SGA Remarks

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*The following record of minutes has been amended for relevance.

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

12th General Meeting 2016-2017 Academic Year

Total Voting 29 Simple 15 ¾ 22 2/3 19

III. Adjournment Time
No later than 1:15pm
Yasir motions
Jonathan seconds
29 yay, 0 nay
Motion passes

Division of Student Success- Representatives Address. Offices on the 9th floor of 73 represented within the division.
Open Forum [Discussion] Ref. “Sanctuary University” status for Suffolk University.

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

11th General Meeting 2016-2017 Academic Year

POI Total Voting 23 Simple 12 ¾ 18 2/3 16

Yasir motions to extend meeting to 2pm
Jenn seconds
23 yay, 0 nay
Motion passes

Yasir - Sydney, Levi, Phyliss, Emma and Tim, Thank you. I know it's hard to share your feelings and emotions in public, and so I thank you all for coming here today. I know this election has divided us. And I know some of us feel pain and some feel threatened. First, Suffolk University must be committed to being inclusive. And as elected representatives, we must be too. The solution is most definitely not to ban Suffolk University Republicans as a group on campus. What I also know is that no matter which way people voted in this election, they are good people, and they care deeply about the future of this country. And here today I make a pledge, and urge you to join me, as someone who has been elected to represent the student body, and as a member of the Suffolk University community. That if someone is attacked, harassed or feels threatened, whether that be because of their identity or because of their views, I will fight for them and I will be committed to making sure they feel protected and included at our university. Thank you.

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

10th General Meeting 2016-2017 Academic Year

Reports by the Secretary, Brianna Silva
1. Minutes 11/3
John motions
Levi seconds
Yasir, Kally, Dan, Vince abstain
31 yay, 0 nay
Motion passes

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

9th General Meeting 2016-2017 Academic Year

POI Total Voting 29 Simple 15 ¾ 22 2/3 19
ISSO - 9th floor of 73, welcoming you to the international office.
Climate Survey, Strategic Plan Survey, Presidential Search Committee Survey
W!cked- Finance Committee Funding for Monsters of Hip Hop Convention. Motion passes
I. Open Forum
Member at large nomination

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

8th General Meeting 2016-2017 Academic Year

POI: Total Voting 29 Simple 15 ¾ 22 2/3 19

VIII. Open Forum
Yasir - Do we have to close open forum prior to amending the agenda?
Sean - No, this is just to bring it up to discussion.
Levi motions to introduce the legislation about SJRB
Sabrina seconds
29 yay, 0 nay
Motion passes

Thursday, October 20th 2016

7th General Meeting 2016-2017 Academic Year

POI Total Voting 26 Simple 14 ¾ 20 2/3 17

I. Adjournment
Matt motions to adjourn meeting at 1:15pm
Jonathan seconds
Sara, Shelby, Levi, Yasir opposes
22 yay, 4 nay
Motion passes

Thursday, October 13th 2016

6th General Meeting 2016-2017 Academic Year

POI Total Voting 30 Simple 16 ¾ 23 2/3 20

I. Reports by the President, Sean Walsh
1. SUPD- Looking at creating a public safety advisory committee—> With students and faculty…We have gotten a lot of people to volunteer!
Josh- About a month ago there was a trespasser in 10 West, I passed by SUPD/security as it was happen. How did he manage to get upstairs? Why didn’t SUPD come in to help?
Chief Coletta- The security officer did what he was supposed to do in that situation. The person was not a student, ... when someone came out, the trespasser piggy backed in but security realized right away the seriousness of the situation. The guy ended up being arrested for trespassing, assault, and battery. There’s generally 3 officers assigned throughout the campus…[T]ypically outside the building, especially on weekends.
Yasir - After this took place, what steps were taken to prevent outsiders from coming in?
Chief Coletta- We spoke with the officer, there really wasn’t anything different he could have done.
Captain Connolly- He’s one guy, we take the guests very seriously…Something like that, it can happen. This was the first time in 3 ½ years that I’ve been here that this has happened.
Chief Colleta- Our officers did investigate, our biggest concerns are the ins and outs within the residence hall. We always review with our staff the processes they need to go through during these situations.

Thursday, October 6th 2016

5th General Meeting 2016-2017 Academic Year

Yasir: President Kelly, thank you for coming. I know I speak on behalf of the class of 2020, and the rest of the members of SGA, when I say that we are truly appreciative and grateful that you are here. It's important for those at the highest levels of our university to be communicative and responsive. In regards to the 5 year plan, knowing there will be a new president sometime in the near future, how does that affect the success of your vision of the 5 year plan, and what you'd like to accomplish.
President Kelly: We can’t afford to hit the pause button. Every president will have their own priorities, but their priorities should be surrounded by the better interest of the university. With whomever is appointed president, they should be able to have some sort of continuity and pick up from where we’ve been. You can’t just be appointed president and come up with a whole new strategic plan, you have to see what’s best for the university in a thoughtful way. A good plan will draw the strengths and weakness of the university.
Yasir: How does the lack of stable leadership affect the strategic plan?
President Kelly: We have a lot of stability throughout the university. There’s a great deal of continuity, who’s doing what and making sure we’re continuing to move forward during the implementation of those things.
Yasir entertains a motion to extend meeting time to 1:30pm
Levi seconds
JD, Vince, John, Dan, Alex oppose
26 yay, 5 nay
Motion passes
V. Reports by the Treasurer, Cam Viola
1. IS Club Initiatives request- If a club requests more than $5,000 in an initiatives meeting, they have to come to SGA and present their request. Need a majority vote for this to pass. IS Club is … [r]equesting money for Adobe Max Conference. … 6-7 students … have workshops … etc. $5,482.00 is the amount requested.
POI: Total Voting 30 Simple 16 ¾ 23 2/3 20
Sara motions to end discussion. - Ben seconds. - John opposes
29 yay, 1 nay
Motion passes
Levi motions to approve $5482.00
Doug seconds
Sara, Yasir, Jonathan, John, Dan, Vince, Sabrina abstain
23 yay, 0 nay, 7 abstentions
Motion passes
POI: Total Voting 24 Simple 13 ¾ 18 2/3 16

Sabrina motions to adjourn meeting at 1:17pm
Nick seconds
Yasir, Doug, Clara, Ben, Chris, Tohfa, Jonathan, Matt, Josh, Morgan, Michael, Shelby, Sara, Levi, Kally, Jenn oppose.
8 yay, 16 nay
Motion fails
VII. Open Forum
Yasir: Is there a finance committee tab on SU Connect?
Dan: Yes.

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

4th General Meeting 2016-2017 Academic Year

No Remarks.

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

3rd General Meeting 2016-2017 Academic Year

VI. Reports by the Secretary, Brianna Silva
1. Minutes 9/15
Sara motions
Kim seconds
Levi, Michael, Dan, Alyssa, Phyliss, Doug, Matt, Ben, Nick, Chris, Matt, Clara, Tohfa, Yasir, Marisabell, Cat abstain
20 yay, 0 nay, 16 abstentions
Motion passes
VIII. Open Forum
1. Class Caucus-
Class of 2020
Speaker- Cat Seaver
SJRB- Nicolas Rodriguez Gallego
Finance- Yasir Batalvi
Yasir- Why was George Reagan able to help investigate if he wasn’t on the board?
Sean- He didn’t conduct the investigation, claims from George Regan who Suffolk had ties with were the cause of the investigation, which then the BoT launched the investigation.
Yasir- There were reports in the media about Suffolk’s accreditation being questioned because it was being edited, what do you have to say about that?
Sean- BoT updated their bylaws recently, but prior to that it was very out of date.
Yasir- Should we be concerned with the accreditation of Suffolk.
Sean- Not sure what NEASC is planning, not sure where things stand but I believe there’s currently no issues.
Dean Coyne- Not in jeopardy with NEASC. We’re coming up next year on our 5-year report, and we’ve formed a committee that’s currently writing that up.

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

2nd General Meeting 2016-2017 Academic Year

VIII. Open Forum

POI: Total Voting is 21 Simple 11 ¾ 16 2/3 14

Candidate Forum:
All candidates running for senator positions will introduce themselves, and explain what they hope to accomplish if elected.

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

1st General Meeting 2016-2017 Academic Year

Committee Chair Nominations. Elections Information. Open Forum.