AGS COUNCIL MINUTES
AGS COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
I. Call to Order
Meeting called to order at 5:45 by AGS Vice President Internal Becky Grady
II. Approve Agenda (1)
Motion to approve the agenda by Michelle
Seconded by Connor
III. Approve minutes from previous meeting (1)
Motion to approve the minutes from previous meeting by Michelle
Seconded by Shantell
IV. Executive Reports:
a. President (5)
i. Student Center referendum passed, food pantry only passed for undergrads. So as of right now, grads won’t be able to use it but some funding might come through later
ii. Student Advisor to Board of Regents role was approved, the position is currently being filled.
b. VP Internal (3)
i. Mandatory reporting meeting, pushing for at least anonymous reporting
c. VP External (3)
i. UCSA meeting, budget is out and is available through email to Sifat if you’d like to see it.
d. VP Social (3)
i. Cinco De Mayo Party at PV Lounge or Red Barn
ii. Karaoke Night on May 23, getting free pub bucks to first students for last Karaoke night of the year
e. VP Finance (3)
i. Done administering travel grants for the year and we are collecting pictures from the year. $3K left to give out for project funding.
f. VP Admin (3)
i. Last two Council meetings in May, one or both will be joint Council meetings with next year’s AGS Council.
ii. AGS Service Awards given out on Monday, full list is on the AGS website.
V. Staff Updates –
Olivia - One World Concert is coming up, please attend or help! Turnip the Beet event, we need volunteers to hang out and give out water bottles on Tuesday
Ye – Symposium was great, almost 100 presenters and 40 judges (20 from outside UCI). Hopefully this event is building in momentum to be stronger each year.
VI. Election Results
Results are ratified, winners will be notified soon. Joint AGS Council meetings at end of the year.
VII. Resolution 16-23 to Reform Disciplinary Procedures on Campus (10)
Assaults and incidents have occurred throughout UC system but authors ar especially concerned about situations at UC Irvine. The authors feel that oversight mechanisms for reporting assaults are not appropriate. They think an external group should come in, assess ways in which we can do better, and set up oversight committee to make sure they take place.
Examples of misconduct: asked to not report, victim blaming, asking victims of sexual history, etc. Wide ranging issues and there isn’t a central place for reporting or oversight.
Concern: Without public notice of these problems, and because a new policy was just created, could timing be problematic?
The authors feel that the new policy still feels short, and even without breaking confidentiality UC Irvine should be worried about something like this.
Concern: Are there admin or faculty that can also push this? With just support from AGS, there is worry that it wouldn’t go far.
The authors do have faculty/staff that can help push, but no timeline has been set up with them. No investigatory agency has been decided upon, but the authors expect that some negotiations would take place on which group.
Concern: Third paragraph is general, might be better with that paragraph more substantiated.
Concern: Have we talked to the Title 9 office yet?
Yes, at this point it seems that the authors can’t remedy it through that channel.
Motion to extend time by 5 minutes by Chance
Seconded by Connor
Possible suggestions to amend the legislation to read, starting with a new third paragraph:
“Whereas there have been a recent number of miscarriages of justice throughout the UC system;
Whereas several members of the graduate community have come to representatives of the AGS Council with incidents of victim blaming, failure to follow legal procedures established under the Civil Rights Act, needlessly protracted investigatory periods, and attempts to hide incidences from the public that are happening at UC Irvine;”
Motion to extend time by 1 minutes by Becky
Seconded by Michelle
Concern: that wording should be fine-tuned and brought back next meeting.
Move to take this to committee to fine-tune the language, add more detail about incidents by Alec
Second by Michelle
Motion is passed 18.5-6-1.5
Connor will set up document to capture the language, and we’ll bring this back.
Group that will help: Becky, Chance, Ye, Martin, Aaron, Will, Mikaela, Ryan
VIII. Resolutions 16-18, 16-19, 16-21, & 16-22 to Ratify Funding Committee Allocations (5)
Four funding requests under $1K: History Department, Global Sustainability food event, Pro-abortion policy information, LGBTQ performance
Motion to pass the resolution by Ye
Seconded by John
Motion passes 24-0-1
IX. Resolution 16-20 to Approve Funding Committee Allocation for One World Concert (5)
In the future we should allocate this money internally, we should have done that this year. In that case, this should be taken care of so we don’t have to do this again next year.
Motion to pass the resolution by John
Seconded by Evangeline
Motion passes 23-0-2
X. Birth Control Access Petition (5)
Nicole, guest speaker: New law about birth control access without primary physician prescription. The Student Health Center is not required by law to do so, and is not planning on doing so. This is concerning because no other pharmacies in Orange County are doing so, except for maybe Albertsons (pending). UC Irvine is not doing so because of liability and “maintaining relationship with patients.” But pelvic exam is also required every year, even though guidelines have changed to only every other three years. We feel these are invasive and medically unnecessary exams. Text is online and emailed out to Council, the link will be sent out to Council.
Motion for AGS to sign the petition as an entity by Chance
Seconded by Connor
Discussion on the motion:
Concern about whether we should sign or take this to a separate resolution, or whether this was something. Time is a concern, the meeting where petition is presented is May 11. Will aid the discussion if we have AGS support. Or do both?
Move to extend time for 5 minutes by Becky
Seconded by Connor
Move to extend by 30 seconds by Becky
Seconded by Ryan
Object to the motion by Ye
Motion withdrawn by Ye
Move to extend time by 5 minutes to read petition by Becky
Objection to the motion by Chance, seconded by Connor
Motion for AGS to sign the petition as an entity passes 16-3-4.5
Should we add sentence to signing of this petition?
Motion to add a sentence by Chance
Second by Jake
Sentence will read, “The Council of the Associated Graduate Students voted to endorse this petition.”
Motion passes 18-2-2
XI. New Business (5)
- Volunteers at Symposium, extra zots to Committee, Ye for running Symposium, Mikaela and Michelle for running social committee while Shantell was gone
Move to adjourn the meeting by Becky
Second by Ryan