of the representative to the Senate table.
“Transfer students come from diverse backgrounds and it is difficult for transfer students to get involved in ASUCD,” said Tariq Azim, president of veterans, transfer, reentry and author of the amendment. “UC Davis is one of only three UC that does not have a transfer student role.”
The motion was carried with unanimous consent.
Constitutional Amendment No.71, which provides for a representative of international students in the Senate, was introduced as emergency law and passed with unanimous consent.
Senate Resolution 13, which provides for academic accommodations for international students beginning in the fall of 2021, was passed with unanimous consent.
“The pandemic has been extremely damaging to academics and international students,” said Senator Kabir Sahni, a third-year international student in India, when discussing the resolution. “[International students] make up 17% of UC Davis’ undergraduate population, and the academic barriers that have been brought about by the pandemic do not match the fairness the institution advocates. ”
Senate Bill 81, updating Senate confirmation and presentation procedures, was also passed with unanimous consent.
Written by: Rebecca Bihn-Wallace – [email protected]