Active Resolutions Dispositions Packet 

Spring 2017


Rules and Resolutions Committee

Name

Email

Rules & Resolutions Chair,

Executive Vice President Lawrence Kelley

evp@studentsenateccc.org    

resolutions@studentsenateccc.org

Rules & Resolutions Vice Chair,
Director Lucy Hendrix

radregionxiii@studentsenateccc.org

President Courtney Cooper

president@studentsenateccc.org

Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Gerson Liahut-Sánchez

vpla@studentsenateccc.org

Vice President of Communications Errin Bass

vpc@studentsenateccc.org

Director Zachary Awe

ladregioni@studentsenateccc.org

Director John Michaelson

ladregioniii@studentsenateccc.org

Director Cheyne Strawn

ladregionv@studentsenateccc.org

Director Bryanna Siguenza

ladregionvi@studentsenateccc.org

Director Saleem Moinuddin

ladregionvii@studentsenateccc.org

Director Alejandro Lomeli

sadregionxiii@studentsenateccc.org

Director Bernard McFadden

sadregionix@studentsenateccc.org

Director Jerry Sirotnak

ladregionix@studentsenateccc.org

Director Alexis Del Castillo

sadregionx@studentsenateccc.org


Table of Contents:

Note from the SSCCC Executive Vice President

Committee Chair Contact Information

Committee Resolution Dispositions

Executive Committee

System Affairs Committee

Regional Affairs Committee

Legislative Affairs Committee

Finance Committee

Communications Committee

Rules and Resolutions Committee

Events Committee

Equitable Practices Committee

General Assemblies

Spring 2012 (Previously Sunsetted)

Spring 2012, 3.01 Pathway to Lift AB 540 Status

Spring 2012, 3.02 SB 1440 Implementation Imperative to Students’ Futures

Spring 2012, 3.03 Board of Governors Membership

Spring 2012, 8.01 Access to Federal Student Loans

Spring 2012, 14.01 Board of Governors Fee Waiver Awareness

Spring 2012, 17.01 Amendments to the Budget and Accounting Manual

Spring 2012, 20.02 Additional Textbooks

Spring 2012, 24.01 University Enrollment Cuts

Spring 2012, 24.02 Fall Commencement

Fall 2012 (Previously Sunsetted)

Fall 2012, 8.01 Responsibility in Financial Aid Disbursement

Fall 2012, 19.01 Child Care Center Funding

Fall 2012, 19.02 Promotion of Safe Sex Practices

Fall 2012, 23.02 Resolutions Debate Time

Spring 2013 (Previously Sunsetted)

Spring 2013, 6.01 Peer to Peer Counseling

Spring 2013, 12.01 Formal Training of Student Government Officers

Spring 2013, 15.01 Polling Places at California Community Colleges

Spring 2013, 17.02 Internal Funding

Spring 2013, 19.01 Awareness and Advocacy for Mental Health Resources

Spring 2013, 20.01 Student Access and Academic Success

Spring 2013, 22.01 Alternative to Online Courses

Spring 2013, 22.02 Student Equity and Equality (SEE) Act

Spring 2013, 23.01 Academic Senate Resolutions Coalescence

Fall 2013 (Previously Sunsetted)

Fall 2013, 2.01 ACCJC Investigation

Fall 2013, 7.01 Mental Health Services for Trans* Identified Students

Fall 2013, 7.02 Restroom and Changing Facilities Access Rights

Fall 2013, 12.01 Campus Safety Procedures

Fall 2013, (Spring 2013) 14.01 Student Representation Fee Hidden Exemption

Fall 2013, 19.02 Promotion of Safe Sex Practices

Fall 2013, 19.03 Public Safety Improvement

Fall 2013,  (Spring 2013) 20.01 Textbook Buyback

Fall 2013, 20.02 Advocacy for Textbook Price Regulation

Fall 2013, 20.03 Tax-Free Textbooks

Fall 2013, 21.01 Awareness and Advocacy for Veteran Resource Centers

Fall 2013, 21.02 SSCCC Centralized Online Resource for Veteran Students

Fall 2013, 22.01 Support Open Educational Resources

Fall 2013, 22.02 Syllabus Availability

Fall 2013,  (Spring 2013) 23.01 Anti-Revolving Door Policy in Hiring

Fall 2013, 23.08 Status Report Update

Spring 2014

Spring 2014, 3.01 District Wide Official Transcript

Spring 2014, 5.01 The Green Technology Implementation Act

Spring 2014, 5.02 Statewide Sustainability Practices Initiative

Spring 2014, 7.01 Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics

Spring 2014, 7.02 CCCApply Gender Self ­Identification

Spring 2014, 7.03 CCCApply Preferred Name Accommodation

Spring 2014, 8.01 Cal Grant A Award Reforms

Spring 2014, 8.02  Cal Grant A and B Renewal Reforms

Spring 2014, 9.01 Innovation of the CA Master Plan For Higher Education

Spring 2014,  (Fall 2013) 9.01 Student Trustee Privileges

Spring 2014, 15.03 Institutional Memory

Spring 2014, 19.01 Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Resource Center

Spring 2014, 19.02 Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Students Educational Support Services

Spring 2014, 19.03  Women’s Restrooms Dispensaries

Spring 2014, 19.04 Establishing a General Prayer/Meditation Area

Spring 2014, 24.02 Improvement of Internet Access

Spring 2014, 24.03 CCC Reorganization Plan for Parking Facilities

Fall 2014

Fall 2014, (Spring 2014) 15.02: Student Leader Transcript Notation

Fall 2014, (Spring 2014) 23.01 ASO Budget Resource Database

Fall 2014, 26.03  Sustainable Mental Health Services Programs

Fall 2014, 27.02 Establishing an International Students’ Resource Center (ISRC)

Fall 2014, 27.04  Safe Place Implementation

Spring 2015

Spring 2015,  (F07 17.03) S12 Waste Mitigation

Spring 2015, (F08 5.01) S 22 Sustainable Cafeteria Practices

Spring 2015, (F08 7.01) S24 Umoja Community

Spring 2015, (F09 9.01) S42 FAFSA Reform Act 2009

Spring 2015, (S10 24.01) S 54 Halal Food Options

Spring 2015, R1 Increased Access to Facilities On Campus

Spring 2015, R2 Improve Sustainability with Composting and/or Mulching

Spring 2015, A1 Food Pantry Programs on California Community College Campuses

Spring 2015, A5 Increased Access to Financial Assistance for Self-Supporting Students

Spring 2015, A9 Required SB 967 “Yes Means Yes” Training for SSCCC Senators

Fall 2015

Fall 2015, 15-02 Endorsement of the America's College Promise Act

Fall 2015, 15-03: Improvement or Implementation of Student Learning Center

Fall 2015, 15-04: Expansion of funding of Post-Secondary Education for Foster Youth to all Community College Districts

Fall 2015, 15-06: Online and Distance Education Student Representation

Fall 2015, 15-08: Fossil Fuel Divestment

Fall 2015, 15-09: Ecological Sustainability Partnership

Fall 2015, 15-10: Gender Expression Sensitivity Training

Fall 2015, 15-13: Unit Cap

Fall 2015, 15-18: SSCCC Smoke Free & Tobacco Free Campuses

Fall 2015, 15-19: Multi-Stalled All-Gender Restrooms

Fall 2015, 15-20: Inclusive Language in California Education Code

Fall 2015, 15-22: Establishment of Undocumented Student Service Centers at Community Colleges that are Identified as Hispanic Serving Institutions

Fall 2015, 15-23: Harnessing the Power of the 2.1

Fall 2015, 15- 25: Larry Itliong Day

Fall 2015, 15-26: Undocumented Student Success

Fall 2015, 15-27: Student Mental Health Support System

Fall 2015, 15-29: Ensuring the Academic Success of California’s Homeless Youth

Fall 2015, 15-30: Heads Up College Promise

Fall 2015, 15-31: Sustainability

Fall 2015, 15-32: Mental Health

Fall 2015, 15- 33: Scantron Vending Machines

Fall 2015, 15-34: Gender Neutral Bathroom Implementation

Fall 2015, 15-37: Administrative AS Support and Responsibilities

Fall 2015, 15-38: Baby Changing Stations and Family Restrooms

Fall 2015, 15-39: California Student Aid Commission Representation

Spring 2016

Spring 2016, 16-01: Committee Regular Meeting Schedule

Spring 2016, 16-02: Parliamentarian Opinion

Spring 2016, 16-03: Implementation of a Non-Denominational Meditation/Prayer Space

Spring 2016, 16-05: Priority Registration for Student Government Officers

Spring 2016, 16-06: Resolution to Support Paid Part-Time Faculty Office Hours

Spring 2016, 16-07: Promotion of the Establishment of NAACP College Division Chapters

Spring 2016, 16-08: Veterans Issues

Spring 2016, 16-09: Establishing Veteran Resource Centers (VRCs)

Spring 2016, 16-10: Carpool Incentive

Spring 2016, 16-11: Campus Safety Day

Spring 2016, 16-13: The General Assembly Fairness and Affordability Policy

Spring 2016, 16-14: District Student Trustee Rights and Privileges

Spring 2016, 16-17: Schools Safe Zone for Undocumented Students

Spring 2016, 16-20: Nourishment Security for College Students

Spring 2016, 16-21: ASO Ethics Training

Spring 2016, 16-22: Affirmation Task Force

Spring 2016, 16-23: Homeless Student Housing

Spring 2016, 16-27: Funding for Technological Modernization

Spring 2016, 16-28: AB 540 Reformation

Spring 2016, (F07 13.01) S9 Student Involvement

Spring 2016, (F07 15.01) S11 Requirement to Serve

Spring 2016, (F09 12.04) S45 Transitional Training Requirements & Digitized Archive of Records for Student Government

Spring 2016, (F09 19.04) S47 Advocate for Health Services

Spring 2016, (S10 24.02) S55 Harvey Milk Day Recognition

Fall 2016

      Fall 2016 S.02.04.06.08-1: Students with Developmental Disabilities and    Opportunities

                Fall 2016 S02.03-1: Misuse of Health Fees

                      Fall 2016 S.10-1: Equitable Access Committee

                Fall 2016 B.10-1: SSCCC Strategic Plan Ad-Hoc Committee

                Fall 2016 R.03.04-1: Energy Mitigation        

                Fall 2016 R.02.03-1: Resolution Harassment Policy Implementation

                Fall 2016 R.04-1: Water Bottle Refilling Stations

                Fall 2016 R.02.03-2:  Non-Credit Student Leadership

                Fall 2016 R.03-1: Rail Fare College Student Discount        

                Fall 2016 R.04-2: Amtrak for Students

                Fall 2016 R.02-1: Increased Access to Resources on Campuses

                Fall 2016 R.04-3: Rights for Formerly Incarcerated Students

                Fall 2016 R.04-4: Student Transit Passes

                Fall 2016 R.02.04-1: Student Trustee Voting Rights

                Fall 2016 R.02.04-2: Multi-district Student Representation

                Fall 2016 R.02.04-3: Mental Health First Aid Training

      Fall 2016 R.03.04-2: Food Insecurity Initiative at California Community  College Campuses        

                Fall 2016 R.03-2: Dreamers Priority Registration

                Fall 2016 R.03-3: Monthly Campus Safety Reports

                Fall 2016 R.03-2: Recreational Facilities for Health and Wellness

                Fall 2016 A.03.04-1: Establishment of Student Equity/Engagement Centers

                Fall 2016 A.01-1: Brown Act and Parliamentary Training

                Fall 2016 A.02.04-1: Civic Engagement

      Fall 2016 A.03.09-1: Increased Turnout and Accessibility of Student Government Elections          

                Fall 2016 A.01.02.03-1: Filipino American History Month

                Fall 2016 A.07-1: Bring Back Relevant Topics

                Fall 2016 A.02-1: Opportunities for Students from For-Profit Universities

                Fall 2016 A.03-1: Mass Shooting Action Plan

                Fall 2016 A.04-2: Intercampus Transportation        

                Fall 2016 A.04-3: Student Trustee Advisory Vote

                Fall 2016 A.03-1: Student Resource Pamphlet        

                Fall 2016 A.01.03-1: Student Right Disbursement

                Fall 2016 A.01-1: Support for DACA and DAPA        

                Fall 2016 A.02.03.04-3: Personal Hygiene Product Dispensers

 


Note from the SSCCC Executive Vice President

Student Leaders and Interested Parties,

 

Student Leaders and Interested Parties,

It is my distinct privilege to present to you the Active Resolution and Dispositions Packet for the Spring of 2017!

As with the Fall 2016 packet, we have broken the resolutions down by which resolves have been assigned to which committees. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this process, it means that, for resolutions which have more than one resolved, the resolved can be placed with a particular committee. This is in an effort to streamline the implementation of said resolutions. The tables for each committee that were created for the Fall 2016 packet have also been retained.

Our most major change with this Active Resolutions Packet is due to the adoption of the new Resolutions Procedures at Fall 2016 General Assembly. As a result of the adoption of the new procedures by the Delegate Assembly, resolutions now sunset six general assemblies after their adoption. This means all resolutions prior to Spring 2014 General Assembly have now been sunsetted.  However, this EVP has left them in the packet as “previously sunsetted resolutions” so that you may use them for inspiration for possible new resolutions. Please bear in mind that these resolutions are no longer in effect. All of the previously sunsetted resolutions have been italicized to better help separate them from those that are active and/or due to sunset after the next general assembly.

I want to leave you with a call to action. The SSCCC is a people-powered organization. Its elected Directors and Executives work their hearts out for you, the students of the California Community Colleges. In my life I have never met a group of individuals so collectively dedicated to service for others. However, we NEED you in order to make this organization stronger. Please contact your Regional Directors or anyone on the SSCCC Board of Directors to see how you can get involved. You truly can help make this organization of, by, and for the students, an even greater success.

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve you. It has been, and continues to be, one of the most humbling and fulfilling experiences of my life. Please feel free to reach out, should you have any questions.

I am here to serve you.

Sincerest Regards,

Lawrence E. Kelley

SSCCC Executive Vice President


Committee Chair Contact Information

Committee

Chair

Email

Executive

President Courtney Cooper

president@studentsenateccc.org

System Affairs

Vice President Mara Javines

vpsa@studentsenateccc.org

Regional Affairs

Vice President Dal Arambula

vpra@studentsenateccc.org

Legislative Affairs

Vice President Gerson Liahut

vpla@studentsenateccc.org

Finance

Vice President Philip Dailey

vpf@studentsenateccc.org

Communications

Vice President Errin Bass

vpc@studentsenateccc.org

Rules & Resolutions

 Executive Vice President

Lawrence Kelley

evp@studentsenateccc.org

Events

Director Jerry Sirotnak

events@studentsenateccc.org

Equitable Practices

Director Saleem Moinuddin

equitablepractices@studentsenateccc.org



Committee Resolution Dispositions

Executive Committee

Term

Resolution Number/Name

Resolved Assignments

S 2012

17.01 Amendments to the Budget and Accounting Manual

All

F 2012

12.01 Formal Training of Student Government Officers

1

F 2012

22.02 Student Equity and Equality (SEE) Act

All

F 2012

23.02  Resolutions Debate Time

All

S 2013

23.01 Anti-Revolving Door Policy in Hiring

All

F 2013

2.01 ACCJC Investigation

All

S 2014

15.03 Institutional Memory

All

S 2015

S 45 (F09 12.04) Transitional Training Requirements & Digitized Archive of Records for Student Government

All

F 2015

15- 25 Larry Itliong Day

1

S 2016

16-02 Parliamentarian Opinion

All

S 2016

16-01 Committee Regular Meeting Schedule

1

F 2016

A.01-1: Brown Act and Parliamentary Training

All

F 2016

A.01.02.03-1: Filipino American History Month

1

F 2016

A.01.03-1: Student Right Disbursement

All

F 2016

A.01-1: Support for DACA and DAPA

All

System Affairs Committee

Term

Resolution Number/Name

Resolved Assignments

F 2011

19.05 Students with Developmental Disabilities and Opportunities

1

F 2011

19.06  Misuse of Health Fees

All

S 2012

3.01 Pathway to Lift AB 540 Status

All

S 2012

3.02 SB 1440 Implementation Imperative to Students’ Futures

1

S 2012

3.03 S12 Board of Governors Membership

All

S 2012

8.01 Access to Federal Student Loans

All

S 2012

20.02 Additional Textbooks

All

F 2012

8.01 Responsibility in Financial Aid Disbursement

All

F 2012

20.01 Student Access and Academic Success

All

F 2012

22.01 Alternative to Online Courses

All

F 2012

22.02 Student Equity and Equality (SEE) Act

All

S 2013

14.01 Student Representation Fee Hidden Exemption

1

F 2013

2.01 ACCJC Investigation

All

F 2013

9.01 Student Trustee Privileges

All

F 2013

7.01 Mental Health Services for Trans* Identified Students

1

F 2013

7.02 Restroom and Changing Facilities Access Rights

2

F 2013

19.02 Promotion of Safe Sex Practices

All

F 2013

19.03 Public Safety Improvement

1

F 2013

20.02 Advocacy for Textbook Price Regulation

All

F 2013

21.01 Awareness and Advocacy for Veteran Resource Centers

2

F 2013

22.01 Support Open Educational Resources

1

F 2013

22.02 Syllabus Availability

All

S 2014

3.01 District Wide Official Transcript

All

S 2014

5.02 Statewide Sustainability Practices Initiative

All

S 2014

7.01 Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics

All

S 2014

7.02 CCCApply Gender Self ­Identification

1

S 2014

7.03 CCCApply Preferred Name Accommodation

1

S 2014

8.02 Cal Grant A and B Renewal Reforms

All

S 2014

9.01 Innovation of the CA Master Plan For Higher Education

All

S 2014

19.01 Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Resource Center

All

S 2014

24.03 CCC Reorganization Plan for Parking Facilities

All

S 2014

24.02 Improvement of Internet Access

2

F 2014

26.03 Sustainable Mental Health Services Programs

1

F 2014

27.04 Safe Place Implementation

All

F 2016

S.02.04.06.08-1: Students with Developmental Disabilities and Opportunities

1

F 2016

S.2.03-1: Misuse of Health Fees

All

F 2016

R.02.03-1: Resolution Harassment Policy Implementation

1

F 2016

R.02.03-2:  Non-Credit Student Leadership

1 & 3

F 2016

R.02-1: Increased Access to Resources on Campuses

All

F 2016

A.02.04-1: Civic Engagement

3

F 2016

A.01.02.03-1: Filipino American History Month

2

F 2016

A.02-1: Opportunities for Students from For-Profit Universities

All

F 2016

A.02.03.04-3: Personal Hygiene Product Dispensers

2

Regional Affairs Committee

Term

Resolution Number/Name

Resolved Assignments

F 2011

19.06 Misuse of Health Fees

All

S 2012

3.01 Pathway to Lift AB 540 Status

All

S 2012

3.02 SB 1440 Implementation Imperative to Students’ Futures

2

S 2012

8.01 Access to Federal Student Loans

All

S 2012

14.01 Board of Governors Fee Waiver Awareness

All

S 2012

24.02 Fall Commencement

All

F 2012

8.01 Responsibility in Financial Aid Disbursement

All

F 2012

19.02 Promotion of Safe Sex Practices

All

S 2013

6.01 Peer to Peer Counseling

2

S 2013

15.01 Polling Places at California Community Colleges

All

S 2013

17.02 Internal Funding

2

S 2013

19.01 Awareness and Advocacy for Mental Health Resources

All

S 2013

21.01 Awareness and Advocacy for Veteran Resource Centers

1

F 2013

7.02 Restroom and Changing Facilities Access Rights

1

F 2013

12.01 Campus Safety Procedures

All

F 2013

19.03 Public Safety Improvement

2,3

F 2013

20.01 Textbook Buyback

1

F 2013

21.01 Awareness and Advocacy for Veteran Resource Centers

1

F 2013

22.01 Support Open Educational Resources

2

S 2014

5.02 Statewide Sustainability Practices Initiative

2, 3, & 4

S 2014

7.02 CCCApply Gender Self ­Identification

2

S 2014

7.03 CCCApply Preferred Name Accommodation

2

S 2014

15.03 Institutional Memory

All

S 2014

19.02 Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Students Educational Support Services

2

S 2014

19.03 Women’s Restrooms Dispensaries

All

S 2014

19.04 Establishing a General Prayer/Meditation Area

All

F 2014

(Spring 2014) 15.02 Student Leader Transcript Notation

1

F 2014

27.02 Establishing an International Students’ Resource Center (ISRC)

All

S 2015

S12 (F07 17.03) Waste Mitigation

All

S 2015

S22 (F08 5.01) Sustainable Cafeteria Practices

All

S 2015

R2 Improve Sustainability with Composting and/or Mulching

All

S 2015

A1 Food Pantry Programs on California Community College Campuses

All

S 2015

A9 Required SB 967 “Yes Means Yes” Training for SSCCC Senators

2

F 2015

S9 (F07 13.01) Student Involvement

1

F 2015

S45 (F09 12.04) Transitional Training Requirements & Digitized Archive of Records for Student Government

All

F 2015

S55 (S10 24.02) Harvey Milk Day Recognition

All

F 2015

15-08 Fossil Fuel Divestment

2

F 2015

15-09 Ecological Sustainability Partnership

1

F 2015

15-13 Unit Cap

3

F 2015

15-23 Harnessing the Power of the 2.1

All

F 2015

15-25 Larry Itliong Day

2 & 3

F 2015

15-26 Undocumented Student Success

3

F 2015

15-29 Ensuring the Academic Success of California’s Homeless Youth

4

F 2015

15-31 Sustainability

2

F 2015

15-33 Scantron Vending Machines

All

F 2015

15-37 Administrative AS Support and Responsibilities

1 & 2

S 2016

16-03 Implementation of a Non-Denominational Meditation/Prayer Space

All

S 2016

16-05 Priority Registration for Student Government Officers

All

S 2016

16-07 Promotion of the Establishment of NAACP College Division Chapters

All

S 2016

16-09 Establishing Veteran Resource Centers (VRCs)

1 & 2

S 2016

16-10 Carpool Incentive

All

S 2016

16-11 Campus Safety Day

4

S 2016

16-14 District Student Trustee Rights and Privileges

All

S 2016

16-20 Nourishment Security for College Students

All

S 2016

16-21 ASO Ethics Training

All

F 2016

S02.03-1: Misuse of Health Fees

All

F 2016

R.03.04-1: Energy Mitigation

1 & 2

F 2016

R.02.03-1: Resolution Harassment Policy Implementation

2

F 2016

R.02.03-2:  Non-Credit Student Leadership

2 & 4

F 2016

R.03-1: Rail Fare College Student Discount

All

F 2016

R.02.04-1: Student Trustee Voting Rights

1

F 2016

R.02.04-2: Multi-district Student Representation

3

F 2016

R.02.04-3: Mental Health First Aid Training

1

F 2016

R.03-2: Dreamers Priority Registration

All

F 2016

R.03-3: Monthly Campus Safety Reports

All

F 2016

R.03-2: Recreational Facilities for Health and Wellness

All

F 2016

Fall 2016 A.03.04-1: Establishment of Student Equity/Engagement Centers

1, 2, & 4

F 2016

A.03.09-1: Increased Turnout and Accessibility of Student Government Elections

2

F 2016

A.01.02.03-1: Filipino American History Month

3

F 2016

A.03-1: Mass Shooting Action Plan

All

F 2016

A.03-1: Student Resource Pamphlet

All

F 2016

A.01.03-1: Student Right Disbursement

All

F 2016

A.02.03.04-3: Personal Hygiene Product Dispensers

1

Legislative Affairs Committee

Term

Resolution Number/Name

Resolved Assignments

F 2011

19.05 Students with Developmental Disabilities and Opportunities

1

S 2012

3.03 Board of Governors Membership

All

S 2012

24.01 University Enrollment Cuts

All

F 2012

19.01 Child Care Center Funding

All

S 2013

6.01 Peer to Peer Counseling

1

F 2013

7.01 Mental Health Services for Trans* Identified Students

2

F 2013

7.02 Restroom and Changing Facilities Access Rights

3

F 2013

9.01 Student Trustee Privileges

All

F 2013

19.01 Awareness and Advocacy for Mental Health Resources

All

F 2013

20.02 Advocacy for Textbook Price Regulation

All

F 2013

20.03 Tax-Free Textbooks

All

F 2013

22.02 Syllabus Availability

All

S 2014

3.01 District Wide Official Transcript

2

S 2014

5.01 The Green Technology Implementation Act

2

S 2014

8.01 Cal Grant A Award Reforms

All

S 2014

8.02 Cal Grant A and B Renewal Reforms

All

S 2014

9.01 Innovation of the CA Master Plan For Higher Education

All

S 2014

19.01 Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Resource Center

All

S 2014

24.02 Improvement of Internet Access

All

F 2014

26.03 Sustainable Mental Health Services Programs

All

F 2014

27.04 Safe Place Implementation

All

S 2015

S 12 (F07 17.03) Waste Mitigation

All

S 2015

A5 Increased Access to Financial Assistance for Self-Supporting Students

All

F 2015

15-02 Endorsement of the America's College Promise Act

All

F 2015

15-04 Expansion of funding of Post-Secondary Education for Foster Youth to all Community College Districts

All

F 2015

15-18 SSCCC Smoke Free & Tobacco Free Campuses

All

F 2015

15-22 Establishment of Undocumented Student Service Centers at Community Colleges that are Identified as Hispanic Serving Institutions

All

F 2015

15-23 Harnessing the Power of the 2.1

All

F 2015

15-29 Ensuring the Academic Success of California’s Homeless Youth

1, 2, & 3

F 2015

15-30 Heads Up College Promise

All

F 2015

15-32 Mental Health

All

F 2015

15-34 Gender Neutral Bathroom Implementation

All

F 2015

15-38 Baby Changing Stations and Family Restrooms

All

F 2015

15-39 California Student Aid Commission Representation

All

S 2016

16-06 Resolution to Support Paid Part-Time Faculty Office Hours

All

S 2016

16-08 Veterans Issues

4

S 2016

16-11 Campus Safety Day

1

S 2016

16-27 Funding for Technological Modernization

All

S 2016

16-28 AB 540 Reformation

All

F 2016

R.03.04-1: Energy Mitigation

3

F 2016

R.04-1: Water Bottle Refilling Stations

All

F 2016

R.04-2: Amtrak for Students

All

F 2016

R.04-3: Rights for Formerly Incarcerated Students

All

F 2016

R.04-4: Student Transit Passes

All

F 2016

R.02.04-1: Student Trustee Voting Rights

2

F 2016

R.02.04-2: Multi-district Student Representation

1 & 2

F 2016

R.02.04-3: Mental Health First Aid Training

2

F 2016

R.03.04-2: Food Insecurity Initiative at California Community College Campuses

1

F 2016

A.03.04-1: Establishment of Student Equity/Engagement Centers

3

F 2016

A.02.04-1: Civic Engagement

1, 2, & 4

F 2016

A.04-2: Intercampus Transportation

All

F 2016

A.04-3: Student Trustee Advisory Vote

All

F 2016

A.02.03.04-3: Personal Hygiene Product Dispensers

2

Finance Committee

Term

Resolution Number/Name

Resolved Assignments

S 2012

17.01 Amendments to the Budget and Accounting Manual

All

S 2013

14.01 Student Representation Fee Hidden Exemption

2

S 2013

17.02 Internal Funding

1

S 2014

23.01 ASO Budget Resource Database

All

F 2015

15-03 Improvement or Implementation of Student Learning Center

2

F 2015

15-37 Administrative AS Support and Responsibilities

3 & 4

S 2016

16-22 Affirmation Task Force

All

Communications Committee

Term

Resolution Number/Name

Resolved Assignments

S 2012

24.01 University Enrollment Cuts

All

S 2013

12.01 Formal Training of Student Government Officers

All

F 2013

21.02 SSCCC Centralized Online Resource for Veteran Students

All

F 2013

23.08  Status Report Update

3

S 2015

A1 Food Pantry Programs on California Community College Campuses

All

F 2015

15-09 Ecological Sustainability Partnership

2

S 2016

16-01 Committee Regular Meeting Schedule

2

F 2016

S.02.04.06.08-1: Students with Developmental Disabilities and Opportunities

2

Rules and Resolutions Committee  

Term

Resolution Number/Name

Resolved Assignments

S 2013

23.01 Academic Senate Resolutions Coalescence

All

S 2013

23.01 Anti-Revolving Door Policy in Hiring

All

F 2013

23.08 Status Report Update

1, 2, & 4

S 2014

5.02 Statewide Sustainability Practices Initiative

1

F 2015

15-06 Online and Distance Education Student Representation

All

S 2016

16-02 Parliamentarian Opinion

All

F 2016

A.07-1: Bring Back Relevant Topics

All

Events Committee  

Term

Resolution Number/Name

Resolved Assignments

S 2013

20.01 Textbook Buyback

2

S 2015

S 54 (S10 24.01) Halal Food Options

All

F 2015

15-09 Ecological Sustainability Partnership

3

S 2016

16-13 The General Assembly Fairness and Affordability Policy

All

F 2016

S.02.04.06.08-1: Students with Developmental Disabilities and Opportunities

2

Equitable Practices Committee  

Term

Resolution Number/Name

Resolved Assignments

F 2011

23.01 Equitable Access Committee

All

S 2013

20.01 Textbook Buyback

2

F 2013

7.01 Mental Health Services for Trans* Identified Students

All

F 2013

7.02 Restroom and Changing Facilities Access Rights

All

S 2014

5.01 The Green Technology Implementation Act

All

S 2014

7.01 Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics

All

S 2014

19.02 Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Students Educational Support Services

All

S 2015

S 24 (F08 7.01) Umoja Community

All

S 2015

S 54 (S10 24.01) Halal Food Options

All

S 2015

A1 Food Pantry Programs on California Community College Campuses

All

F 2015

F15-08: Fossil Fuel Divestment

4

F 2015

F15-09: Ecological Sustainability Partnership

3

F 2015

F15-10: Gender Expression Sensitivity Training

All

F 2015

F15-19: Multi-Stalled All-Gender Restrooms

All

F 2015

F15-20: Inclusive Language in California Education Code

3

F 2015

F15-34: Gender Neutral Bathroom Implementation

All

S 2015

S 55 (S10 24.02) Harvey Milk Day Recognition

All

S 2016

16-03 Implementation of a Non-Denominational Meditation/

Prayer Space

All

S 2016

16-07 Promotion of the Establishment of NAACP College Division Chapters

All

S 2016

16-17 Schools Safe Zone for Undocumented Students

All

S 2016

16-22 Affirmation Task Force

1, 3, & 4

F 2016

A.03.09-1: Increased Turnout and Accessibility of Student Government Elections

1



General Assemblies

Fall 2011

Fall 2011, 19.05 Students with Developmental Disabilities and Opportunities

Author: Shaine Johnson

Sponsor: American River College

Resolution Dispositions: 

Resolve 1: System Affairs Committee & Legislative Committee

Resolve 2: Communications Committee & Events Committee

Whereas, Of all students with disabilities, those with intellectual disabilities including, though not limited to,

Autism Spectrum Disorders have the poorest post-education outcomes;

Whereas, until recently, the option of attending college, particularly the opportunity to participate in typical

coursework, has not been available to high school students, especially those beyond the age of eighteen, have been limited to segregated life skills or community-based transition programs;

Whereas, In California, each community college campus has a DSPS office that provides services to students

with disabilities, yet for students with developmental disabilities these services are often inadequate to meet their needs; and

Whereas, Several colleges and districts, such as Taft College, Solano College, Sacramento City College and the

Los Angeles Community College District have developed outstanding programs for students with developmental disabilities;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for more educational

opportunities for students with developmental disabilities at the state level; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges disseminate information to local

student representative bodies at its General Assembly’s regarding postsecondary options for students with developmental disabilities as well as the unique challenges that this important student constituent group faces.

Fall 2011, 19.06 Misuse of Health Fees 

Author: Lacey Soto

Sponsor: Allan Hancock College

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee & Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Many districts split one policy for Student Accident Insurance between Health Services and the

Athletics Department;

Whereas, The Student Health Fee is being used to pay for Student Accident Insurance;

Whereas, The share of cost between Student Accident Insurance is not proportion to the usage of the

policies; and

Whereas, Education Code 76355 states the following about the student health fee: “Authorized expenditures

shall not include, among other things, athletic trainers' salaries, athletic insurance, medical supplies for athletics, physical examinations for intercollegiate athletics, ambulance services and the salaries of health professionals for athletic events, any deductible portion of accident claims filed for athletic team members, or any other expense that is not available to all students. No student shall be denied a service supported by student health fees on account of participation in athletic programs”;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for Community Colleges work with the Chancellor’s Office, Controller’s

Office, other relevant bodies and districts to investigate and identify districts violating the Education Code and section 54702 of Title V; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for Community Colleges work with the Chancellor's Office to urge

districts to correct misuse of the health fee to pay for the Athletic Department’s portion of the Student Accident Insurance.

Fall 2011, 23.01 Equitable Access Committee

Author: Kory Kevin Ryan

Sponsor: Santa Rosa Junior College

Resolution Dispositions: Equitable Practices Committee & Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, AB130 and AB131 (2011), otherwise known as the California Dream Act, which would allow

students who qualified for AB 540 (which allows undocumented students who complete at least three years of high school in California to attend community colleges as resident students, as well as a stipulation that all such students must begin the citizenship process) to apply and receive state financial aid was signed by Governor Brown on October 8, 2011, and will be reintroduced in the next legislative session;

Whereas, There is current advocacy working to have this legislation repealed next legislative session; and

Whereas, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges is mandated to retain access, ensure success,

represent and advocate for all community college students;

Resolved, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges form an ad-hoc committee to strongly

advocate against any type of repeal of the California Dream Act and support AB 540 students by lobbying legislators to urge for its preservation, provide letter-writing templates and e-mail form letters as well as provide education for awareness among students who may not be knowledgeable about this legislation.


Spring 2012

Spring 2012, 3.01 Pathway to Lift AB 540 Status 

Author: Antonio Maldonado

Sponsor: American River College

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee & Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Students who wish to lift their AB 540 status in order to forward their education goals and receive

educational benefits equal to other resident students must prove they have resided in California for a year;

Whereas, The methods allowed to prove completion of the one-year requirement include holding a driver’s

license or California identification card for a year of proof of employment for a year, but doesn‟t include methods such as providing a California high school diploma, GED or official transcripts (which is a requirement for AB 540 status); and

Whereas, The inability to achieve residency may drastically impede on the academic success of AB 540 and

other non-resident students;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate that alternative methods to

prove the one-year requirement be implemented for students seeking to lift their AB 540 status;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for a simple pathway to lift

an AB 540 status; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, per Resolution F10 6.01 (“Counseling

AB 540 Students”) urge campuses that current information on lifting their AB 540 status be provided in their student handbook.

Spring 2012, 3.02 SB 1440 Implementation Imperative to Students’ Futures 

Author: Yui Fan

Sponsor: Los Angeles Harbor College

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: System Affairs Committee

        Resolve 2: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Senate Bill (SB) 1440, the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (STAR Act) by Senator Alex

Padilla was passed in 2010 by the California Assembly and Senate and ultimately signed by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger becoming effective in Fall 2011 and states: “[SB 1440] will allow students a simplified and well defined path for transferring from a California Community College to the [California State University] (CSU)”;

Whereas, Possibly as of Spring 2013, eight CSU campuses will accept applications only for community college

transfer students who complete the Associates Degree for Transfer which was made possible by SB 1440;

Whereas, The Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) of eighteen majors has been created and approved for the

Associate of Art and the Associate of Science Transfer degree; and

Whereas, Many of the California Community Colleges do not have approved agreements with the CSUs for

the eighteen TMC approved AA-T and AS-T degree. Therefore, California Community College students will not be able to transfer to a CSU unless their college obtains the AA-T and AS-T agreement with the CSUs;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges take measures to urge colleges to

inform all students of this policy change and the limitations of their transfer opportunities if colleges do not meet new policy mandate; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges urge all local associated student

organizations to work with their respective Academic Senates to attain of agreements with the CSU system for all approved majors with AA-T and AS-T degrees.

Spring 2012, 3.03 Board of Governors Membership

Author: James Varble

Sponsor: Modesto Junior College

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs & Legislative Affairs

Whereas, There is a significant need for greater collaboration with the K-12 system to develop common

standards, as recognized by the Student Success Task force Recommendation Area 5;

Whereas, The Governor of California, the Lieutenant Governor of California, the Speaker of the California

State Assembly, and the California Superintendent of Public Instruction are ex-officio members of the University of California Board of Regents and the California State University Board of Trustees, but not of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors;

Whereas, The four state officials mentioned above play significant roles in the development of policy and

allocation of funding to higher education; and

Whereas, There is a demonstrable need for greater communication and integration among all segments of

California education as well greater structural standardization among the segments of California higher education;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges identifies a legislator to sponsor

legislation to amend the California Education Code to designate the Governor of California, the Lieutenant Governor of California, the Speaker of the California State Assembly, and the California Superintendent of Public Instruction as ex-officio voting members of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.  

Spring 2012, 8.01 Access to Federal Student Loans 

Author: Emily Kinner

Sponsor: De Anza College

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee & Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, California Community College students‟ total costs of attendance can exceed $17,000 even with

comparatively low fees;

Whereas, For students who need to borrow, federal student loans are the safest and most affordable form of

borrowing with consumer protections and benefits including fixed interest rates, Income-Based Repayment, and Public Service Loan Forgiveness;

Whereas, A growing number of California Community Colleges enrolling more than 200,000 students choose

not to make federal student loans available to any of their students; and

Whereas, Without access to federal student loans students may instead turn to riskier forms of debt like credit

cards or private loans, or work excessive hours to cover college costs;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for financial aid that supports

college access and success;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges affirm that students deserve a full

range of choices when it comes to making decisions about how to finance college; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges urges all California Community

Colleges to make federal student loans available to their students by participating in the federal student loan program.

Spring 2012, 14.01 Board of Governors Fee Waiver Awareness

Author: Angela Miller

Sponsor: Sacramento City College

Resolution Dispositions: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Although over 900,000 students currently receive assistance through the Board of Governors Fee

Waiver (BOGFW), many students are unaware of all the types of financial assistance that may be

available to them;

Whereas, The application for the BOGFW and the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are

separate applications;

Whereas, It would be convenient for current and incoming students to be provided a link for the BOGFW to

be included in the FAFSA application, either as its own application or as part of the FAFSA application; and

Whereas, AB 91 introduced by Assemblymember Portantino on January 10th , 2011 addressed the need to

include the BOGFW on the FAFSA application but was vetoed by Governor Brown;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges urges local senates to work with their

financial aid offices to include a link to information about the BOGFW applicationon their campus web page or homepage

Spring 2012, 17.01 Amendments to the Budget and Accounting Manual

Sponsor: Student Senate Council

Resolution Dispositions: Finance Committee & Executive Committee

Whereas, California Education Code Section 70901(b)(12) provides that the Board of Governors of the

California Community Colleges shall "be solely responsible for establishing, maintaining, revising, and updating, as necessary, the uniform budgeting and accounting structures and procedures for the California Community Colleges" (http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgibin/displaycode?section=edc&group=70001-71000&file=70900-70902);

Whereas, The Board of Governors has adopted a California Community Colleges Budget and Accounting

Manual, 2000 Edition, "in accordance with Education Code Section 70901 for required use by California Community Colleges" (http://www.cccco.edu/Portals/4/CFFP/Fiscal/Standards/bam/Budget_and_Acco unting_Manual_(BAM)_2000.pdf);

Whereas, Section "71 Associated Students Trust Fund" of Chapter 2 of the California Community Colleges

Budget and Accounting Manual reads, in part, "To provide information useful for the general student population, it is important to include the operations of the Associated Students activities in the district’s financial statements. By including this information, the student body can measure the operations of its Associated Students Trust Fund and compare its operations with similar activities of other districts" (page 2.35); and

Whereas, Each community college district's financial statements should include information about a

community college district's Student Representation Fee Trust Fund that is "useful for the general student population";

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges does hereby request that the Board of

Governors of the California Community Colleges amend section "72 Student Representation Fee Trust Fund" of Chapter 2 of the California Community Colleges Budget and Accounting Manual to provide that a community college district's financial statements shall include beginning and ending Student Representation Fee Trust Fund balances and may also include other information about the Fund that is useful for the general student population, such as interest earned and transaction totals listed by significant categories.

Spring 2012, 20.02 Additional Textbooks

Author: Nehasi Lee

Sponsor: El Camino College Compton Educational Center

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee

Whereas, Educational textbooks have been determined by those who use them to be exorbitantly high and

possibly unaffordable for most;

Whereas, Those who teach students can make textbook selection choices related to the cost of textbooks they

choose to use for their instruction instead of the purported intellectual quality content;

Whereas, Textbook companies who set the price for textbooks students are expected to use recognizing their

culpability make it possible for textbook ordering faculty to secure two free copies of textbooks used for instruction; and

Whereas, The typical textbook ordering faculty does not take advantage of an opportunity to ameliorate the

angst of students unable to afford required class textbooks by securing the additional free textbook at the time of textbook order placement and providing it to their campus library for reserved desk utilization;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges engages the Academic Senate for

California Community Colleges in discussion encouraging California Community College faculty to take advantage of textbook company offers to provide a second classroom instructional textbook, for that faculty member, at no additional cost to the California taxpayer and their education seeking offspring for donation with textbook providers name internally affixed to the campus library for reserved desk library use; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges provides formal recognition of every

faculty member assisting the student population by acquiring one book that helps students on campus succeed.

Spring 2012, 24.01 University Enrollment Cuts 

Author: Candy Arias

Sponsor: Southwestern College

Resolution Dispositions: Communication Committee & Legislative Committee

Whereas, As a result of the current budget crisis in California, community college students throughout the

state are facing significant increasing reductions in programs, services, and enrollment necessary for students‟ access and success;

Whereas, The California State University system plans to limit enrollment to community college students due

to the increasing reduction of state funding toward higher education starting in the 2013-2014 academic year; and

Whereas, Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget with further cut $5.2 billion in public school funding,

including an estimated $200 million loss of funding to each of the University of California and California State University systems, in addition to the $750 million in cuts already made this year and another $4.8 billion discontinued to K-12 education and community colleges;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges provides awareness through the

Listserv and social networks including Facebook and Twitter regarding any information as it pertains to the increasing university cuts and encouraging students, faculty, administrators, families, friends, and associates to join the SSCCC Listserv, Facebook, and Twitter accounts in an effort to remain updated on continued enrollment reductions;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges urge everyone through Listserv,

Facebook, and Twitter to contact local representatives and tell them about the impact and importance these financial limitations will have on our future not only as individuals, but as per the overall success of the nation if access to education continues to be reduced; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges on behalf of the 2.6 million

community college students it represents, mail a formal letter expressing student discontent with the proposed university enrollment cuts, the detrimental effects that will result from this decision, and requesting the continued support of student interest.

Spring 2012, 24.02 Fall Commencement

Author: Angela Miller

Sponsor: Sacramento City College

Resolution Dispositions: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Most California Community Colleges do not offer a fall commencement ceremony;

Whereas, Students who graduate in the fall would like to “walk”/participate in a celebratory fashion that

resembles the spring commencement, and invite members of their families to attend; and

Whereas, Some students who graduate in the fall will transfer to a four-year institution and may not be

available to participate in the spring commencement ceremony;

Resolved, That the Student Senate of California Community Colleges encourage the local associated student

organizations of each California Community College to host a semi-formal fall commencement ceremony that resembles the type of celebratory fashion as the spring commencement ceremony;

Resolved, That the Student Senate of California Community Colleges encourage each California Community

College to set forth commencement application limits so that a yearly average can be determined to provide that future events are financially compatible;

Resolved, That the Student Senate of California Community Colleges suggest each local associated student

organization of the California Community Colleges to sell tickets to all family members interested in attending the fall commencement ceremony in order to offset the costs; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate of California Community College urge the local associated student

organizations of the California Community Colleges work with their advisors, faculty, staff, and administrators to arrange a fall commencement ceremony.


Fall 2012

Fall 2012, 8.01 Responsibility in Financial Aid Disbursement

Author: Mister Searcy

Sponsor: West Los Angeles College

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee & Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Higher One is a banking company which colleges may elect to use to disburse financial aid to

students and is commonly opted for by students because of the shorter wait for deposits;

Whereas, In the last few months, the company has been sued for unfair and deceptive practices, including

opening bank accounts for students without their authorization, and charging high fees for use of the account (McFall v. Higher One Holdings et al. and Price v. Higher One Holdings et al.);

Whereas, Students are often not made aware of the Higher One debit card fees associated with the account

until they are well into the process of approving the account; and

Whereas, Private corporations such as Higher One are taking advantage of public funds that are needed by

students in order to help them in their pursuit of higher education;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges work with local associated students

organizations to look at the full impact of Higher One, identify which districts use it, and present a report by the Fall 2013 General Assembly.

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges urge districts to fully investigate

banking companies such as Higher One, including their fees, disclosures, and legal history, prior to contracting them, and that district ensure all students receiving financial aid be given information up front prior to allowing students to opt into the program (including fees, accessibility of ATMs, and the pros and cons of all financial aid disbursement options);

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California community Colleges advocate that college districts only use

trusted companies; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges research into alternative businesses in

order disburse financial aid through debit cards with the possibility of no fees on students.

Fall 2012, 19.01 Child Care Center Funding 

Author: Randy Gamez

Sponsor: Los Angeles Mission College

Resolution Dispositions: Legislative Affairs

Whereas, State funding for the child care centers in California Community Colleges have received devastating

budget cuts to the extent that ninety-eight child care centers of our California Community Colleges will close;

Whereas, Cuts to child care centers in California Community Colleges will effectively destroy the ability for

low income students who are parents to receive their education that would have inevitably led them self-sufficiency; and

Whereas, Closing child care centers will eliminate the primary vocational training necessary for students who

are receiving degrees in child care services in California;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges write letter to all California legislators

and Governor Jerry Brown denouncing the cuts to our child care centers and urging them to fully fund our child care centers in all California Community Colleges; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community College launch recall campaigns against any

California legislator and the Governor if they refuse to fully fund our child care centers in all California Community Colleges.

Fall 2012, 19.02 Promotion of Safe Sex Practices 

Author: Alexander Neofitidis

Sponsor: Grossmont College

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee & Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges supports the improvement of student

access within the one-hundred and twelve California Community Colleges;

Whereas, Students are not being given access to the support of pregnancy and 8 sexually-transmitted

infection

(STI) prevention materials or supplies;

Whereas, A portion of the student health fee should be allocated towards providing pregnancy and STI

prevention/screening tests; and

Whereas, There are agencies throughout California that provide free or low cost STI and pregnancy

prevention/testing and supplies;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges promotes the distribution of condoms,

lubrication, and pregnancy testing at the health service centers that operate on the campuses of the system;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges also urges service centers to provide

free (or low cost) pregnancy testing;  

Fall 2012, 23.02 Resolutions Debate Time 

Author: Simon Fraser

Sponsor: Pasadena City College

Resolution Dispositions: Executive Committee

Whereas, The purpose of the General Assembly of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges is

to consider, debate, and further vote on resolutions brought before the delegates in order to adopt policy, advocacy positions, and amendments for the SSCCC as a whole;

Whereas, Substantive debate on the merits, both pro and con, of each resolution is imperative for delegates to

make the most informed and considered decision when voting; and

Whereas, Time for debate on the merits of a resolution is frequently expended on matters of procedure and

not on the resolution itself;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges set a standard fifteen minute time limit

for consideration of any single resolution at the General Assembly;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges apportion ten minutes of the said

fifteen for pro and con debate on the merits of the resolution, and five minutes of the said fifteen to parliamentary matters including, but not limited to, subsidiary, incidental and privileged motions, excluding points of order raised during pro and con debates;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges ensure that any time spent on

parliamentary matters be deducted from the total time allotted for those matters and, similarly, time spent on resolution debate be deducted from the total time allotted for debate on the merits; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges ensure that any action approved by the

General Assembly to limit the time for debate at a number other than fifteen minutes require that two-thirds of the new time limit be apportioned to resolution debate and that the remaining one-third of time be apportioned to parliamentary matters.


Spring 2013

Spring 2013, 6.01 Peer to Peer Counseling  

Author: Annaly Medrano

Sponsor: Crafton Hills College

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: Legislative Affairs Committee

        Resolve 2: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, The Student Success Task Force created by SB 1143, Chapter 409 of the Statutes of 2010, proposed

twenty-two different recommendations regarding the California Community Colleges. Recommendation 2.2 states, in part, “…requires students to participate in diagnostic orientation and development of an educational plan” by 2014. The Student Senate supported this in Fall 2011;

Whereas, Retention, success, and persistence of students is directly correlated by their contact with a

counselor and their creation of an educational plan. Students who fail to meet with a counselor and establish an educational goal are unprepared, causing their time in college to lengthen or possible drop out;

Whereas, The Student Success and Support Program, formerly known as Matriculation, has decreased by 52%

from $101,893,000 in 2007-2008 to $49,183,000 in 2012-2013; and

Whereas, California has the highest ratio of student per counselor ratio in the United States, from 800 to one

to more than 1800 per one student in the California Community Colleges;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocates for an increase in funding

for matriculation by collaborating with a lawmaker to sponsor legislation to increase funds for hiring additional counselors and providing additional services to improve student success; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourages all California Community

Colleges to explore the advantages of implementing a peer to peer counseling program on their respective campuses to create an additional support network for underserved and struggling students who have a decreased access to counselors.

Spring 2013, 12.01 Formal Training of Student Government Officers

Author: Mister Searcy

Sponsor: West Los Angeles College

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: Executive Committee

        Resolves 2 & 3: Communications

Whereas, A member of a local associated student organization is elected by students to promote student life

on their respective campuses, and to be advocates at the college, district, and state level;

Whereas, Within many of the local associated student organizations in California, the presiding officers do

not go through formal training such in parliamentary procedures, notable state laws and policies, and other universal facets;

Whereas, A local associated student organizations and its constituents may suffer from the lack of training

and knowledge; and

Whereas, Conferences such as the General Assembly may help prepare students, but is not always an option

and may not be personal or intensive enough to give students all the information they need;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges compiles a guide to universal issues

and practices local senates should be informed of, including state laws and proposals, basics for parliamentary procedure and the Brown Act, statewide resources, information about the Student Representation Fee and other legally allowed student fees, and any other relevant material;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges disseminates a digital copy of the guide

to every college to the local senate President or, if applicable, an appropriate administrator of campus life or student government, and that the guide be posted on the Student Senate Website and any other website or directory deemed appropriate; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges shall update the delegates on the status

of this program at the Fall 2013 General Assembly, and begin disseminating a finished product no later than Spring 2014 General Assembly.

Spring 2013, 15.01 Polling Places at California Community Colleges 

Author: Quierra Robey

Sponsor: American River Community College

Resolution Dispositions: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, One of the purposes of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges in its Constitution

(Article 2) is advocacy—engaging in strategic advocacy efforts outside of the California Community College system to bolster both public and legislative support for the community colleges;

Whereas, The community college system has some of the best student advocates in the state; however,

advocacy is only harder with low youth turnout in elections;

Whereas, Exit polling according to Cable News Network (CNN) showed voters age 18-29 made up 28

percent of the electorate in California, matching or beating every other age group except for the 45 to 64-year-old bracket in the overwhelming success of Proposition 30 in 2012; and

Whereas, Youth voter turnout increased with Proposition 30 due to advocacy and easier means to actually

vote (such as online registration); with more creative means to vote such as community college polling places we would only strengthen our future endeavors more when standing up for affordable higher education;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges investigate which California

Community Colleges are potential polling place locations.

Spring 2013, 17.02 Internal Funding 

Author: Modesto Razo

Sponsor: Crafton Hills College

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: Finance Committee

        Resolve 2: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges, consisting of one-hundred twelve

California Community Colleges, currently advocates for 2.3 million students through work coordinated both by the Student Senate Council and by the ten regions as arms of the organization;

Whereas, The Student Senate has limited resources to operate within each fiscal year and has seen a decrease

of funds provided by the state;

Whereas, The financial cost of student advocacy continues to rise as the necessary scope of student advocacy

broadens, with a buildup of various travel, room and board expenses; and a student-funded Student Senate will inherently be more representative of the student voice; and

Whereas, Resolution F08 17.01 asks local associated student organizations to provide an annual monetary

donation to the Student Senate;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourages the funding designated to

advocacy be used to do any of the following: support Student Senate work either by the Student Senate Council or by the regions, in kind or monetarily, or to fund participation in coordinated advocacy work; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges continues to encourage local

associated student organizations to regularly aid their local regions and the Student Senate Council by donating to the organizations whenever feasible.

Spring 2013, 19.01 Awareness and Advocacy for Mental Health Resources 

Author: Timothy Lipuma

Sponsor: American River College

Resolution Dispositions: Regional Affairs Committee & Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, Approximately 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older have a diagnosable mental disorder,

with mental disorders being the leading cause of disability in the US (National Institute for Mental Health);

Whereas, An estimated 2.2 million college students seek mental health services, and that only 11.3% of

colleges with a student body population over 15,000 did not have on-campus psychiatric services— despite 89.8% of the same schools reporting an increase of crisis issues needing immediate response compared to 5 years ago (National Survey of Counseling Center Directors 2012 survey); and

Whereas, In a 2011 analysis of 157 four year college institutions composing of 1,361,304 students, suicide was

the leading cause of death in college students ages 18-24 (James C. Turner, MD, University of Virginia, Department of Student Health);

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourages colleges to advocate for

the creation of permanent institutional changes on their college campuses through their proper channels, which includes, but is not limited to; college administration, student government, and general advocacy;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocates for on-site medical and

mental health services and facilities, which includes, but are not limited to crisis counseling, nurses, psychiatrists, wellness centers, and other important triage medical & mental health services and other beneficial resources to students on their campuses; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges affirms the need of a continual

conversation and assessment of the mental health of college students.

Spring 2013, 20.01 Student Access and Academic Success 

Author: Laura Del Castillo

Sponsor: Southwestern College

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee

Whereas, The acquisition and usage of textbooks is an essential and integral aspect of college life;

Whereas, The cost of course material, including textbooks, continues to rise, causing many students statewide

to struggle to purchase textbooks or to have insufficient funds to purchase the required course material, especially with the increased usage of interactive textbooks, textbooks utilizing one-time access codes, and specialized textbook bundles that make them ineligible for resale and inconvenient for campus-wide textbook rental programs; and

Whereas, A more stable and systematic procedure for acquiring and updating textbook editions would allow

students the opportunity to resell and/ or get refunded for their used textbooks as well as paving the way for campus textbook rental programs to amass a greater selection of textbooks, thus aiding in student access and academic success;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges supports California Community

Colleges faculty who self-impose, whenever possible, a three year cap minimum for upgrading textbook editions for subject material and discourage the use of one-time access or interactive course material in order to facilitate increased availability and stability in the acquisition of textbooks for campus rental programs and to allow students to be able to resell or buy used textbooks, providing students the opportunity to save money or reinvest in new books;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges supports that California Community

Colleges encourage a more conscientious use of textbook bundles and increase the availability of online textbooks at their campus bookstores so as to provide an increase in available options for the acquisition of course material;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges urges California Community Colleges

faculty to, whenever possible, prioritize using online educational resources to facilitate the acquisition of course material as well as alleviate some financial burden from students; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges ensures that the above statements are

administered through a formal written statement providing facts and information to all California Community Colleges.

Spring 2013, 22.01 Alternative to Online Courses

Author: Aaron Steinbach

Sponsor: American River College

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee

Whereas, A hybrid course is a course that combines elements of face-to-face instruction with elements of

distance teaching allowing students to first meet new information, concepts and procedures outside the classroom before the class physically meets encouraging more in-depth processing activities;

Whereas, An online course is an instructional strategy in which the learners are geographically separated from

the instructor, and the instruction is delivered through the computer and may lead to asynchronous communication making it not ideal for everyone, thus it requires a student with the appropriate learning styles and social commitments and technical competencies to succeed;

Whereas, Human memory typically works best when more than one type of learning is engaged, hear, read,

and is involved with the material, online courses address support for students at the instructional level instead of the institutional level making the students feel as if they are not part of the class, thus delays support especially with those with disabilities; and

Whereas, Online courses are not ideal for every-one and students with disabilities have found online courses

to be beneficial as well as difficult and all deserve the opportunity for an alternative to online courses that can be offered as a traditional and/or hybrid to personalizes instruction, minimizes frustration, and encourages persistence, thus leading to better learning and success;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges stresses the importance of having at

least one mandatory traditional or hybrid course offered for California Community Colleges students as an alternative to that of only having online courses being offered for any given course.

Spring 2013, 22.02 Student Equity and Equality (SEE) Act 

Author: Sill Ro (Sam) Park

Sponsor: Diablo Valley College

Resolution Dispositions: Executive Committee & System Affairs Committee

Whereas, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges, which advocates and defends all of its 2.3

million students the opportunity to be treated with equality, equity, and have access to an affordable education without discrimination toward any population;

Whereas, The California Community College Board of Governors adopted the Student Success Task Force

Recommendations and subsequent Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act as part of the implementation process, numerous reforms were enacted to incentivize students to declare academic and career goals, which the Governor’s budget proposal undermines and disregards the reforms of the Student Success Task Force Recommendations – namely the 90-unit cap;

Whereas, The Governor’s budget proposal would disproportionately impact historically underserved

constituents such as Latino and African Americans, students with disabilities, and students from low income backgrounds who may struggle with academic progress will be at risk of being eliminated the from the Community College system by filtering out students due to the limited access to counseling and other support services and programs; and

Whereas, California's economy is in need of students in academic programs that have high unit counts that

exceed 90 units - namely the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics fields, would disenfranchise students who change their majors and/or those who re-enter the community college system, which further creates a gap of inequality between affluent and non-affluent students - a two tier system that creates a division between those who cannot afford to pay, and those able to afford to pay the unsubsidized rate will remain in the system;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges direct its leadership to engage with the

State of California, the California Community College Board of Governors, and the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges to protect the promise of California’s higher education to its students.

Spring 2013, 23.01 Academic Senate Resolutions Coalescence 

Author: Nehasi Lee

Sponsor: El Camino College, Compton Educational Center

Resolution Dispositions: Rules and Resolutions Committee

Whereas, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges has decided to conduct the business of its

associated student organizations through the resolutions process developed and passed at either Fall or Spring General Assembly, it seems necessary to direct how the Student Senate accomplishes the intent, directives, or concerns of the Student Senate constituency;

Whereas, According to the Student Senate website, the organization has been receiving resolutions from

Student Senate constituents since the spring of 2006, resulting in a total of sixty-two pages of resolutions (as of July 2012), of which forty-one pages are uncompleted;

Whereas, In order for California Community Colleges student resolutions to receive proper attention they

must receive buy-in from the other California Community College constituency groups (administrators, faculty, and staff), most specifically the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges; and

Whereas, The Student Senate Council has representatives that are supposed to represent California

Community College student interests and concerns as expressed through their approved resolutions from their General Assemblies on the following Academic Senate standing committees: Executive Committee; Curriculum Committee; Governance and Internal Policy Committee; Standards, Equity, Access, and Practices Committee;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges assembles the sixty-two pages of

resolutions by categories (through the work of corresponding standing committees) of Academic Senate Committees (Executive; Curriculum; Governance and Internal Policy; and Standards, Equity, Access, and Practices), and with the help of the duly designated standing committee representatives, prioritize and determine a responsible timetable for presentation to the Academic Senate committees; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges direct its representatives to the

Academic Senate for California Community College to take the resolutions of the students of the California Community Colleges by category to the Academic Senate for discussion and possible buy-in for positive assistive representation before the California Community College Consultation Council and the California Community College Board of Governor regarding the intent, directives, or concerns of the students of the California Community Colleges.



Fall 2013

Fall 2013, 2.01 ACCJC Investigation

Author: Amanda Monroy & Evelyn Blanco

Sponsor: Victor Valley Community College

Resolution Dispositions: Executive Committee & System Affairs Committee

Whereas, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) ordered an audit of the Accrediting Commission for

Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) on August 21st 2013. Whereas, the San Francisco City Attorney filed a lawsuit against the ACCJC on August 22nd 2013 (AFT 2121).

Whereas, the Department of Education cited in an August 13th 2013 Letter to ACCJC President Barbara A.

Beno that the ACCJC is out of compliance in the following sections of the Secretary’s Criteria for Recognition: 34 C.F.R. §§602.15(a)(3), 602.15(a)(6), 602.18(e), and 602.20(a). Whereas, as of January 2012, twenty-eight community colleges are on some form of sanction from the ACCJC, this number represents 25% of the 112 California community colleges.

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocates a recurring investigation of

ACCJC practices.

Fall 2013, 7.01 Mental Health Services for Trans* Identified Students

Author: Brennan Gonering

Sponsor: Riverside City College

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: System Affairs Committee & Equitable Practices Committee

        Resolve 2: Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, trans*-identified individuals face unique mental health challenges, in addition to widespread

discrimination and harassment, which have contributed to a lifetime suicide attempt rate of forty-one percent (41%) among American individuals who identify as transgender, as found by the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (2010) conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force;

Whereas, trans*-identified individuals between the ages of 18 to 24 are particularly susceptible to mental

health issues, including depression and anxiety, that may lead to suicide or other self-injurious behaviors;

Whereas, specialized gender identity therapists who abide by the Standards of Care set by the World

Professional Association for Transgender Health are uniquely trained and skilled in addressing the mental health needs of trans*-identified individuals; and

Whereas, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges is committed to promoting and advancing

the rights and equity of all groups – as represented by the Equity and Diversity Committee and the adoption of resolutions 7.01 F09, “Equity for All Policy”, 7.02 F09, “LGBT Anti-Harassment Policy”, and 7.04 F09, “Gender Identity Equality” – as well as to ensuring the health and safety of all students at each of California's community colleges;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges shall advocate and encourage that

community colleges research and implement gender identity training programs for at least one of any current counselors conducting therapy sessions at, or through, a community college; and

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges shall advocate for an amendment to

California Education Code, Title 3, Division 7, Part 45, Chapter 1, Article 2 similar to Assembly Bill 1266 (2013), which will codify into state law the right of all students in California's community colleges to utilize on-campus restrooms and changing facilities that correspond with their gender identification.

Fall 2013, 7.02 Restroom and Changing Facilities Access Rights 

Author: Brennan Gonering

Sponsor: Riverside City College

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolution: Equitable Practices Committee

Resolve 1: Regional Affairs Committee

Resolve 2: System Affairs Committee

        Resolve 3: Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, trans*-identified individuals face significant and widespread abuse, assault, discrimination,

harassment, intimidation, and other forms of physical and verbal violence in utilizing restrooms and changing facilities that correspond with their gender identification;

Whereas, California Education Code, Title 3, Division 7, Part 45, Chapter 1, Article 2 encodes the right for all

community college students to access the services, classes, and programs offered by each community college district, regardless of gender, gender identity, and gender presentation, but does not extend this right to the restrooms or changing facilities of each district;

Whereas, the Pupil Rights: Sex-Segregated School Programs and Facilities Act (2013) amended Section 221.5

of the California Education Code to ensure and protect the right of students in elementary and secondary school to utilize school restrooms and changing facilities that correspond with their gender identification; and

Whereas, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges is committed to promoting and advancing

the rights, equity, and safety of all students, as represented by the Equity and Diversity Committee, as well as the adoption of resolutions 7.01 F09, “Equity for All Policy”, 7.02 F09, “LGBT Anti-Harassment Policy”, and 7.04 F09, “Gender Identity Equality”;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges shall encourage each community

college to establish policies which ensure and protect the right of all students to utilize on-campus restrooms and changing facilities that correspond with their gender identification, and the right to be free from abuse, assault, discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and other forms of physical and verbal violence while doing so;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges shall advocate and encourage that the

number of student-accessible unisex restrooms and changing facilities be increased at each California community college campus; and

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges shall advocate for an amendment to

California Education Code, Title 3, Division 7, Part 45, Chapter 1, Article 2 similar to Assembly Bill 1266 (2013), which will codify into state law the right of all students in California's community colleges to utilize on-campus restrooms and changing facilities that correspond with their gender identification.

Fall 2013, 12.01 Campus Safety Procedures

Author: Taylor Valmores

Sponsor: Sacramento City College

Resolution Dispositions: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, so far there have been thirteen (13) shootings on or adjacent to college campuses in 2013 alone;

Whereas, as student representatives we have an obligation to make certain that our campuses take every

precaution for the safety of our students;

Whereas, in light of recent tragedies it is of critical importance that we recognize that there is an epidemic of

violence taking place in our centers of learning;

Whereas, simple preparation and procedures for these crises can save lives;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges urge local ASOs to create a committee

to look into campus safety protocols and procedures in case of emergencies;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourage these local ASO committees

to disseminate a public report of campus protocols and procedures to share with their constituent students; and

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges urge these local ASO committees to

form a report of campus protocols and procedures to share with the other ASOs of the California Community Colleges system in order to heighten awareness, recognize faults and create an opportunity to implement changes if need be.

Fall 2013, (Spring 2013) 14.01 Student Representation Fee Hidden Exemption

Author: Quierra Robey

Sponsor: American River College

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: System Affairs Committee

        Resolve 2: Finance Committee

Whereas, Education Code §76060.5 states the following: “A student may, for religious, political, financial, or

moral reasons, refuse to pay the student representation fee established under this section.”;

Whereas, a hidden exemption was found in the Los Rios Community College District for Board of

Governors Fee Waiver eligible students where they were neither required nor able to pay the Student Representation Fee due to a mistake in 2002 establishing the Board of Governors Fee Waiver as an automatic exemption due to financial reasons to opt out;

Whereas, every rightful dollar lost is rightful representation lost to our constituents;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges requests a legal opinion from the

California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office pertaining to the legal right for districts within California to authorize an exemption without the vote of the student body; and

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges investigates which colleges have a

hidden exemption for Board of Governors Fee Waiver eligible students where they are neither required nor able to pay the Student Representation Fee due to an automatic financial exemption.

Fall 2013, 19.02 Promotion of Safe Sex Practices

Author: Esau Cortez

Sponsor: Grossmont College

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee

Whereas, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges support the improvement of student access

within the 112 California Community Colleges;

Whereas, students are not being given access to the support of Pregnancy & STD prevention materials or

supplies;

Whereas, a portion of the student health fee should be allocated towards providing Pregnancy & STD

prevention/screening tests;

Whereas, there are agencies throughout the State of California that provide free or low cost STD &

Pregnancy prevention/testing and supplies;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges support access to sexual health

resources for the 2.4 million constituents they serve;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges promotes the distribution of condoms,

lubrication, and pregnancy testing at the health service centers that operate on the campuses of the 112 California Community Colleges;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges also urge the 112 health service centers

to provide free (or low cost) Pregnancy testing; and

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges assist the colleges to provide these free

to low cost services to students.

Fall 2013, 19.03 Public Safety Improvement

Author: Donovan Hamsher

Sponsor: Allan Hancock College

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: System Affairs Committee

        Resolve 2 & 3: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, individual student safety is a key component to a positive learning environment.

Whereas, in the last year, San Jose City College, Fresno City College, Santa Barbara City College, Santa

Monica College and many more have had instances that jeopardize student safety on their individual campuses;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges pursue collaboration efforts with

system partners to work towards a solution to providing safer learning environments;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges disseminate a survey to local ASOs to

measure campus safety for students; and

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges urge the College Districts to develop

volunteer peacekeeper programs to be trained in the following categories: I. Mental Health Situations II. Disaster Relief III. School Shooting IV. Mass Casualties V. College Bombing/Terror

Fall 2013,  (Spring 2013) 20.01 Textbook Buyback

Author: Mister Searcy

Sponsor: Los Angeles College

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: Regional Affairs Committee

        Resolve 2: Events Committee & Equitable Practices Committee

Whereas, students who purchase their textbooks often look to resell them at the end of the term;

Whereas, typically a student will receive only a fraction of what they originally paid for the book, even if it is

brand new and has only to be used for one semester; and

Whereas, the rising costs of textbooks and materials increase barriers to those students who face difficulties

affording a community college education;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges urges local campus bookstores to adopt

a buyback minimum for textbooks sold back to student bookstores at 20%; and

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges investigates inequitable or

noncompetitive practices in textbook buyback and purchasing practices and have a report by the Fall 2013 General Assembly.

Fall 2013, 20.02 Advocacy for Textbook Price Regulation  

Author: Taynara Costa-Moura

Sponsor: Santa Monica College

Resolution Dispositions: Legislative Affairs & System Affairs Committee

Whereas, publishers release new textbook editions with minimum change from previous editions and keep

raising prices on newer textbooks;

Whereas, publishers are developing online supplement tools that require purchasing expensive access codes

that can only be used once and, most times, are inadequate for students with learning disabilities;

Whereas, faculty are being pressured by publishers to constantly renew their courses textbooks and

consequently add online supplemental instruction to the curriculum; and

Whereas, students are required to purchase new edition textbooks plus access codes, which are often too
        expensive for the average community college student;

Resolved, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges will advocate for the regulation of textbook

prices in the State legislature;

Resolved, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges will provide resources for students to find

discounted textbooks on its website and online pages;

Resolved, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges will advocate for the elimination of

expensive “one time access codes” in the State level; and

Resolved, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges and its members will cooperate in finding

alternative methods of instruction that do not require purchasing expensive access codes that can only be used once.

Fall 2013, 20.03 Tax-Free Textbooks  

Author: Kevin Tian

Sponsor: Diablo Valley College

Resolution Dispositions: Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, according to the United States Government Accountability Office, in the past two decades, college

textbook prices have been increasing at twice the rate of inflation, at an average of 6% per year and now equal or even exceeding the cost of tuition fees of community colleges;

Whereas, textbook purchases are currently tax exempt in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts,

Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and there is no sales tax levied in Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon;

Whereas, the mission of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges is to pursue policies that will

improve student access, promote student success, engage and empower local student leaders, and enrich the collegiate experience for all California community college students and;

Whereas, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges in fall of 2007 passed a resolution 4.01

seeking reduction of textbook prices through exemption of taxes;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges acts on resolution approved in Fall of

2007 to support legislative efforts to amend California Code, allowing for the exemption of sales tax on textbooks purchased by college students and;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges directs its leadership to engage with the

State of California in support for legislation AB 479 (2013) Sales and use taxes: exemptions: textbooks that allows college textbooks to be exempted from state tax laws and;

Resolved, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges supports tax exemption for college student

purchase of textbooks as a legitimate and necessary form of state financial relief;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges ensures that the above statements are

administered through a formal written statement providing facts and information to all California Community Colleges.

Fall 2013, 21.01 Awareness and Advocacy for Veteran Resource Centers 

Author: Aaron Pepin

Sponsor: Barstow Community College

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: Regional Affairs Committee

        Resolve 2: System Affairs Committee

Whereas, an estimated 1,844,803 veterans currently reside in California (Sept.30, 2012) And with a projection

for 2013, College aged soldiers ranging from 20-35 would equal 198,882 soldiers in California.(www.CalVet.ca.gov; Veterans Demographics Sept. 2013) Student Veterans are a growing number on college campuses across the United States totaling 660,000 soldiers and 215,000 are active duty or reserve soldiers; (www.mentalhealth.va.gov)

Whereas, from 2006 to 2010, 2.1 million veterans received mental health care from the VA

(www.gao.gov/new.item/d1212.pdf) Many returning soldiers suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Depression, and suicide;

Whereas, 2.5 million soldiers serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, over the past 10 years, and 770,000 have disability

claims that are filed or pending. Finding resources, assistance, and place to feel safe to help our veterans is problematic for all colleges. (http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/03/14/185880/millions-wentto-war-in-iraq-afghanistan.html);

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourages colleges to advocate for the

creation of permanent Veterans Resources Centers on all 113 Community College Campuses adhering to proper college channels, which includes, but is not limited to; college administration, college student government, and general advocacy;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocates for on-site Veteran Resources Centers providing Student Veterans services for academic success, counseling services, and

assistance for Soldiers transitioning into civilian life after discharge, and preparing them to pursue educational goals.

Fall 2013, 21.02 SSCCC Centralized Online Resource for Veteran Students

Author: Christopher Marshall

Sponsor: Monterey Peninsula College

Resolution Dispositions: Communications Committee

Whereas; The state of California has the highest number of homeless veterans in the country with a

staggering estimated 50,000 living on the streets without knowledge of higher education resources. These resources are not all in one central location and Veteran students usually have to spend more time tracking down these resources when they do in fact find them;

Whereas; Veterans make up 26% of the state’s homeless population. Furthermore, the state estimates that

62% of homeless veterans have been diagnosed with both substance abuse issues and mental health problems. There are plenty of online resources for veterans, but these resources are sporadic throughout the state;

Whereas; Many non-veteran students are unaware of the struggles that their veteran student colleagues have

to deal with daily and are unaware of the challenges they face with regard to being in a classroom setting and dealing with returning to society;

Resolved; that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges invest time and skill into a more unified

and comprehensive online “Outreach” initiative to help students without a military background, to help them understand how to help support Veteran students returning from the battlefield to the classroom through a more centralized online resource platform;

Resolved; that the Student Senate for California Community College create a new “Online Resource Web

Page” for Veteran students to have a comprehensive and centralized location to gain access to veteran resources in tandem with the work of the “Veteran’s Caucus” and local Associated Student Organizations statewide; and

Resolved; that this new online resource be comprised of online tutorials for non-veteran students to gain a

better understanding veterans returning to college, an online forum for veterans to voice their concerns and to receive support from other community college veterans, links from every veteran organization in California, links to any forms veteran student may need with regard to financial aid or other state and federal programs, links to mental health sites and resources, and updated news regarding veteran issues.

Fall 2013, 22.01 Support Open Educational Resources 

Author: Carl Seira

Sponsor: Santa Rosa Junior College

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: System Affairs Committee

        Resolve 2: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, the exponential price growth of textbooks has become a financial barrier for California Community

Colleges students in achieving their educational goals;

Whereas, the American Enterprise Institute states that the price of textbooks has increased three times faster

than the rate of inflation over the last thirty-four years, as measured by the Consumer Price Index;

Whereas, the average annual cost of textbooks for students nationally has increased to over one- thousand

dollars according to the College Board;

Whereas, the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 supports faculty in the identification and provision

of affordable and accessible textbook options to California Community College students;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges supports the adoption of curriculum

appropriate, affordable, open source textbooks and educational materials; and

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourages local associated student

organizations to advocate for their respective campuses to become member institutions of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources.

Fall 2013, 22.02 Syllabus Availability

Author: John Fraser

Sponsor: Pasadena City College

Resolution Dispositions: Legislative Affairs Committee & System Affairs Committee

Whereas, the syllabus for a course is essentially held to the same standard as a legal contract with a professor,

and will typically be referenced if a student appeals a grade;

Whereas, most students register for classes without ever seeing the syllabus for the course, and without a

reasonable understanding of its expectations;

Whereas, students are usually only made aware of the contents of a course syllabus after they’ve already

attended the class, at which point, it would be either difficult or impossible to enroll in an alternative course;

Whereas, publishing a syllabus online would be easily accomplished, would provide students of diverse

learning preferences with more information to guide difficult enrollment decisions, and would potentially improve success rates;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges pursue and support regulation

change(s) and/or legislation to the effect of increasing, if not mandating, syllabus availability prior to registration dates for a session;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges maintain updated information on

California Community College syllabus transparency; and

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges work together with other stakeholders

in order to identify ways of increasing readily available information for prospective students to empower them to become more informed decision makers.

Fall 2013,  (Spring 2013) 23.01 Anti-Revolving Door Policy in Hiring

Sponsor: Student Senate Council

Resolution Dispositions: Executive Committee & Rules and Resolutions Committee

Whereas, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges is committed to upholding the utmost

integrity and transparency in all decisions made;

Whereas, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges is cognizant of the relationships built

between board members during their time in office;

Whereas, all organizations which engage in the hiring of staff must take into account and attempt to prevent

to the best of their ability favoritism during the hiring process;

Whereas, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges is led by students and recognizes the

turnover of a majority of student leaders results in an almost completely new board governing every piece of the organization within five years; and

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges shall not consider for hiring any

individual who has served as an elected executive in the Student Senate, including all regions and the Student Senate Council collectively, within five years of the end of the individual's’ service in office.

Fall 2013, 23.08 Status Report Update

Author: Randdi Misrahi

Sponsor: Los Angeles Valley College

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolves 1, 2, & 4: Rules and Resolutions Committee

        Resolve 3: Communications Committee

Whereas, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges website (studentsenateccc.org) states under

Resolution Status reports " These resolution status reports provide the current status information for all resolutions adopted by the General Assembly. After each General Assembly, the adopted resolutions are assigned to the appropriate committee or individual to implement. These reports will be updated after each fall and Spring General Assembly."

Whereas, "Uncompleted Resolutions" and "Completed Resolutions" have not been updated since July 2010.

Whereas, resolutions that may have been passed from previous SSCCC General Assemblies, have not been

updated to the list of "Resolution Status Report".

Whereas, there are members of the public and new members of Student Senate for California Community

Colleges and California Community Colleges Associated Student Organization's each year that do not know what is the current status of a passed resolution from previous SSCCC General Assemblies.

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges California Community College

Associated Student Organizations, or anyone of the public shall be able to access a most recent "Resolution Status Report" from the most recent SSCCC General Assembly.

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges Resolutions Committee shall update the

Student Senate for California Community College's website (studentsenateccc.org) under "Resolution Status reports" with resolutions that have been adopted within ninety (90) days of the adjournment of General Assembly.

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges Communications Officer will have the

duty of informing delegates via email of the updated Resolution Status Reports following the online update of “Resolution Status Reports”; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges Chair of Resolutions Committee will

have the duty to update online resources regarding implementation of adopted resolutions from missing General Assemblies.


Spring 2014

Spring 2014, 3.01 District Wide Official Transcript

Author: Thuy Nguyen

Sponsor: Coastline Community Colleges

Co-Sponsor: Region VIII

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolution: System Affairs Committee

        Resolve 2: Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, The California Education Code Section 76223 allowance of up to two (2) transcripts of students’

records per community college;

Whereas, Improving access is a key component for student success ­ from California Education Code Section

71091(a)(1), it is emphasized the importance of “Minimiz[ing] delays in the transmission of student transcripts to accelerate and enhance student transfer”; and

Whereas, With 23 districts being multi college districts, students have to go through much paperwork or

many websites to obtain all necessary records of their academic career from the same district;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges engage in advocacy efforts with other

appropriate group(s) to amend CA Education Code Section 76223 for an allowance of district wide transcripts of students’ record; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges work with legislators to amend the

language of CA Education Code Section 76223, such that a one file request to use within the district for a one stop official transcript, and in addition, provide options for pick up via a preferred method or at a preferred college within that

Spring 2014, 5.01 The Green Technology Implementation Act

Author: Victor Costa

Sponsor: Modesto Junior College

Co-sponsor: Region V

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: Equitable Practices Committee

        Resolve 2: Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, solar power is the collection of sunlight, redistributed into renewable electricity via the process of

photovoltaic (PV) or concentrated solar power (CSP), and can be used as a sustainable energy source;

Whereas, electricity costs are considered large operating expense at community college districts, which can be

spent on further improvement of infrastructure at our educational institutions, programs offered to benefit the general student population, and increase funding for student success services by using solar energy;

Whereas, Butte College, Bakersfield College, De Anza College, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Santa

Rosa Junior College, College of the Siskiyous, and Solano Community College District have already taken steps towards educating and implementing green technology at their local campuses; and

Whereas, the long term effects of green technology are beneficial to the environment and general welfare of

the population, offset the short term costs used towards creating these technological improvements on our campuses.

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges promote to all California Community

Colleges to create a plan of action upon installing solar panels and other green technology with collaboration with all associated student organizations; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges promotes and advocates for legislation

that promotes alternative energy initiatives, subsidies, and grants, education on green technology, fossil fuel divestment, and the elimination of carbon emissions;

Spring 2014, 5.02 Statewide Sustainability Practices Initiative

Author: Paige Schlicht

Sponsor: Sacramento City College

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: Rules and Resolutions Committee

        Resolve 2, 3, & 4: Regional Affairs Committee

        Resolve 3: System Affairs Committee

Whereas, the definition of sustainable development is to meet the needs of the present without

compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs or undermining the sustainability of natural systems and the environment. In California, the effects of inaction with regards to ecology, economy, culture and politics recently become a statewide concern;

Whereas, the duty of the Board of Governors is to “provide leadership and direction in the continuing

development of the California Community Colleges, as an integral and effective element in the structure of public higher education in the state. “ (§ 70901. Title 3, Division 7, Part 43) The mismanagement of natural resources and lack of education on the topic of sustainability are in conflict with the mission of higher education and student success;

Whereas, many California Community College campuses are struggling with incorporating sustainable

practices in order to comply with environmental, financial, and legislative obligations as well as the funding of Proposition 39 (CA Clean Energy Jobs Act – [2012]) being set to expire and return to the California General Fund by 2018, making the full transition of California Community Colleges to sustainable institutions uncertain; and

Whereas, the implementation of statewide requirements for all California Community Colleges to develop,

implement, and augment institutional best practices to address the dire need for addressing the impact of Community Colleges on their surrounding communities, demonstrating leadership and accountability as institutions of higher learning, and promoting student equity and success for future generations to come is imperative;

Resolved, that the SSCCC reaffirm its commitment to the implementation of the Talloires Declaration as

directed by Resolution 17.01 Fall ‘07 “Adoption of the Talloires Declaration” (Student Senate Council) as well as a commitment to work with the California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC) as directed by Resolution 5.03 Fall 2008 “Participation in the CSSC” (Ryan Kaplan, Cabrillo College.);

Resolved, that the SSCCC work with local Regions and ASOs, to establish Sustainability Committees within

regions, campuses, and ASOs, as well as implement positions that address sustainability in local ASO’s;

Resolved, that the SSCCC in conjunction with Regions, the Chancellor’s Office, and any pertinent external

organizations encourage California Community districts to create local Sustainability Plans using the California Community Colleges Sustainability Plan Guidebook (http://extranet.cccco.edu/Portals/1/CFFP/Sustainability/CCCStnbltyPlanTemplateFil es/California_Community_Colleges_Sustainability_Template_FINAL_v3_PDF.pdf), available on the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office website as well as any other pertinent materials; and

Resolved, that the SSCCC work with Regions and ASO’s to facilitate local work with students, administrators,

faculty, and classified staff towards creating and fulfilling their Sustainability Plan with the intent of fulfilling short­ and long term goals designed to increase institutional efficiency and sustainability.

Spring 2014, 7.01 Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics 

Author: Brennan Gonering

Sponsor: Riverside City College

Co-Sponsor: Region IX

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee & Equitable Practices Committee

Whereas, Bylaw 1.11 of the California Community College Athletic Association states that “The student's

birth certificate is proof of gender," and under Section 78223 of California Education Code, this regulation applies to the seventy­two (72) community college districts in California;

Whereas, CCCAA Bylaw 1.11 is inconsistent with Section 66270 of the California Education Code, which

prohibits community colleges from discriminating against students on the basis of gender, defining gender under Section 66260.7 of the California Education Code as meaning "sex, and includes a person's gender identity and gender expression";

Whereas, CCCAA Bylaw 1.11 forces community colleges to discriminate against transgender student athletes,

by mandating that those student athletes petition a court for a change of gender and issuance of a new birth certificate, and submit this new birth certificate as a form of proof which other student athletes are not required to provide; and

Whereas, CCCAA Bylaw 1.11 forces community colleges to discriminate against student athletes on the bases

of gender identity and gender expression, by requiring community colleges to disregard these factors in determining a student's gender for the purposes of athletic participation;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges strongly urges the California

Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) to work with transgender organizations in order to develop changes to CCCAA Bylaw 1.11, which will remove its discriminatory aspects and bring it into compliance with Section 66250 of California Education Code.

Spring 2014, 7.02 CCCApply Gender Self ­Identification 

Author: Brennan Gonering

Sponsor: Riverside City College

Co-Sponsor: Region IX

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: System Affairs Committee

        Resolve 2: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, The 2008 National Transgender Discrimination Survey conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian

Task Force showed that a significant portion of the LGBT community identify as more than one gender or as gender non­binary;

Whereas, California Education Code Section 66027(a)(1) requests that community colleges allow for students

to disclose their gender and gender identity in forms that are used for the collection of demographic data;

Whereas, The current CCCApply Application form is used by over 100 of the 112 community colleges in

California for handling applications, as well as being utilized to collect demographic data, and only allows individuals to list their gender according to the categories of “Male”, “Female”, and “Decline to State”; and

Whereas, These categories do not allow for all students to disclose their gender or gender identity

information, delegitimize the genders and gender identities of students who do not identify as either male or female, restrict the ability of genderqueer or gender non­binary students to identify their gender and/or gender identity on forms used for the collection of demographic data, and therefore fail to comply with the Equity in Higher Education Act and Sections 66010.2 and 66027(a)(1) of California Education Code;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges strongly urges the CCCApply Steering

Committee to update the CCCApply Application form to eliminate the gender category restriction of “Male”, “Female”, and “Decline to State”, and to instead allow for students to write in their responses to this question; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges shall work with local Associated

Student Organizations at community colleges that have not implemented CCCApply, in order to encourage the use of write­-in responses on application forms for gender and gender identity related questions.

Spring 2014, 7.03 CCCApply Preferred Name Accommodation

Author: Brennan Gonering

Sponsor: Riverside City College

Co-Sponsor: Region IX

Resolution Dispositions: 

Resolve 1: System Affairs Committee

Resolve 2: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Some individuals – especially, but not exclusively, within the trans, genderqueer, gender

non­conforming, and gender non­binary communities – choose a preferred name that differs from their legal name, but may not have undergone, or wish to undergo, the process of legally changing their name prior to enrolling in a community college;

Whereas, The current CCCApply Application form restricts name fields to a prospective student's legal name

and only alternative names that have been used on prior records, thereby prohibiting individuals with preferred names that have not been used on previous records from entering them into their college's official records;

Whereas, This restriction is discriminatory and contrary to Section 66010.2 of the California Education Code

and the Equity in Higher Education Act, by preventing students from fully presenting as their identified genders, often causing students to out themselves during roll call, and otherwise making such students potentially jeopardize their comfort and safety; and

Whereas, A 2012 study by the McClelland Institute found that the more contexts in which a transgender or

gender non­conforming individual can use their chosen preferred name, the greater their psychological well­being;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges strongly urges the CCCApply Steering

Committee to update the CCCApply Application form to allow for the inputting of preferred names as well as legal names; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges shall work with local Associated

Student Organizations at community colleges that have not implemented CCCApply, in order to encourage the updating of local community college application forms to allow for the inputting of preferred names as well as legal names.

Spring 2014, 8.01 Cal Grant A Award Reforms

Author: Bhavin Jindal

Sponsor:  Riverside City College

Co-Sponsor: Region IX

Resolution Dispositions: Legislative Affairs Committee & System Affairs Committee

Whereas, California Education Code 69434.5 states that “an individual selected for a Cal Grant A award who

enrolls in a California community college may elect to have the award held in reserve for him or her for a period not to exceed two academic years, except that the commission may extend the period in which his or her award may be held in reserve for up to three academic years if, in the commission's judgment, the rate of academic progress has been as rapid as could be expected for the personal and financial conditions that the student has encountered”;

Whereas, Due to recent budget cuts many community colleges and other institutions for higher education

have had to reduce the number of classes offered thus inhibiting enrollment for classes necessary for transfer and/or graduation within the time frame allotted by the current standard; and

Whereas, Some students are not able to complete transfer requirements for programs with a substantial

amount of classes with prerequisites, such as programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) within a period of two or three years;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges support legislation measures which

support increasing the holding period for Cal Grant A awards from two or three years to be held until which time a student is ready to transfer from their respective California Community College;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges direct the Student Senate Council to

advocate increasing the holding period for Cal Grant A awards from two to three years to be held until which time a student is read to transfer from their respective California Community College;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges establish working relations with

organizations such the Institute for College Access and Success in order to accomplish the above goals; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges ensure that sustainable methods of

financing education post transferring from a community college are available and the students are not punished for attending a community college by losing their right to financing such as the Cal Grant A.

Spring 2014, 8.02  Cal Grant A and B Renewal Reforms

Author: Bhavin Jindal

Sponsor:  Riverside City College

Co-Sponsor: Region IX

Resolution Dispositions: Legislative Affairs Committee & System Affairs Committee

Whereas, California Education Code 69433.6 states “Cal Grant A awards and Cal Grant B awards may be

renewed for a total of the equivalent of four years of full­time attendance in an undergraduate program”;

Whereas, Due to recent budget cuts many community colleges and other institutions for higher education

have had to reduce the number of classes offered thus inhibiting enrollment for classes necessary for transfer and/or graduation;

Whereas, A period of six years is more viable for students who are in undergraduate programs which may

require a substantial amount of classes with prerequisites, such as programs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) which cannot be completed within a period of four years; and

Whereas, By extending the renewal amount of Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B will allow colleges to receive

additional funds with which they can increase the number of classes that each individual college is able to offer;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges support legislation which support

increasing the renewal period for Cal Grant A and B awards from four years of full time attendance to a period of six years;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges direct the Student Senate Council to

advocate to increase the renewal period for Cal Grant A and B awards from four years of full time attendance to a period of six years;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges establish working relations with

organizations such the Institute for College Access and Success in order to accomplish the above goals; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges ensure that sustainable methods of

financing education such as Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B are available to students for the entirety of undergraduate education which are fundamental to the goals set forth by SSCCC.

        

Spring 2014, 9.01 Innovation of the CA Master Plan For Higher Education 

Sponsor:  Student Senate Council

Resolution Dispositions: Legislative Affairs Committee & System Affairs Committee

Whereas, The California 1960 Master Plan was written when California was growing economically and had a

stable middle class, fueling a healthy supply of revenue. Since 1960 the population and education readiness in the State of California has dramatically shifted, and the rate of population growth is incongruent with California’s higher education resources. The current structure of the Master Plan is not capable of adapting to the changing demographics to best serve the state, especially as a social mobilizer;

Whereas, The 1960 Master plan was originally written to cover the California’s educational needs through

1975. Over the span of 54 years since its inception the state has faced challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities unforeseen by the Master Plan; and, there is no major effort to prepare for the next 15 years. The master plan originally aimed to interpret and delineate functional differences between the 3 tiers of higher education, rather than focusing on the best interests of the students;

Whereas, The original survey committee for the 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education consisted of a motley

of higher education staff, faculty, and representatives from the California State Legislature. However, it was not fully representative of all stakeholders, and especially neglected student perspectives; and

Whereas, California community college students’ educational needs are no longer being served by the 1960

Master plan, which is unequipped to deal with the obstacles of adapting and integrating technology into the education system, the decreasing proportion of student enrollments into institutions of higher education to the growing population, and the extensive gap between the K­12 preparedness and the initial college readiness expectations of the community college system;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges urges the creation of a survey

committee made up of students, faculty, administration, and staff from all segments of the California public higher education system (UC, CSU, CCC), along with representatives from K­12 education and the Governor’s office, to address current issues with the California Master Plan for Higher Education;

Resolved, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges urges legislators to pass legislation to allow

the SSCCC Council to forward member(s) to the survey committee as they deem fit; and, subsequently drafting a new master plan which creates a new, reliable, consistent, plan which focuses on the values quality, access, and affordability; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges maintain their involvement as leaders

of the discussion of how to about how best address the various issues of the community colleges system; and, shall work with other student organizations that are involved in advocating for the improvement of the Higher Education System. The SSCCC Council shall inform the California Community College student population regarding any developments with the Master Plan and shall educate local student representatives regarding its innovation.

Spring 2014,  (Fall 2013) 9.01 Student Trustee Privileges

Author: Charles Scovell

Sponsor:  Cuesta College

Co-Sponsor: Region VI

Resolution Dispositions: Legislative Affairs Committee & System Affairs Committee

Whereas, Student Trustees are responsible for the representation of all the students in their districts and

should be afforded all appropriate means to advocate on their behalf;

Whereas, The Community College League of California provides training on Board of Trustee Policies, as

well as, leadership training at student trustee workshops, where students graduate with a certificate of completion;

Whereas, Education Code Section 72023.5(6) 1, 2, 3, details that the governing board may give nonvoting

members a right to motion and second, attend closed session, and receive compensation;

Whereas, Full voting rights are illegal due to liability, and attending closed sessions pertaining to personal

and/ or collective bargaining is prohibited to protect each district, as well as, Student Trustees;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges support and advocate for all California

Community Colleges to afford all of the privileges in Education Code Section 72023.5 to all Student Trustees; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges support and advocate for an

amendment to Education Code Section 72023.5 to include the mandate of a recorded advisory vote for all Student Trustees.

Spring 2014, 15.03 Institutional Memory  

Author: Sam Mahdad

Sponsor:  Orange Coast College

Co-Sponsor: Region VIII

Resolution Dispositions: Executive Committee  Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Community Colleges have a high turnover rate of students since we are a gateway to 4­year

institutions;

Whereas, Since Region Executive Board and Region Delegates tend to shift on a yearly basis, there is a

learning curve as to where last year left off since knowledge of how to conduct legislative visits. read bills, etc., is lost in transfer process;

Whereas, Having a handbook for each Region would allow other’s get the idea how neighboring regions

operate and succeed; and

Whereas, These handbooks would contain topics pertaining to, but ultimately up to the Region, such as

procedures, taskforces, potential ideas for the following year, goals for the year etc.;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges Student Senate Council create a

transition handbook containing procedures, potential ideas, goals, information, recommendations, training materials, and reports regarding the administration of Regions and regional duties, and urge each Region to create a similar handbook which would be uploaded to the SSCCC’s website, that would help ensure longevity and sharing of knowledge; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges Continuously ensure the document is

renewed for each region prior June 30th of each year.

Spring 2014, 19.01 Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Resource Center 

Author: John Noyola

Sponsor:  Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Co-Sponsor: Region VII

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee & Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, Historically Students that are deaf and hard of hearing seek educational support services and

accommodations that are often facilitated through local Disabled Student Programs and Services on campus.

Whereas, In California, each community college campus has a DSPS office that provides educational support

services to students with disabilities, yet for students that are deaf and hard of hearing, these services and accommodations are often inadequate to support student success and meet their educational needs; and

Whereas, Deaf and hard of hearing students need specific accommodations such as video phone access,

closed captioned video, note takers, qualified sign language counselors and interpreters for educational success;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourages colleges to advocate for

the creation of Deaf and hard of hearing Resources Centers on all 112 Community College Campuses adhering to proper college channels, which includes, but is not limited to; college administration, college student government, and general advocacy;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocates for an on­site Deaf and hard

of hearing Resources Centers or Deaf Space providing deaf and hard hearing Student with services for academic success, counseling services, and assistance for transitioning in and out of college.

Spring 2014, 19.02 Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Students Educational Support Services

Author: John Noyola

Sponsor:  Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Co-Sponsor: Region VII

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: Equitable Practices

        Resolve 2: Regional Affairs

Whereas, The Deaf and Hard of Hearing student population in California Community Colleges are often

underserved.

Whereas, The Deaf and Hard of Hearing student population have educational limitations such as, difficulty

taking notes while watching an interpreter, problems communicating one on one with instructors or other students, and may struggle with English grammar due to American Sign Language being the primary language;

Whereas, Deaf and Hard of Hearing students need specific accommodations such as video phone access,

closed captioned video, note takers, qualified sign language counselors and interpreters; and

Whereas, In California, each community college campus has a DSPS office that provides Educational Support

services to students with disabilities, yet for students that are deaf and hard of hearing, these services are often inadequate to meet their educational needs.

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for more educational support

services for students that are Deaf and hard of hearing; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourage local student senates to

promote awareness that addresses the deaf and hard of hearing culture such as hosting a deaf Awareness event or establishing an American Sign Language or Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club.

Spring 2014, 19.03  Women’s Restrooms Dispensaries

Author: Crystal Rayo

Sponsor:  Orange Coast College

Co-Sponsor: Region VIII

Resolution Dispositions: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Currently, it is not commonplace for California Community Colleges to have tampon and/or pad

dispensaries in their women’s restrooms;

Whereas, If an incident were to occur prior to or during class, then the individual may miss crucial

information for their academic success because they cannot acquire a tampon or pad in a reasonable amount of time. Health services may be on the complete other side of the campus and not easily reached;

Whereas, Students would be more inclined to stay in their class if these supplies were on campus in more

accessible places, instead of rushing home to change and freshen themselves up; and

Whereas, The dispensaries would cost about $85.00 to the school per machine, and stocking them would be

as cheap as 11 cents per tampon, thus giving the school 14 cents profit for each tampon sold. If the dispensary sold 608 tampons, then the school would break even on their purchase;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges urge local Associated Student

Organizations to implement tampon and pad dispensaries within their respective campuses’ women’s restrooms and dedicate profits received towards school­ sponsored or student­ oriented expenditures.

Spring 2014, 19.04 Establishing a General Prayer/Meditation Area

Authors: Sarah Yusef & Michael Greenberg

Sponsor:  Santa Monica College

Co-Sponsor: Region VII

Resolution Dispositions: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Some students uphold their religious or spiritual practices in accordance to their religion or spiritual

health preferences, and perform their meditative ritual(s) on a daily basis;

Whereas, Students of a religious or spiritual inclination would like to pray/meditate at certain times of the day

in an area with minimal disturbances; and

Whereas, Many California Community College campuses do not have an established and recognized

prayer/meditation area at which students may uphold their religious or spiritual practices;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges will help local Associated Student

Organizations make efforts to identify an area on their campus that is peaceful, clean, and accessible for students to perform their religious or spiritual practices; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges will help local Associated Student

Organizations collaborate, to the best of their abilities, with their local administrations in order to establish a common prayer/meditation area which students of all religious backgrounds can use and share.

Spring 2014, 24.02 Improvement of Internet Access

Author: Olivia Warren

Sponsor:  Victor Valley College

Co-Sponsor: Region IX

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: Legislative Affairs Committee

        Resolve 2: System Affairs Committee

Whereas, The Civic Center Act Education Code Section 38130, public school environments are instructed to

have a Center that will cater to the artistic, political and technological needs of the students and community. These include the proper resources needed by studies for their work as well as the needs of the community as a whole; 39 Student Senate for California Community Colleges Spring 2014 Resolution Packet

Whereas, It is an architectural issue for many older Community Colleges that the brick and other hefty

materials that buildings are made with were not made with the thought of wireless internet as a need. This is an issue despite that these schools adhere to codes set down by the state of California. Recognizing that this requires internet routers to be placed outside in weather proof vandal proof encasements; and

Whereas, Many community colleges offer or even require students to access their classes, schedule, and other

important information through internet services, and in many cases a school’s internet connections do not have the power or capacity to run them properly. Also, that faculty and professors have issues with internet access as well when it is used during lessons. Increased internet accessibility would assist not only students but faculty as well in this regard;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges supports legislature that will fulfill the

need for productive and technologically current services such as effective wireless internet connections on campus by increasing amount of routers and networks. To better handle the amount of students and have the capability to run any web assistance or tools accessed by the internet that the school may offer; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourages Community Colleges to

improve internet connections, as it is a need of students, to explore the most effective way to do so such as increasing the number of internet routers and placing them in strategic places outside the buildings on a campus as to achieve the best coverage of internet service. This will require the use of weather proof encasements which can be suggested by the technology experts and department of a campus. Avenues of funding including but not limited to the Foundation for Community Colleges as well as state resources.

Spring 2014, 24.03 CCC Reorganization Plan for Parking Facilities 

Author: Amanda Monroy

Sponsor:  Victor Valley

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee

Whereas, Community College parking services, including circulation, availability, and overall safety has proved

to be an issue as early as 2013 in several community colleges to be unsafe and inefficient construction for parking facilities and school accessibility. These insufficient structures have increased tardiness for students, therefore interrupting their educational pursuits;

Whereas, The Little Hoover Commission of Sacramento California, studies topics brought to its attention

from citizens and legislatures, possessing the ability to recommend projects to state legislative bodies. Thus, having the power to review topics such as Reorganization Projects for Community College Campus parking facilities and services;

Whereas, The Little Hoover Commission has statutory obligation to review and make 40 Student Senate for

California Community Colleges Spring 2014 Resolution Packet recommendations for Reorganization Plans in accordance with California Government Code §8523, which states government will accept recommendations from the commission deemed relevant to the legislature through proof from evaluation; and

Whereas, Enrollment at community colleges has grown by more than 1.4 million in the past three years,

according to data from the American Association of Community Colleges, therefore increasing a higher demand of facilities and modernization to meet demands. It states in the California Education Code Section §8170081708: It is the intent of the Legislature to enable community college districts to use safe and cost effective options for building and modernizing community college facilities;

Resolved, That the Student Senate of California Community Colleges strongly urge significant research to be

done by the Little Hoover Commission to assess what alterations can be done in community college student parking facilities. In accordance to any evidence found by the commission that suggests a need for improvement, it shall be acted upon and brought to the attention of local state governance; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate of California Community Colleges work with the Little Hoover

Commission to provide sufficient parking services, circulation, and associated infrastructure in a convenient, reliable, safe, efficient and environmentally–responsible manner. To decrease dangers and increase student safety by encouraging safe and orderly movement of traffic in all California Community Colleges within the boundaries of college campuses in conformance with local, state, federal, and regulatory codes.


Fall 2014

Fall 2014, (Spring 2014) 15.02: Student Leader Transcript Notation 

Author: Carter Frost

Sponsor:  Cabrillo College

Co-Sponsor: Region IV

Co-Sponsor: Student Senate Council

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: Regional Affairs Committee

        Resolve 2: System Affairs Committee

Whereas, Most local Associated Student Organizations do not get paid for their work and perform their

duties solely on a volunteer basis;

Whereas, Some community colleges recognize students involved in organizations on their campus like honor

societies with a transcript notation; and

Whereas, Community colleges like Sacramento City College have a transcript notation for their ASO

members that shows up as “Recognized Student Leader”;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges work with local Associated Student

Organizations on the implementation of adding "Student Government" to their students’ transcripts for students involved in their local ASO, regional and state student senate participation; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for the addition to students

transcripts who have completed a full term (as defined by the governing body in question) across the entire community college system.

Fall 2014, (Spring 2014) 23.01 ASO Budget Resource Database 

Author: Joshua Kleinbergs

Sponsor:  Fullerton College

Co-Sponsor: Region VIII

Resolution Dispositions: Finance Committee

Whereas, Currently, most Associated Student Organizations (ASOs) in California lack vital resources that

could further aid their pursuit towards more effective/ efficient budgetary operations;

Whereas, ASOs varies from campus to campus on how they generate income and allocate monies towards

programs or services. 6 Student Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2014 Resolution Packet

Whereas, Having a collective resources that clearly show how others operate on their respective campuses

will help give insight into new programs and services that can be utilize on every campus.

Whereas, Community Colleges are public resource that is based on transparency at meetings and operations,

as can be seen by Brown Act, for any individual to have access to.

Resolved, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges urge local ASOs to submit their yearly

budgetary reports and post these reports on the SSCCC’s website for all individuals to access.

Resolved, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges have the Regional Senators collect the

budget reports every year and bring them forward to the SSCCC council to post on their website on a timely manner. The submission should be prior to October so that the most current report is available for the remainder of the school year and continue to be on a yearly basis.

Fall 2014, 26.03  Sustainable Mental Health Services Programs

Author: Unknown

Sponsor:  Region III

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: Legislative Affairs Committee & System Affairs Committee

Resolve 2: Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, “more than 45 percent of those who stopped attending college because of their mental health

related reasons did not receive accommodations. Additionally, 50% of them did not have access to mental health services and support” (Crudo & Gruttadaro, 2012, 8).

Whereas, in the publication College Students Speak: Survey Report on Mental Health, Crudo and Gruttadaro

stated that, “An overwhelming majority (64%) of the student dropouts surveyed are not attending college because of mental health related issues;

Whereas, Suicide is a one of the leading preventable public health problems plaguing the United States,

deemed the eleventh leading cause of death in the U.S. It accounts for approximately 32,439 deaths annually, and is the third leading cause of death among individuals aged 18­24. (State of New Jersey, 2009, pg. 3)

Whereas, in 2011 California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) and the Foundation for

California Community Colleges (FCCC) received a one­time grant that only focused on prevention and early intervention but did not address the lack of mental health resources available on campus, leaving the current programs unsustainable.

Therefore be it resolved, the Student Senate of California Community Colleges will aggressively pursue the

enactment of legislation and/or policies that requires all California Community Colleges to establish a Mental Health Services Program to provide a minimum of 40 hours per week of qualified mental health counseling services to students via licensed clinical psychologist or licensed psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner by collaborating with and forwarding a copy of this resolution to the appropriate officials: Governor Jerry Brown, all members of the California State Legislature, California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris, all members of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, the Chancellors of all 72 community college districts, and the President of the Board of Trustees for all 72 community college districts; and

Resolved, that the Student Senate of California Community Colleges recommends and encourages advocating

to the United States Congress, to pass H. R. 274, to amend section 520J of the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants for mental health first aid training programs by forwarding a copy of this resolution to all Members of Congress that represent constituents in the State of California.

Fall 2014, 27.02 Establishing an International Students’ Resource Center (ISRC) 

Author: Unknown

Sponsor:  San Diego Mesa College

Resolution Dispositions: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, International students may be inclined to seek a place of information and reassurance among

experienced peers.

Whereas, California promotes diversity, the enrollment of international students brings diversity and

economic contribution to California Community Colleges.

Whereas, Most international students face adjustment issues, which are mainly on cultural and lingual factors

that influence the process of pursuing their academic goal and campus life experience, due to insufficient support from the institution.

Whereas, Many California Community College campus do not have an established International Students

Resource Center dedicated to providing international students with support from peers and recognition from the institution which will facilitate their adjustment process in accordance with California Education Code 87100.2, that “ Academic excellence can best be sustained in a climate of acceptance and with the inclusion of persons from a wide variety of backgrounds and preparations to provide service to an increasingly diverse student population.”

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community College will work in collaboration with their

Associated Student Government Organizations to identify and establish an area on their campus that is clean and easily accessible for international students to receive academic, social, and emotional support.

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges will help Associated Student

Government Organizations collaborate with their respective administrations in order to establish an International Students’ Resource Center, where needed, accessible to all international students.

Author: Unknown

Sponsor:  Butte College

Resolution Dispositions: Legislative Affairs Committee & System Affairs Committee

Whereas, Other issues such as bullying and harassment also cause people such as college students to become

stressed, as well as more likely to turn to alcohol and drug abuse, if the issue is left unchecked; and, 19 Student Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2014 Resolution Packet

Whereas, Traumatic experiences such as sexual assault and domestic violence often cause victims to

experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; and,

Whereas, Mental health issues such as anxiety and stress decrease a student’s capacity to function at their

fullest; and,

Whereas, Certain colleges have already instituted a Safe Place to offer a support system for victims of sexual

assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, harassment and hate crimes through outreach, crisis intervention, advocacy, and educational programming.

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges support the establishment and funding

of other similar Safe Place Programs, so as to improve the mental well being and functionality of all students.


Spring 2015

Spring 2015,  (F07 17.03) S12 Waste Mitigation

Author: Ryan Kaplan

Sponsor:  Cabrillo College

Resolution Dispositions: Regional Affairs Committee , Legislative Affairs Committee, & System Affairs Committee

Whereas, California generates 92 million tons of waste annually;

Whereas, The 72 community college districts have a responsibility under AB 75 (Strom-Martin,

1999) to divert at least 50% of their waste by source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting or by other means, and a current bill, SB 1020 (Padilla, 2007), aims to increase waste diversion mandates to 60% by 2012 and 75% by 2020;

Whereas, California’s community colleges control annual budgets of enormous purchasing

power for material goods, and purchasing departments generally abide by procurement policies; and

Whereas, Organizations like the Foundation for California Community Colleges research broker

discounts with vendors for all community colleges;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges ask local senates to audit

their college district waste stream, and work with maintenance and operations staff to ensure that waste diversion for recycling is maximized in all district operations;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourage local senates to

work with district purchasing departments to prioritize the procurement of sustainable and recycled-content materials as a district policy;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges request of the Foundation

for California Community Colleges to work with the California Integrated Waste Management Board to develop environmentally preferable purchasing guidelines and agreements with recycled product manufacturers; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges support more strict mandates

for waste diversion in the State of California.

Spring 2015, (F08 5.01) S 22 Sustainable Cafeteria Practices

Author: Jennifer Wienecke-Friedman

Sponsor:  Napa Valley College

Resolution Dispositions:  Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, In keeping with ideals of the California Student Sustainability Coalition, consuming local agriculture

products lowers carbon footprints, provides local jobs, keeps money in the local economy, and provides healthier alternatives to industrially produced food;

Whereas, Using washable and biodegradable utensils and dishes, in place of plastic and plastic coated items,

lowers the adverse impact on the environment; and

Whereas, Colleges can partner with farmers and local independent farmers to provide students and staff with

environmentally friendly choices for their meat, dairy, and produce selections;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourage local senates to advocate for

cafeteria operators to purchase packaged snacks, drinks, utensils, dining ware and condiments from sustainable manufacturers within California if available or from sustainable producers within the United States; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourage local senates to advocate for

the cafeteria operators to use washable dishes, cups, and utensils for customers meals thereby creating more student worker jobs, and provide biodegradable to utensils and cups.

Spring 2015, (F08 7.01) S24 Umoja Community

Author: Marlene Hurd

Sponsor:  Laney College

Resolution Dispositions: Equitable Practices Committee

Whereas, The Umoja Community for Student Success needs the voice of the Student Senate for California

Community Colleges to further the progress in developing and expanding statewide efforts to improve success and retention of African American, basic skills, and other at students;

Whereas, The Umoja Community the current Basic Skills Initiative Professional Development Grant;

Whereas, At the January 14 unanimous support for Umoja and encouraged the Umoja Community to seek

funding through the system

Whereas, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges committed to addressing equity and

diversity issues, and the defining of terms and principles at the Fall 2007 General Assembly resolutions in 3.01 F07;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges work with the Umoja Community to

share project information with the local senates across the state;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges offer its assistance to the leadership of

the Umoja Community to support its work; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges work with groups such as the Umoja

leadership, the Black Caucus, local senates, and other constituencies to communicate information about Umoja, including its effectiveness for African American, basic skills, and all other at-risk students.

Spring 2015, (F09 9.01) S42 FAFSA Reform Act 2009

Sponsor:  Student Senate Council

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee

Whereas, College students over the age of 24 are defined by the Department of Education Free

Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form as independent, and the majority of college students are under the age of 24 but are legally considered adults;

Whereas, many adult college students receive insufficient wages to afford college and at the

same time afford living expenses;

Whereas, there are adults attending college who are not dependents of their parents, who receive

zero family contributions, and, as independent adults under the age of 24 and self-supported, are denied financial aid due to the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) restrictions on grants and subsidized loans; and

Whereas, the appeals process begins only after a student is denied financial aid, which further

limits the financial assistance available;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges recommends that the

FAFSA be amended to allow students who are under the age of 24, and who have maintained an independent status, to have the opportunity to prove their independence through submitting appropriate documentation during the initial FAFSA submission; and

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges recommends the

appropriate documents coincide with the current requirements needed to appeal denial of financial aid.

Spring 2015, (S10 24.01) S 54 Halal Food Options

Author: Mina Vareth

Sponsor:  Folsom Lake College

Resolution Dispositions: Events Committee & Equitable Practices Committee

Whereas, A significant number of California community college students would prefer to have food available

that meets halal requirements;

Whereas, 70% of Muslims in the United States follow a Halal based diet according to nationmaster.com;

Whereas, Halal food only refers to meat and poultry properly slaughtered by a Muslim according to Islamic

rituals; and

Whereas, Food meeting kosher requirements is frequently offered at community college cafeterias, and

cafeteria staff are informed of what foods meet kosher requirements;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges support meeting the dietary needs of

minority populations in the California community colleges.

Spring 2015, R1 Increased Access to Facilities On Campus

Author: Nicolas Steil

Sponsor:  Santa Barbara City College

Co-Sponsor: Region VI

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee & Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, there is a unknown yet substantial amount of students across the state that are facing or

experiencing homelessness or a financial crisis while attending courses in the California Community College system that may drop, fail, or withdraw from classes in an attempt to rectify their situation,

Whereas, it is in the best financial interest of the student, the state government, and the federal government

that a student receiving scholarships, the Board of Governors Fee Waiver and/or Federal Financial Aid Grants complete their coursework in the recommended amount of time as well as to produce higher educated workforce that will, over their lifetime, earn and proportionally pay more into state and federal tax system, strengthening infrastructure across the state,

Whereas, students experiencing a housing/financial crisis are more likely to pursue basic and fundamental

support such as finding showers, finding food, securing storage, etc. rather than focusing on their coursework thus failing, dropping, or withdrawing from coursework, potentially wasting their time and money as well as the money of the government, and

Whereas, Community Colleges use funds received through tuition and fees drawn from enrolled students to

fund programs, courses, and facilities throughout the campus as deemed necessary by the college, however a student may be denied access to these facilities since they are not enrolled in coursework requiring said facilities (such as being denied access to showers and lockers since they are not enrolled in a physical education department course).

Let it be resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for an emergency

support program facilitated by Extended Opportunities Programs and Services (EOPS) that would allow any students enrolled in a California Community College facing a financial/housing crisis the opportunity to shower in locker room facilities maintained by that college without the requirement of enrollment in additional coursework,

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges work with California Community

Colleges Chancellor's Office to create an intake process for said program that will be implemented and facilitated by EOPS departments requiring students enrolled in said program to sign a Conduct and Liability contract as well as provide enrolled students with community resource information,

Resolved, that said program will cover access to shower facilities for current semester only and students will

be required to make progress toward their educational goals while maintaining enrollment throughout the semester (verified by EOPS through student progress reports), and

Resolved, said program will record and provide limited data (in compliance with FERPA) on the number of

students utilizing this program, the grades they received and the cost analysis for facility usage.

Spring 2015, R2 Improve Sustainability with Composting and/or Mulching

Author: Brandon Gonzales

Sponsor:  Orange Coast College

Co-Sponsor: Region VIII

Resolution Dispositions: Regional Affairs Committee

 

Whereas, California Community Colleges, resolve to move in the direction of encouraging

sustainable means of processes that will increase the awareness of the impact of human ecological footprints, this is done by providing systems of innovative thought to be a part of the Green Movement in California. As it stands, 1,200 pounds of organic waste per capita goes directly into landfills, which could be composted. The United States per capita level of waste annually is around 1,600 pounds; This means that the United States, containing 5% of the world population, contributes to 40% of gross international waste;

Whereas, California Community Colleges, seek to embed means of efficient waste management

through ensuring the transformation of useful inputs to outputs. It is essential to maintain a sense of stewardship on campus through any reasonable means and a level of sustainability to provide educational opportunities for environmental science. There is a multitude of ways that this process can be developed and this includes scale, level of technology, and location. The process of initiation is by institutional case basis. The climate, budget, and space play a role in its initiative. Initial campus activity to sustainably process organic waste can include, but is not limited to, mulching, in-vessel composting, vermicomposting, industrial composting, and off-site composting.

Whereas, Through the development of an open system of circular flow, waste management at

California Community Colleges can avert thousands of tons of unnecessary waste from moving into landfills. Johnson County Community College in Kansas is one example of a impactful composting in-vessel system that collects 2,000 pounds of compost per week and thus averted 17 tons of waste to the landfill within the 6 months of their infrastructure's development. California's UC system operates mechanisms of composting to move toward their goal of achieving Zero Waste by 2020. In 2008, the University of California school system reached 50% of that goal and in 2012 they reached 75% of that goal. Average costs for their systems of transport to the landfill reached $72 a ton, while composting brought this cost down 33% at $48 dollars a ton. UCI buys back its mulching production to facilitate landscaping that is now less expensive to fertilize. UC Berkeley started implementation of composting throughout 9 different buildings in 2010 through funding by grants from the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability, The Green Initiative Fund and the Alameda County Stop Waste program. These systems are examples of the future of infrastructure development.  

Whereas, Composting is not a new methodology of sustainability, it is time that the California

Community colleges ignite the process of encouraging the creation of their own centralized composting and mulching systems to divert waste from landfills. This reduces carbon emissions and energy use through distributing the mass quantities of compost/mulch production to farmers: with then lowers their need for chemical fertilizers that are extremely energy intensive to produce. Organic waste is a fuel and resource that would serve the interests of sustainability to ensure healthy environments for California's students and future by utilizing its potential.

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges strongly encourage the

Associated Student Organizations of the California Community Colleges to facilitate the process implementing the sustainable practices of mulching and composting on their campuses.
Whereas Citations:

  1. http://compostingcouncil.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/FR2YW_BMP.pdf
  2. http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Organics/CompostMulch/default.htm
  3. http://www.green-technology.org/ccsummit-09/directory.html
  4. http://www.macalester.edu/academics/environmentalstudies/students/projects/srseminar2010/compostingimplementation.pdf
  5. http://www.usi.edu/recycle/solid-waste-landfill-facts
  6. http://www.jccc.edu/sustainability/projects/composting/index.html
  7. http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/uc-increases-composting-efforts

Spring 2015, A1 Food Pantry Programs on California Community College Campuses

Designee: Joy Nakabira, Butte College

Author: Joy Nakabira

Sponsor:  Butte College

Resolution Dispositions: Regional Affairs Committee, Communications Committee, & Equitable Practices Committee

Whereas, Some community college campuses in the state of California have a food pantry program that

supports students on campus by providing non-perishable food to students in need;

Whereas, Underprivileged students have to battle hunger as well as rising costs of education and living

expenses;

Whereas, Thousands of low-income students experience stress and depression caused by a lack of food,

which threatens their academic success;

Whereas, Students cannot focus on their education and do not perform as well in class if they are hungry;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges researches best practices for campuses

to host food pantry programs;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges strongly advocates for and distributes

best practices for campus food pantry programs, via the regional structures and through available media.

Spring 2015, A5 Increased Access to Financial Assistance for Self-Supporting Students

Author: Amanda Monrony

Sponsor:  Victor Valley College

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee & Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, Many self supporting students are limited in their access to various forms of financial assistance due

to the unwarranted dependant status in accordance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) requirements, and the narrow process offered to qualify for dependency override;

Whereas, The independent age to receive federal financial aid currently stands at 24, denying students who

financially support themselves, but do not fall under the special circumstances listed on FAFSA form sheet for independent status, access to financial aid as it is based on parent(s)/guardian(s) income rather than individual student merit; and

Whereas, The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) granted that students whose

parent(s)/guardian(s) refuse support, making them ineligible for dependency override, may still receive unsubsidized Stafford loans, while many California Community Colleges do not offer these loans in order to avoid the risk of student loan defaults, therefore excluding financial opportunities from “dependent,” self-supporting students; therefore

Resolved, That the Student Senate of California Community Colleges advocates that no student should be

denied access to education regardless of the income status of their parent(s)/guardian(s), when the student is financially solvent and independent financially, age notwithstanding;

Resolved, That the Student Senate of California Community Colleges encourages FAFSA to lower the

independent age to 21, to allow these students who do financially support themselves greater access to financial assistances for education; and

Resolved, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges acknowledges that financial aid in the form

of loans are not measures that focus first and foremost on the learner; and advocate against endorsements of legislative bills or administrative decisions that push students towards getting loans.

Spring 2015, A9 Required SB 967 “Yes Means Yes” Training for SSCCC Senators

Author: LelieAnn Dameron

Sponsor:  American River College

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: System Affairs Committee

        Resolve 2: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Senate Bill 967 (SB 967) “Yes Means Yes” has been adopted into law as of September 28, 2014 and

requires the governing boards of each community college district, the Trustees of the California State University, the Regents of the University of California, and the governing boards of independent post-secondary institutions to adopt policies concerning sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking that include certain elements, including an affirmative consent standard in the determination of whether sexual consent was given by a complainant, in order to receive state funds for student financial assistance; and

Whereas, The eligibility verification process and Ethics Training for local public officials pursuant to AB

1234, used in the verification and training of Student Senate for California Community Colleges Senators, does not currently include a training section that informs and teaches potential Senators about the adopted policies within SB 967; and

Whereas, In failing to require SSCCC Senators to complete “Yes Means Yes” instruction as part of their

training, the SSCCC is not only neglecting to provide the tools with which SSCCC Senators may inform and protect their constituents, but also failing to adhere to the standards and requirements set forth in SB 967, be it

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges work alongside the Chancellor’s Office

and other necessary associated organizations to create and implement a requirement along with the AB 1234 Ethics Training for local public officials that covers SB 967 and its contents including methods by which SSCCC Senators and their constituents may nurture an informed public and foster a safer school environment; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges Senators strongly recommend to their

respective Regions that Associated Student Organizations within their jurisdiction promote the information included in the proposed training and remain supportive in a collective effort to eliminate the fear of and occurrence of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on California Community College campuses.
Whereas Citations:

  1. Text. (n.d.). Retrieved February 5, 2015, from http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB967
  2. AB 1234 Ethics Training for Local Officials. (n.d.). Retrieved February 5, 2015, from http://www.fppc.ca.gov/index.php?id=477 


Fall 2015

Fall 2015, 15-02 Endorsement of the America's College Promise Act

Author: Spencer Hill

Sponsor:  Butte College

Resolution Dispositions: Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, College in the United States is now so expensive that total student debt now totals to 1.3 trillion

dollars (2015), meaning the issue of college affordability is therefore highly important; and,

Whereas, The America’s College Promise Act of 2015 (H. R. 2962) would approve a series of federal grants

delegating 75% of the money required to make United States community college education free; and,

Whereas, Each individual state can qualify for the grants by contributing the remaining 25% of the

requirements; and,

Whereas, Some of California’s Federal Representatives have already cosponsored H. R. 2962.

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges supports H. R. 2962 by advocating to

all California Federal Representatives and California U.S. Senators that they cosponsor the bill; and,

Resolved, That the Student Senate for the California Community Colleges also advocates to the California

State Legislature and Government that the state of California should qualify for the grant if and when the H. R. 2962 is signed into law.

Citation: Student Loans Owned and Securitized, Outstanding. (2015). [Graph of total American student debt since 2007]. FRED Economic Data. Retrieved from https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/SLOAS

Fall 2015, 15-03: Improvement or Implementation of Student Learning Center

Author: Abhirup Saha

Sponsor:  Butte College

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: System Affairs Committee

        Resolve 2: Finance Committee

Whereas, Student Learning Centers are beneficial for the students, as they provide tools for Students to

improve their knowledge and skills; and,

Whereas, one-on-one peer tutoring, peer mentoring, tutor supported computer lab, Supplement Instruction,

group study rooms, and workshops on various topics will support the students and help them in their college life; and,

Whereas, Student Learning Centers will prevent students from dropping out of college and providing

students a much needed help in their classes which in turn will prevent them from having anxiety of doing well in classes ; and,

Whereas, Student Learning Centers will help students do well in their classes, reach their educational goals

successfully and lead them to excel in their careers.

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocates that all California

Community Colleges to create a plan of action for improvement or implementation of Student Learning Centers.

Resolved, it is recommended that, in the best interest of students, the SSCCC explore sources of funding for

the Student Learning Centers.

Fall 2015, 15-04: Expansion of funding of Post-Secondary Education for Foster Youth to all Community College Districts

Author: Abhirup Saha

Sponsor:  Butte College

Resolution Dispositions: Legislative Affairs Committee & System Affairs Committee

Whereas, as per the SB 1023 it allows up to 10 community college districts to come to agreement with Office

of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges for funding in support of postsecondary education for foster youth

Whereas, No Foster youth should be deprived of going to college and completing their post-secondary

education

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocates for expansion of Foster

Youth support to all community college districts.

Fall 2015, 15-06: Online and Distance Education Student Representation

Author: Lexy Brown-Johnson

Sponsor:  American River College

Co-Sponsor: Region II

Resolution Dispositions: Rules and Resolutions Committee

Whereas many colleges offer fully online and distance education degree programs, and

Whereas many local student governments do not allow for calling into board meetings, and

Whereas fully online and distance education students are not being adequately represented, and

Whereas fully online and distance education students do not have a means to serve in local ASO’s who do

not allow teleconferencing, be it

Resolved that the SSCCC shall create a standing committee named “Online and Distance Education Student

Representation” and be it

Resolved that this committee shall focus on bringing the issues that face online and distance education

students to the SSCCC, and be it

Resolved that the committee shall have at least one partially or fully online and distance education students as

a voting member, and be it

Resolved that this resolution shall go into effect immediately.

Fall 2015, 15-08: Fossil Fuel Divestment

Author: Francisco Ferreyra

Sponsor:  De Anza College

Resolution Dispositions: 

Resolves 1 & 3: System Affairs Committee

Resolve 2: Regional Affairs Committee

Resolve 4: Equitable Practices

Whereas, In 2010 the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) signed the Talloires

Declaration, and reaffirmed it in 2014, which establishes environmental sustainability as a top priority for our organization.[1] 

Whereas, Fossil fuel use is the primary source of CO2, human influence on the climate system is clear, and

recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. [2][3]

Whereas, Global climate change threatens humankind through intense weather events, ocean acidification,

prolonged droughts, disrupted agricultural cycles, sea level rise, and more, with a disproportionate effect on developing countries and marginalized communities.[4]

Whereas, More than 400 organizations and 2,000 individuals across the world with $2.6 trillion in assets have

pledged to divest from fossil fuel companies,[5]

Resolved, That the SSCCC calls upon the California Community Colleges system to divest from the 200

highest polluting corporations as compiled by the Fossil Free Indexes and to invest in clean, renewable energy instead.[6] 

Resolved, That the SSCCC calls upon local student senates to pass full fossil fuel divestment resolutions

asking their local California Community College Boards of Trustees or Foundations to divest from the 200 worst polluting corporations.

Resolved, That the SSCCC calls upon the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the

California Community College Board of Governors to fully divest from fossil fuels and implement a position directly related to sustainability.

Resolved, That the SSCCC create and champion a new campaign to realize a “Fossil Free CCC”.


Citation: [1] 1990). University Leaders for a Sustainable Future: Talloires Declaration. http://www.ulsf.org/programs_talloires.html, [2](2014.) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/syr/AR5_SYR_FINAL_SPM.pdf [3] (2015). EPA. http://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/global.html[4] (2015). The Nature Conservancy. http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/urgentissues/global-warming-climate-change/threats-impacts[5](2015). Arabella Advisors.  http://www.arabellaadvisors.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Measuring-the-Growth-of-the-Divestment-Movement.pdf

[6](2015). Fossil Free Indexes. http://fossilfreeindexes.com/research/the-carbon-underground/

Fall 2015, 15-09: Ecological Sustainability Partnership

Author:  Robert Mitchell,

Sponsor:  Victor Valley College

Resolution Dispositions: 

Resolve 1: Regional Affairs Committee

Resolve 2: Communications Committee

Resolve 3:  Events Committee & Equitable Practices Committee  

Whereas California is in the process of innovating the nation and of becoming the first state to have zero

waste by 2020, according to California Integrated Waste Management Board (2015);

Whereas Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) has yet to address and to bring

concerns about ecological sustainability to the local communities that surround the Colleges that make up SSCCC Organization; and

Resolved Community colleges in the (SSCCC) create a partnership with the local waste management, electric,

water, and volunteer services to provide materials, either tangible or electronic;

Resolved Community colleges in the (SSCCC) create a designated place or online database to make these

materials available or display where these materials will be available to their local community members;

Resolved The (SSCCC) are encouraged to host at least one event annually promoting ecologically sustainable

practices.

Citation: California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. (2015). Legislation: Current Priority Bills. Legislative Affairs Office. Washington, D.C.: Author.

Fall 2015, 15-10: Gender Expression Sensitivity Training

Author: Oliver Harvey

Sponsor:  San Diego Miramar College

Resolution Dispositions: Equitable Practices Committee &  System Affairs Committee

Whereas transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming students struggle in school with being

respected and protected equally by faculty with 61% reporting harassment, assault, or expulsion because they are transgender or gender non-conforming, as reported in Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey by National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and

Whereas there is a lack of education and awareness about how to approach gender and sexuality,

Resolved the Student Senate of California Community Colleges, in accordance with the California Education

Code Section 66030, work to create an educationally equitable environment for students of all gender identities by proposing a sensitivity training program for all employees of California community colleges and,

Resolved this training program encompasses gender sensitivity training and,

Resolved the Student Senate of California Community Colleges consults with multiple gender identity

support organizations, such as the National Center for Transgender Equality, in the development of this program.

Citation:  Grant, Jaime M., Lisa A. Mottet, Justin Tanis, Jack Harrison, Jody L. Herman, and Mara Keisling (2011). Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey. Retrieved from http://www.thetaskforce.org/static_html/downloads/reports/reports/ntds_full.pdf

Fall 2015, 15-13: Unit Cap

Author: Christopher Boyle

Sponsor:  Orange Coast College

Resolution Dispositions: 

Resolves 1, 2, & 4: System Affairs Committee

Resolve 3: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, California Senate Bill 1456, known as the Student Success Act of 2012, adopted the

recommendations of the Student Success Task Force which placed a unit cap for enrolled students within a California Community College District at 100 units, the student will lose priority if they exceed the 100 units not including English as a Second Language/ESL or Basic Skills courses;

Whereas, This policy disproportionately impacts Re-Entry students who, for a variety of reasons (e.g. having

a child, entering the workforce, or other life changing circumstances) may have interrupted their educational pursuits, and once returning to college, including a change in major, this unit cap impedes the student’s ability to enroll in the courses necessary to graduate/transfer in a timely manner;

Whereas, This policy also disproportionately impacts Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics

(S.T.E.M.) students, being that S.T.E.M. lower division requirements include unit heavy courses, as well as their prerequisites, which impedes students from gaining enrollment in their most difficult courses on their Student Education Plan which also indirectly hinders a timely transfer;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges works with the California Community

Colleges Chancellor’s Office to implement change regarding the appeal process and recognize that Re-Entry students who work with a counselor to develop, and are subsequently following, an active Student Education Plan and are also in good standing with the Dean of Students, should be liberated from the 100 unit cap recommended by the Student Success Task Force;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges works with the California Community

Colleges Chancellor’s Office to implement change regarding the appeal process and recognize that S.T.E.M. students who work with a counselor to develop, and are subsequently following, an active Student Education Plan and are also in good standing with the Dean of Students, should be liberated from the 100 unit cap recommended by the Student Success Task Force;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourage local Associated Student

Organizations to work with their respective District Board and Campus Administrators on campus policies, including the on-campus appeal process, pertaining to the regulations set forth by the unit cap initiated by the Student Success Task Force that place further burden on Re-Entry and S.T.E.M. students.

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges work with the Chancellor's Office to

develop an ongoing list of potential high unit majors for consideration that the affected students shall be liberated from the 100 unit cap, which was recommended by the Student Success Task Force, if they have filed an active Student Education Plan (SEP) with a counselor and are subsequently following that SEP, and are additionally in good standing with the Dean of Students.

Citation: California Senate Bill Number 1143, (2010) (enacted). Retrieved from http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/sen/sb_1101-1150/sb_1143_bill_20100928_chaptered.pdf

California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. (2012). Student Success Task Force Final Report. Retrieved from http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/PolicyinAction/StudentSuccessTaskForce.aspx

Fall 2015, 15-18: SSCCC Smoke Free & Tobacco Free Campuses

Author: Marlene Hurd & Diona Shelbourne

Sponsor:  SSCCC Black Caucus of the California Community Colleges

Resolution Dispositions: Legislative Affairs Committee & System Affairs Committee

Whereas, in the United States of America tobacco use is responsible for about one in five deaths annually

(i.e., about 443,000 deaths per year, and an estimated 49,000 of these tobacco-related deaths are the result of secondhand smoke exposure)1; and

Whereas, the Environmental Protection Agency has designated secondhand smoke to be a Group A

carcinogen, where there is sufficient evidence that the substance causes cancer in humans and the Surgeon General has established that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure to people with and without medical conditions such as asthma, allergies, and other chronic illness experience worsening health outcomes as a result of smoke exposure3; and

Whereas, tobacco smoke outside of campus buildings can be drawn in through ventilation intakes and/or

open doors and windows, and students, staff, faculty and guests should be able to walk through campus and enter their respective buildings free of exposure to tobacco smoke.2 To date 1,577 colleges and universities in the United States alone have become tobacco or smoke-free campuses5; and 100% smoke-free campus policies have been shown to be an effective intervention in reducing tobacco use among college students6; smoking remnants litter campus building entrances and increases the amount of time, labor and costs spent cleaning and,

Whereas, this tobacco-free policy also applies to the use of e-cigarettes and other aerosolized nicotine or

tobacco products also known as “electronic nicotine delivery systems or ENDS”. “In extensive, the American Lung Association called on the Obama Administration to finalize this regulation so that all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, can be subject to basic FDA oversight”.

Resolved that Student Senate of the California Community Colleges (hereinafter referred to as SSCCC)

endorse that all California Community Colleges to explore adopting smoking areas (with minimal student body foot traffic) or smoke and tobacco-free policies for all its campuses. "Tobacco-Free" is defined as the the use of cigarettes, pipes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, Snus, and other tobacco products.

Resolved, that this tobacco-free policy also applies to the use of e-cigarettes and other aerosolized nicotine or

tobacco products.

Resolved, that SSCCC advocates that smoking cessation programs be widely available to students, staff, and

faculty. The issue of implementation and enforcement should be addressed at the local community college level with respect and concern for student financial well-being.

Resolved, that all students, faculty, and staff share in the responsibility for adhering to and making this policy

successful.

Citation:

1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking ¬ — 50 Years of Progress A

Report of the Surgeon General. US Centers Dis Control Prev. 2014.

2. Zeise L, Dunn A, Donald J, et al. Respiratory health effects of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. Calif Environ Prot

Agency. 2003;8(2):131-139. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18815714.

3. Services H. The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke A Report of the Surgeon General.

4. Sawdey M, Lindsay RP, Novotny TE. Smoke-free college campuses: no ifs, ands or toxic butts. Tob Control. 2011;20.

5. American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. Smokefree and Tobacco - Free U . S . and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

2014. http://www.no-smoke.org/pdf/smokefreecollegesuniversities.pdf.

6. Seo D, Macy J, Torabi M, Middlestadt S. The effect of a smoke-free campus policy on college students’ smoking behaviors

and attitude. Prev Med (Baltim). 2011;(53):347-352. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.07.015.

7. Stakeholder Letter: Regulation of E-Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products, April 25, 2011,

http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/publichealthfocus/ucm252360.htm Center for Tobacco Products and Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, “Stakeholder Letter: Regulation of E Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, April 25, 2011, accessed 2014

8. America Lung Association Statement on E-Cigarettes http://www.lung.org/our-

initiatives/tobacco/oversight-and-regulation/statement-on-e-cigarettes.html American Lung Association Letter to the FDA
http://www.lung.org/assets/documents/advocacy-archive/comments-to-fda-from-partners.pdf

Fall 2015, 15-19: Multi-Stalled All-Gender Restrooms

Author: Vron Vance

Sponsor: Miramar College

Co-Sponsor: Region X

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee & Equitable Practices Committee

Whereas there is a lack of accessible gender-neutral restrooms across California community college campuses

and the majority of available gender-neutral restrooms are single-stall, causing students who need to use these restrooms to wait to use them, taking away from time spent working on school, and

Whereas, transgender students are at a high risk of violence when using the restroom, with 55% avoiding

restrooms at school out of fear of harassment in all levels of schooling and 20% in higher education being denied access to restrooms because of their gender identity or expression, as stated in Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey by National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and

Whereas, there is an inequality in the treatment of transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming

students when they have more restrictions around which restrooms they can use which violates section 66010.2 part c of the California Education Code by not establishing an environment where all students can reach their full potential,

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for an issuance of an equal

standard for gendered and non-gendered restrooms across the state,

Resolved, that the standard of all-gender restrooms include ADA certified accessibility, appropriate and

inclusive signage, and that at least one all-gender restroom meeting these criteria per pair of Men’s/Women’s restrooms in each new building constructed on California community colleges campuses and old buildings where feasible as determined by each campuses’ Facilities Planning Committee or an equivalent committee.

Resolved, that all urinals be converted to stalls for any multi stalled gender-neutral bathrooms.

Citation: Grant, Jaime M., Lisa A. Mottet, Justin Tanis, Jack Harrison, Jody L. Herman, and Mara Keisling (2011). Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey. Retrieved from http://www.thetaskforce.org/static_html/downloads/reports/reports/ntds_full.pdf

Fall 2015, 15-20: Inclusive Language in California Education Code

Author: Oliver Harvey

Sponsor:  San Diego Miramar College

Co-Sponsor: Region X

Resolution Dispositions: 

Resolves 1 & 2: Deemed Infeasible

Resolve 3: Equitable Practices Committee

Whereas, the current language used in the California Education Code and other laws protecting students is

the outdated terminology “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender” or “LGBT” used to refer to marginalized gender, sexual, and romantic identities, and

Whereas, there are several identities being recognized around the world that do not fall under this

terminology, such as the Gender Equality Resource Center at UC Berkeley and their recognition of pansexual, omnisexual, genderqueer, etc, and Australia’s recognition of non-binary and intersex individuals on passports, and

Whereas, exclusion of anyone based on gender in the laws protecting students is a violation of Section 66251

of the California Education Code and the Equity in Higher Education Act, which states that no student should be discriminated against based on gender, as it leaves students who are not addressed by outdated terminology exposed under the law,

Resolved, that the Student Senate of California Community Colleges encourage a departure from the

outdated terminology and replace it with the inclusive terminology in all new legislation: "all gender, sexual, and romantic identities and orientations", at the state and federal level, and

Resolved, that the Student Senate of California Community Colleges endorse revisions of existing code that

replace the outdated terminology with the inclusive terminology mentioned above, and

Resolved, that the Student Senate of California Community Colleges advocate for students of all gender,

sexual, and romantic identities and orientations to be protected from acts of violence, discrimination, and intolerance under the law.

Fall 2015, 15-22: Establishment of Undocumented Student Service Centers at Community Colleges that are Identified as Hispanic Serving Institutions

Author: Olivia Light

Sponsor: Miramar College

Co-Sponsor: Region X

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee & Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, According to the U.S. Department of Education, a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) is defined as

an institution of higher education that: (a) is an eligible institution; and (b) has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic students at the end of the award year immediately preceding the date of application; (US Dept. of Education, Title V)

Whereas, Existing law requires the Student Aid Commission to establish procedures and forms that enable

students who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition because they meet specified residency requirements, or who meet equivalent requirements adopted by the regents, to apply for, and participate in, all student financial aid programs administered by the state to the full extent permitted by federal law; (CA SB 247, 2015)

Whereas, SB 247, Dream Centers: Educational Support Services as introduced by Senator Ricardo Lara

authorizes the governing board of each school district or county office of education that maintains any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive, the governing board of each community college district, and the Trustees of the California State University to establish, and would encourage the Regents of the University of California to establish, on-campus Dream Centers to provide information to undocumented pupils and students about educational support services; (CA SB 247, 2015)

Whereas; Section 1. Chapter 20, Section 11900 was added to Part 7 of Division 1 of Title I of the Education

Code, to read: The governing board of each school district or county office of education that maintains any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive, the governing board of each community college district, and the Trustees of the California State University may establish, and the Regents of the University of California are encouraged to establish, on-campus Dream Centers to provide information to undocumented pupils and students about educational support services, including, but not limited to, the financial aid application established by the Student Aid Commission pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 69508.5, known as the Dream Act Application; (CA SB 247, 2015)

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) consider the establishment of

Undocumented Student Service Centers (Dream Centers) at all (HSIs) in the State of California.

Fall 2015, 15-23: Harnessing the Power of the 2.1

Author: David Alsop

Sponsor:  Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Co-Sponsor: Region VII

Resolution Dispositions: Regional Affairs Committee & Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas: There are more than 2.1 million California Community College students

Whereas: California Community College students often attend college and have jobs        

Whereas: California Community College students in their busy lives sometimes does not have time to make it

their local polling station to vote

Resolved: The SSCCC urge that every California Community College campus be a polling station for every

Federal, State and Local election and utilize resources to register students in absentee ballot registration

Fall 2015, 15- 25: Larry Itliong Day

Author: Mara Javines

Sponsor:  Antelope Valley College

Co-Sponsor: Region VI 

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: Executive Committee

        Resolve 2 & 3: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Larry Itliong, a Filipino immigrant born October 25, 1913, was among Cesar Chavez, Dolores

Huerta, and Philip Vera Cruz in making significant strides for California and the United States through his contributions in their collective fight for equal opportunity, labor rights and justice (Brown, 2012),
Whereas, earlier this year, the State of California has recognized October 25 as Larry Itliong Day in

recognition of aforementioned contributions,

Whereas, AB 7, a bill that encourages all public schools and educational institutions to conduct

commemorative exercises that honor the life and accomplishments of Larry Itliong, was signed into law in 2015 by Governor Jerry Brown (Bonta, 2014),

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges recognizes October 25 as Larry Itliong

Day,
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourage all California community

colleges’ administrations and governing boards to recognize Larry Itliong Day as an official day of observance on college campuses, and

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourage associated student

organizations to advocate for the recognition of Larry Itliong Day on their college campuses.

Citation: Bonta, R., Alejo, L., & Eggman, S. (2014, December 1). California Legislature, Assembly Bill No.7. Retrieved October 2, 2015. Brown, P. (2012, October 18). Forgotten Hero of Labor Fight; His Son’s Lonely Quest. Retrieved October 2, 2015. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/19/us/larry-itliong-forgotten-filipino-labor-leader.html?_r=0

Fall 2015, 15-26: Undocumented Student Success

Author: Anthony Raya

Sponsor: Region IX

Resolution Dispositions: 

Resolves 1 & 2: System Affairs Committee

Resolve 3: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, the colleges of SSCCC embrace all students, regardless of citizenship, in support of their

educational aspirations; and,

Whereas, the colleges of SSCCC have the responsibility to protect and promote academic achievement among

each of their students; and,

Whereas, the success of each of the Community Colleges in California depends on students that are ready to

learn, educators and support staff with high expectations of success, and communities that demand completion of educational goals; and,

Whereas, the SSCCC affirms that students should not be punished for their immigration status, but instead,

should be supported and encouraged in their pursuit of educational success;

Resolved, the SSCCC encourages the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges to embrace

and formally support Assembly Bill 1366, which will allow the creation of Dream Resource Centers that would provide support services, including state financial-aid, academic counseling, peer support services, psychological counseling, referral services, and legal services; and,

 Resolved, the SSCCC encourages the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, and the President or

Chancellor of each community college in California, to incorporate support for undocumented student success into their annual institutional plans; and,

Resolved, the SSCCC invites students, teachers, educators, and support staff to assist in the dissemination of

information and resources that aids undocumented students in attaining the financial security and legal immigration status essential for academic success.

Fall 2015, 15-27: Student Mental Health Support System

Author: Tyler Mendel

Sponsor:  Region IX

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: Complete

        Resolve 2: System Affairs Committee

Whereas, an average of 17% of community college students have used community college counseling and

mental health services or been referred to similar services (calMHSA, 2013);

Whereas, students of higher education systems (CCC, CSU, and UC) have reported academic diminishment

due to anxiety or depression (calMHSA, 2013); and

Whereas, only 54% of community college faculty and staff affirm that their campus provided adequate mental

health services for students (calMHSA, 2013);

Whereas, the state of California has yet to allocate funds in support of mental health services at community

colleges (California Community Colleges);

Resolved, the SSCCC encourages the California Legislature to draft a bill in support of the growth and

development of mental health programs at colleges and universities around the state;

Resolved, the SSCCC encourages the Department of Health Care Services to increase its cooperation with

California Community College Mental Health Services (MHS) in support of community college, on-campus health services.

Citation: calMHSA Student Mental Health Campus-Wide Survey. (2013)

http://www.cccstudentmentalhealth.org/docs/evaluation/CalMHSA_SMH_Campus_Wide_Survery_2013_Report.pdf California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

extranet.cccco.edu/Divisions/StudentsServices/MentalHealthServices/Allocations.aspx

Fall 2015, 15-29: Ensuring the Academic Success of California’s Homeless Youth

Authors:  Alex Galeana & Francisco Ferreyra

Sponsor:  Region IV

Resolution Dispositions: 

Resolves 1, 2, & 3: Legislative Affairs Committee

Resolve 4: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, While many services exist for foster person and former foster person, homeless person are often

not documented in the child welfare system or legally identified as dependents (California Homeless Youth Project);

Whereas, California’s rate of homeless persons is not only the highest in the nation, but is also double the

national average (California Homeless Youth Project). Furthermore, in 2013 there was a recorded 46,964 homeless persons out on a single night in California, where 80% of them were between the ages of 18­-24 (Foster);

Whereas, It is in California’s best interest to invest in their homeless persons by giving them the resources

necessary to attain a higher education. Giving them this opportunity can facilitate their ability to attain sustainable employment, therefore mitigating the cycle of poverty within California;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for legislation that requires

California’s community colleges to extend priority enrollment to current and former homeless persons.

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges to advocate for legislation that requires

California’s community colleges to designate an existing staff member within a campus’ financial aid office, or other qualifying department, to serve as a Homeless Person Liaison. These liaisons will be responsible for understanding the federal Higher Education provisions on financial aid eligibility applicable to foster persons and homeless persons and assist the aforementioned students in applying for and receiving federal and state financial aid and services.

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges realize this by working with

California’s policymakers to introduce legislation that would implement the aforementioned objectives.

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourage their regions to advocate

for the aforementioned legislation by organizing legislative visits, phone banking efforts, letter writing campaigns and testifying at committee hearings.

Citation: Foster, L. (2010). Estimating California Homeless Youth Population. Retrieved from

http://cahomelessyouth.library.ca.gov/docs/pdf/HomelessYouthPopEstimateReport.pdf

California Homeless Youth Project (2014). California’s Homeless Students: A Growing

Population. Retrieved from

http://cahomelessyouth.library.ca.gov/docs/pdf/CaliforniasHomelessStudents_AGrowing Population.pdf

Fall 2015, 15-30: Heads Up College Promise 

Author: Javier Taylor

Sponsor:  Mt. San Jacinto College

Resolution Dispositions: Legislative Affairs

Whereas: The Student Senate for California Community Colleges is aware that the number of BOG waiver

recipients has increased over the years. However, a need for the underserved population still exists.

Whereas:  The Student Senate for California Community Colleges is aware that the college dropout rate due

to the inability to pay for fees is 60% (College statistics).

Resolved: The Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourages The Department of Education

and the Department of Labor to support the Heads Up America Initiative.

Citation: Statistics of a College Dropout. (2015, October 14.) Retrieved 16, 2015.

http://www.collegeatlas.org/college-dropout.html

Fall 2015, 15-31: Sustainability  

Author: Diana Medina

Sponsor:  Mt. San Jacinto College

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: System Affairs Committee

        Resolve 2: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, If carbon emissions are not addressed, the probability of a super drought occurring is almost

inevitable.

Whereas, California community colleges have been stagnant in implementing effective systems that conserve

energy on campuses.

Resolved, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges calls upon California Energy Commission

and California Environmental Protection Agency to fund renewable energy for California community colleges .  

Resolved, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges seeks support from all community colleges

concerning renewable energy awareness.

Citation: Ben Brumfield. (Risk of American megadoughts’ for decades, NSA warns.) Cable News Cables, 2015. Online. 10 Oct. 2015.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/14/us/nasa-study-western-megadrought/

Fall 2015, 15-32: Mental Health

Author: Genesis Ariel Iniguez

Sponsor: Mt. San Jacinto College

Resolution Dispositions: Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, Access to mental health centers promotes campus safety on California Community College

campuses.

Whereas, Among college students the second leading cause of death is suicide, however, 90% of those

individuals suffered from a treatable mental illness.

Resolved, The Student Senate for Community Colleges urges the California Legislature to create a bill

mandating that all California Community Colleges be held responsible for providing Mental Health Centers

Citation: (Understanding Suicide.) American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2015. Online. 10 Oct. 2015. https://www.afsp.org/research

Fall 2015, 15- 33: Scantron Vending Machines

Author: Eduardo De La Rosa

Sponsor: Cerritos College

Co-Sponsor: Region VIII

Resolution Dispositions: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas scantrons are required to take exams on many campuses throughout the state and,

Whereas students sometimes have difficulty getting scantrons and supplies required to take exams because

availability is sometimes limited to the hours of operation associated with the bookstore of our campuses and,

Whereas Campuses like Fullerton, Citrus and other colleges already using the services of scantron vending

machines and,

Whereas having a vending machine that sells school supplies to all students at all times, helps to promote

student equity.

Resolved that the SSCCC will advocate for ASOs to implement vending machines with scantrons on their

campuses and,

Resolved that these vending machines will contain but not be limited to school supplies like scantrons, blue

books, pencils, pens, highlighters, erasers etc. and,

Resolved that the SSCCC gather information from ASOs about costs, vendors, locations and other pertinent

information to make this information available to the public and,

Resolved ASOs can work with their region to provide and/or request information regarding scantron

vending machines on their campuses.

Fall 2015, 15-34: Gender Neutral Bathroom Implementation

Author: Abhirup Saha

Sponsor:  College of the Siskiyous

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee, Legislative Affairs Committee, & Equitable Practices Committee

Whereas, traumatic experiences such as violence, sexual assault and sexual abuse often cause victims to

experience trauma and suicidal tendencies; and,

Whereas, other issues such as bullying and harassment of college students causes them to become stressed, as

well as make them more likely take strong action like suicide if the issue is left unchecked; and,

Whereas, mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and stress decrease a student’s capacity to function

at their fullest potential; and,

Whereas, certain colleges have already instituted a Gender Neutral Bathrooms policy to prevent students

from facing abuse, stalking, harassment and sexual assault.

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges supports the establishment and funding

of Gender Neutral Bathrooms across campuses, so as to improve the mental and physical well-being and functionality of all students.

Resolved, it is recommended that, in the best interest of students, the SSCCC explore sources of funding for

the Gender Neutral Bathrooms.

Fall 2015, 15-37: Administrative AS Support and Responsibilities

Author:  Ryan A. Navarrete

Sponsor: Los Angeles Trade-Technical College

Co-Sponsor:  Region VII

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolves 1 & 2: Regional Affairs Committee

        Resolves 3 & 4: Finance Committee

Whereas, Often times an AS has had issues with their advisor and the administration had failed to address

their concern.

Whereas, several AS complain of not having administrative support, such as proper training, team-building

exercises, and a hostile work environment.

Whereas, Some AS felt the administration did not provide an accurate or detailed overview of the AS budget

in a timely manner when requested by that AS.

Whereas, often there some type of mismanagement of AS funds in the Business Office in which they do not

follow the correct policies or procedures, nor using the best practices in handling money. Along with that there has been a college in which there was a finding of commingling funds of different line items.

Resolved, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) advocates on the behalf of the AS

to the advisor and the administration to resolve issues.

Resolved, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) urges the administration to create

a professional and supportive work environment for the AS and to encourage leadership and teamwork amongst the AS and with administration.

Resolved, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) urges administration to provide

an accurate and detailed overview of the AS budget in a timely manner when requested by that AS.

Resolved, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) urges the college that do not

follow the correct policies or procedures, nor using the best of practices in handling money have an external audit.

Citation: LATTC ASO board 2014/2015, April 30 LATTC ASO meeting minutes, LATTC LACCD Internal Audit, LACCD Audit Memo, Statements of complaints by LATTC ASO 2013-2014,

A check unofficially made by LATTC ASO for an unknown reason made in order of 1, 460.60

Final ASO audit, LATTC ASO and Bylaws

Fall 2015, 15-38: Baby Changing Stations and Family Restrooms

Author:  Romel Lopez

Sponsor:  East Los Angeles Community College

Co-Sponsor: Region VII

Resolution Dispositions: Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, According to Pew Research Center Social Demographic trends “The number of single father

households has increased about nine fold since 1960, from less than 300,000 to more than 2.6 million in 2011”. Baby changing tables are not equally available or provided regardless of the gender for which the restroom facilities are designed

Whereas, In California, two bills that would mandate equal access to changing stations in new public

restrooms have been passed by the state Senate, and are awaiting hearings in the state Assembly. As of now, there are no states or federal laws that protect a man's right to diaper duty. The first measure, Senate Bill 1358, would require public facilities to make sure there are changing stations “accessible to both men and women

 Whereas, Senate Bill 1350  doesn’t require public buildings to go back and add changing stations to existing

bathrooms, but specifies that changing tables should be “equally available or  provided regardless of the gender for which the restroom facilities are designed” if they’re being added in the future. According to national health statistics Approximately 90 percent of dads who live with their kids say that they bathe, change diapers or dress their children either daily or several times each week.

Whereas, The addition of equal  baby changing stations in all restrooms in community colleges will make the

campus more student friendly to the student who are fathers  that  bring their children on campus.  

Resolved, that SSCCC should support any and all current or future legislation a state wide policy to mandate

baby changing stations in all restrooms and or adding family restrooms across public to include community colleges.

Fall 2015, 15-39: California Student Aid Commission Representation

Author: Victor Costa

Sponsor:  City College of San Francisco

Resolution Dispositions: Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, the California Student Aid Commission is composed of the 15 members from various special

interest groups including the postsecondary educational systems, appointments by the Governor, and the State Legislature.

Whereas, California Education Code, section 69510, subsection D states, “Two members each of whom shall

be a student enrolled in a California postsecondary educational institution at the time of appointment, and shall be enrolled in a California postsecondary educational institution for the duration of the term. A student member who graduates from an institution with no more than six months of his or her term remaining shall be permitted to serve for the remainder of the term.”

Whereas, this creates a hindrance in the representation of the California Community College system by only

providing two available spots between the current postsecondary educational systems in the state of California, that pits us against one another for those appointments.

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate to amend California

Education Code, Section 69519 through 69519, to allow proper student representation for all postsecondary educational systems, including, but not limited to, increasing the number of student appointments to the California Student Aid Commission.


Spring 2016

Spring 2016, 16-01: Committee Regular Meeting Schedule

Author:  Tami Dunning

Sponsor:  American River College

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: Executive Committee

        Resolve 2: Communications Committee

Whereas, the SSCCC has 12 standing committees that must have at least one meeting per month; and

Whereas, the committee meetings are primarily by teleconference; and

Whereas, the dates and times of those meetings are not consistent and are often Special Meetings with only

24 hour notice given; and

Whereas the selection of SSCCC Committee chairs, that are not mandated in the governing documents, are

selected at the first meeting of the new term in July; be it

Resolved, that the SSCCC committee chairs establish a monthly regular meeting day and time for each

committee no later than the August and February SSCCC council meetings; and be it

Resolved, the committee regular monthly meeting day and time be placed on the SSCCC website allowing

students to better plan to attend meetings and be involved in the activities of the committees.

Spring 2016, 16-02: Parliamentarian Opinion

Author: Tami Dunning

Sponsor: American River College

Resolution Dispositions: Executive Committee & Rules and Resolutions Committee

Whereas, “All meetings of the SSCCC shall be conducted according to the current edition of Robert’s Rules

of Order.”1 ; and

Whereas, a Parliamentarian is employed to attend each General Assembly and SSCCC council meetings; and

Whereas, the Parliamentarian advises the Chair on proper parliamentary procedure; and

Whereas, the Chair makes a ruling after consulting with the Parliamentarian; be it

Resolved, that the opinion of the Parliamentarian is announced to the body prior to the ruling of the Chair on

any questions posed to the Parliamentarian during all SSCCC meetings and General Assembly.

Citation: 1 SSCCC Constitution. (2012, October 12). Retrieved February 11, 2016, from

http://www.studentsenateccc.org/Portals/1/SSCCC Constitution.pdf

Spring 2016, 16-03: Implementation of a Non-Denominational Meditation/Prayer Space

Author: Nooria Munir

Sponsor: Sierra College

Resolution Dispositions: Regional Affairs Committee & Equitable Practices Committee

Whereas, the implementation of a designated quiet and safe space helps encourage awareness of the mental

and physical health risks associated with stressful situations on college campuses

Whereas, the establishment of a designated quiet and safe space serves to recognize the religious and spiritual

needs and diversity among all students and staff

Resolved, that the SSCCC assists and encourages colleges and Associated Student Organizations (ASOs) with

the implementation of a designated quiet and safe space on all California Community College Campuses so that they are available for use of meditation and/or worship for all students, faculty, and staff who come from various backgrounds, religions, and beliefs.

Resolved, that the SSCCC empowers ASO’s at all California Community Colleges to enact this resolution

immediately, with any effective date(s), and by any committee(s) that it may be referred to for action.

Citations: “10 Colleges With Impressive Meditation Spaces.” The Best Colleges. n.p, n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2016.

“Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Space.” Diversity at NC State University. NC State, n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2016.

Spring 2016, 16-05: Priority Registration for Student Government Officers

Author: Omar E. Huerta & Jesse Foster

Sponsor: Woodland Community College

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee & Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, student government officers are volunteers that benefit the college and the student body by their

labor,
Whereas, currently, student government officers do not have priority registration, though student athletes

across the California Community College system receive priority registration due to their special scheduling needs and their contribution to the colleges,

Whereas, student government officers also have special registration needs due to their additional

responsibilities,
Whereas, all student government officers are expected to contribute the same amount of hours per week

regardless of their position, be it

Resolved, that the SSCCC shall advocate for the implementation of a priority registration date for all eligible

student government officers in the California Community College system with the eligibility determined by the rules and guidelines to be set by the college’s Vice President of Student Services and/or ASO Advisor, their designee, or its equivalent.

Spring 2016, 16-06: Resolution to Support Paid Part-Time Faculty Office Hours

Author: Evan Esparza

Sponsor: Cuyamaca Community College

Resolution Dispositions: Legislative Affairs Committee


Whereas, promoting the quality of higher education is a priority of the Student Senates of California

Community Colleges (SSCCC); over the last six years, the number of students either earning a two-year degree at a California community college, or transferring to a four-year institution has fallen by 2.6%; studies at the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute show this is a direct result of the inequalities that currently exist between part-time and full-time instructors; part-time faculty are highly trained professionals who hold the same degree qualifications, possess the same subject matter expertise, and deliver the same instructional services as full-time faculty; part-time faculty teach 70 – 80% of all college classes, and part-time faculty receive only 50 – 60% of the financial compensation earned by full-time faculty on a per class basis and,

Whereas, this inherent inequality compels many part-time faculty members to work at multiple institutions of

higher learning, thus limiting their availability to students outside of classroom instructional hours; part-time faculty are regularly and systematically denied pay for office hours by institutions of higher learning which routinely fund office hours for full-time faculty; this negatively impacts student success, retention, degree-earning, transfer, and graduation rates and,

Whereas, it is of vital urgency that California lawmakers improve the quality of higher education in our state;

the state of California has made student success and equitable practices in education a priority though the Student Success and Support Program (SSSP); state Education Code Section 78220 in support of SSSP seeks “to ensure equal educational opportunities and to promote student success for all students”; the values of fairness and opportunity articulated in Education Code Section 78220 in the name of student success ought to be applied as broadly as possible in support of the educational mission of community colleges; the statewide number of full-time equivalent temporary, part-time faculty currently stands at 16,607 in our community colleges and, each full-time equivalent faculty member should be required to hold five office hours per week to support student success and further the educational mission of our colleges and,

Whereas, the statewide average non-classroom rate of pay for part-time faculty is $40.90 per hour, which

means that fully funding office hours for part-time faculty would require $118,864,602, and reasonable and measured progress toward the full funding could be achieved by funding within the next fiscal year approximately 25% of this need,

Resolved, that SSCCC urge California lawmakers to provide, within the next fiscal year, $30 million to

increase the categorical fund that already exists in the state budget to additionally fund paid office hours for part-time faculty.

Spring 2016, 16-07: Promotion of the Establishment of NAACP College Division Chapters

Author: Tylar Campbell

Sponsor: Region X

Resolution Dispositions: Regional Affairs Committee & Equitable Practices Committee


Whereas, The purpose of the Associated Student leadership is to represent all regularly enrolled students of

their respective community colleges in all matters relating to shared student governance. The NAACP is the only major civil rights organization which encourages young people to participate fully in all aspects of its structure, including membership on the National Board of Directors;

Whereas, Virtually every black American leader, public and private, local and national, learned the spirit of

public service and the techniques of leadership through the NAACP youth units including Roy Wilkins, Rosa Parks, Vernon Jordan, Julian Bond, Andrew Young, Patricia Harris, Thurgood Marshall, Ralph Bunche, Dr. Ronald Walters;  

Whereas, Today there are over 600 NAACP Youth Councils, High School Chapters and College Chapters

actively involved in social justice advocacy, addressing local issues as well as a national agenda made up of problems including: Education, Economic Empowerment, Health, Juvenile Justice, and Civic Engagement;

Whereas, The division pursues with vigor four basic objectives: (1) to inform youth of the problems affecting

black and other minority groups; (2) to advance the economic, educational, social and political status of black people and other minority groups; (3) to stimulate an appreciation of the black contribution to civilization; and (4) to develop an intelligent and militant youth leadership through devising, working out and pursuing local programs;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) promote the establishment of

NAACP College Division Chapters at all community colleges in the State of California.

Citations: http://www.naacp.org/pages/youth-college-membership-and-structure
http://www.naacp.org/pages/youth-college-our-mission-and-objectives
http://www.naacp.org/pages/history-of-the-naacp-youth-college-division
http://www.naacp.org/programs/entry/youth-and-college

Spring 2016, 16-08: Veterans Issues

Author: Ali Asghar

Sponsor: Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolves 1, 2, & 3: System Affairs Committee

        Resolve 4: Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, there are approximately 2.2 million veterans in the state of California. There are 476 veterans who

are actively using their GI benefits on Los Angeles Pierce College, and

Whereas, the veteran students of Los Angeles Pierce College have been yearning for a veteran’s resource

center on campus for over three years, and

Whereas, hundreds of veterans have had holds placed on to their LACCD student accounts and have had to

pay for classes and textbooks out of their own pocket, and

Whereas, the Business Office and the Veteran’s Administration argue whose fault it is in regards to the

erroneous charges on the Veteran students; be it

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for the veteran constituency;

and be it

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for veteran resource centers

and veteran center liaisons across our state, and that the Chancellor's Office of California Community Colleges investigate the business practices of each California Community College in terms of its dealings with the VA; and be it

Resolved, that the Chancellor's Office of California Community Colleges conduct an audit of every college

and its business practices with veterans.

Resolved, that the External Affairs Committee of the SSCCC advocate for veterans as one of their top 5

priorities for the 2016-2017 California legislative cycle.

Spring 2016, 16-09: Establishing Veteran Resource Centers (VRCs)

Author: William Newell

Sponsor: Region X

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1 & 2: Regional Affairs Committee

        Resolve 3: System Affairs Committee

Whereas, student veterans may find it difficult to readjust to civilian life due to traumatic physical and

psychological experiences incurred while serving;

Whereas, student veterans often seek a place of comfort and reassurance at certain times of the day in an area

with minimal disturbances; and

Whereas, many California Community College campuses do not have an established and/or recognized

Veterans Resource Center (VRC) where student veterans may find support and tranquility; be it

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges will work in collaboration with Local

Associated Student Organizations and their respective college administrations to identify and establish an area on each CCC campus that is clean, placid, and easily accessible for current and former student veterans, active duty members, and their dependents to receive academic and emotional support; and be it

Resolved, that each ASO is encouraged to work with their respective Student Veteran Organizations, or (in

their lack of such an organization) their Student Veteran Population, in the establishment of Veteran Resource Centers; and be it

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourage California community

college’s administrators to hire full time staff to adequately maintain the Veteran’s Resource Programs/Centers.

Spring 2016, 16-10: Carpool Incentive

Author: Robby Burke

Sponsor: Bakersfield College

Resolution Dispositions: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, 76 percent of Americans commute to work alone, and parking passes is an expense for students on

most California Community College campuses; (US Census Bureau, 2014); and

Whereas, there is a consensus that anthropogenic greenhouse emissions impact the global climate and that

transportation contributes 31 percent of U.S. CO2 emissions (J. Cook, et al, 2013) (U.S. EPA, 2016); and

Whereas, carpooling has the ability to reduce per person gas cost and the potential to reduce per person

carbon emissions by about 1/3 from commuting to and from school (Sightline Institute, 2008); and

Whereas, California Community Colleges should incentivize their large student population to carpool and

promote the benefits of carpooling; be it

Resolved, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges will ask its member colleges to implement a

program offering discounted parking passes when two or more people purchase a parking pass for a car with the intent of carpooling; and be it

Resolved, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges will motivate its member colleges to reserve

closer parking spots for carpools; and be it

Resolved, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges will encourage its member colleges to

coordinate on the building, implementation, and promotion of a ride sharing app for California Community Colleges.

Citations:J. Cook, et al, "Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature,"Environmental Research Letters Vol. 8 No. 2, (June 2013);

U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 American Community Survey, Table B08301

How Low-Carbon Can You Go: The Green Travel Ranking. (n.d.). Retrieved March 20, 2016, from http://www.sightline.org/maps-and-graphics/climate-co2bymode/

Spring 2016, 16-11: Campus Safety Day 

Author: Melody Jimenez, Miguel Guerrero, & Ansel Chan

Sponsor: Region II

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolve 1: Legislative Affairs Committee

        Resolves 2 & 3: System Affairs Committee

        Resolve 4: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) study of active shooter incidents in the United States

between 2000 - 2013, has identified educational institutes as the second highest location of shooter incidents in the country. College campus emergencies, such as campus shootings and stabbings, have also been more frequent in the past year.

Whereas, the primary legislation that exists in regards to safety on college campuses (the Clery Act) only

serves to inform students and their families of crime related incidents on campuses

Whereas, there needs to a vigilant, safe, and caring atmosphere in which safety awareness is a priority and not

an afterthought for all students

Whereas, allocation and deployment of resourceful personnel to strengthen community college and public

security with knowledge, awareness, and training will help students, faculty, and members of the public prepare in response to an emergency situation. This outreach is essential in empowering California citizens to be proactive in handling crisis situations on and off campus.

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, advocate on behalf of the 2.1 million

community college students to the California State Legislature to introduce and accelerate the concept and feasibility of a safety bill introduced within legislature,

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, advocate to, or encourage the 113

Community Colleges within California to advocate to the Board of Governors on the introduction of the concept of Campus Safety Awareness and explore the feasibility for an implementation of a safety plan within their policies,

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, encourage the 113 Community

Colleges within California to introduce and advocate the concept of Campus Safety Awareness to each college's corresponding district's Board of Trustees as a growing concern and explore the feasibility of implementing related plan/policy within their district.

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, urge local ASOs to start an optional

campus safety awareness day in their local college campuses to promote emergency readiness and preparation for any future contingencies, and urge local public services to volunteer and dedicate their time to share an overview of their local services and provide helpful tips as well as demonstrations on safety awareness and crisis prevention.

Citation: https://www.fbi.gov/about­us/office­of­partner­engagement/active­shooter­incidents/a­study­of­active­shooter­incidents­in­the­u.s.­2000­2013 http://clerycenter.org/jeanne­clery­act

Spring 2016, 16-13: The General Assembly Fairness and Affordability Policy

Authors: Gerald Sirotnak & Tami Dunning

Sponsor: Region II

Resolution Dispositions: Events Committee

Whereas, the General Assembly should be advertised well in advance to allow maximum participation; and,

Whereas, the California Community College’s Chancellor's Office has discontinued allowing the Student

Senate of California Community Colleges to use hotels to host General Assemblies; and, the Student Senate for California Community colleges may only hold General Assembly in conference or convention centers and not in hotels,

Whereas, the lack of conference centers and conventions centers that are willing to work with a state contract

has raised issues in finding locations within current specified guidelines; and,

Whereas, the guidelines currently in place will force the General Assembly Planning Committee and Student

Senate Council to pick more expensive venues and locations, that could result in the cost of registration being increased again.  

Resolved, the General Assemblies shall be held in Regions I - VI or Regions IV - X on an alternating basis.

Resolved, the Fall and Spring General Assemblies shall not be held within 100 miles of the directly previous

General Assembly.

Resolved, only in cases where no conference center or convention center will accept a contract within budget

will the Student Senate Council with a 3/4s vote by Council be able to accept a recommendation from the General Assembly Planning Committee to hold a General Assembly outside of these terms.

Resolved, this Resolution shall go into effect immediately after being passed and be know as the General

Assembly Fairness and Affordability Policy.

Spring 2016, 16-14: District Student Trustee Rights and Privileges

Author: Errin Bass

Sponsor: Region V

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee & Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, California State Education Code § 72023.5 gives district student trustees the right to attend all open

session meetings, the right to participate in discussion, ask questions and be seated with the board; and

Whereas, California State Education Code § 72023.5 gives district student trustees the privileges to make and

second motions, make an advisory vote, and attend closed session meetings, except those on personnel and collective bargaining; and

Whereas, California State Education Code § 72023.5 gives each District board the discretion to grant the

District Student Trustees privileges; and

Whereas, this resolution was presented and passed Spring 2011 General Assembly, but has yet to have any

action taken on it at the SSCCC. The original author was Lindsay St. Hill, and it was sponsored by Santa Rosa Junior College; be it

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges works with system partners to ensure

enforcement of all enumerated rights of District Student Trustees, as defined in California State Education Code § 72023.5.

Spring 2016, 16-17: Schools Safe Zone for Undocumented Students

Author: Alexa D. Victoriano & Pedro E. Montalvo

Sponsor: Region VII

Resolution Dispositions: Equitable Practices Committee

Whereas, 9.4% of our students population does not have a US citizenship status or permanent residence; and

Whereas, the success of each of the Community Colleges in California builds upon students who are ready to

learn; not reflected  on the grounds of race, color, national origin, immigration status and etc.; and

Whereas, schools are sensitive locations that ensure safe learning environments in order to achieve a higher

education; be it

Resolved, under Family Educational and Privacy Act (FERPA Act) this federal law protects the privacy of

student’s record at any educational institution, so no student’s information shall be given to third parties including federal agencies. i.e. United  States Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and be it

Resolved, school officials shall not allow any immigration law enforcement to remove undocumented

students from their college campuses; and be it

Resolved, the SSCCC shall promote direct actions that support higher education values of community, social

justice, equal opportunities, and civil rights.

Citations:Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). (2015, June 26). Retrieved March 3, 2016, from http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

Spring 2016, 16-20: Nourishment Security for College Students

Author: Maria Soto

Sponsor: Victor Valley College

Resolution Dispositions: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, the United States’ “lack [of] national data on all college students” (Nellum, 29 June 2015) does not

provide definitive information on how many college students are unable to obtain a meal daily; and

Whereas, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2015), a full-time college student only has one

hour on an average weekday to obtain food; be it

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) work with associated student

organizations to encourage the creation of a space or a program for nourishment security, where students are able to purchase meals ahead of time, and be it

Resolved, that the SSCCC encourages associated student organizations to reach out to the restaurant

establishments already located within their campus to implement said program

Citations: Nellum, Christopher. (29 June 2015). Fighting Food Insecurity on Campus. Retrievedfrom http://higheredtoday.org/2015/06/29/fighting-food-insecurity-on-campus/

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (26 Oct. 2015). United States Department of Labor.

American Time Use Survey. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/tus/charts/students.htm

Spring 2016, 16-21: ASO Ethics Training

Author: Abigail Ledesma

Sponsor: Victor Valley College

Resolution Dispositions: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, local elected officials in California are required to complete an ethics training course to comply with

AB 1234; and

Whereas, the completion of ethics training sets not only a legal standard but a high professional standard in

an elected position; and

Whereas, the council members of a local Associated Student Organization (ASO) are elected or appointed to

their position; be it

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges urge each California Community

College ASO council member to complete an ethics training course upon election or appointment to better serve their students and community.  

Citations: Office of the Attorney General. (2015). State of California Department of Justice. EthicsTraining Courses. Retrieved from https://oag.ca.gov/ethics

Spring 2016, 16-22: Affirmation Task Force

Author: Oliver Harvey & Vron Vance

Sponsor: Region X

Resolution Dispositions: 

        Resolves 1, 3, & 4: Equitable Practices Committee

        Resolve 2: Finance Committee

Whereas, there are laws protecting the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming students to have their

gender identity respected and uncompromised in their interactions with school staff and administration, namely Federal Statute Title IX protects the right to privacy of transgender students regarding their transgender status; and

Whereas, few schools are enforcing this law, and many force transgender students who have not or cannot

change their legal name to be exposed as transgender to their teachers, often during class, exposing themselves to harassment and violence as well as great personal distress; and

Whereas, many schools and administrations do not know that their system is breaking the law and do not

know what solutions are available; be it

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for an issuance of affirming

the identities and privacy of transgender and gender nonconforming students through the implementation of a task force, hereby referred to as the Affirmation Task Force (AFT); and be it

Resolved, that the SSCCC assist the AFT in fundraising for appropriate expenditures in order to accomplish

this goal, and that the AFT has an executive team of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer; and be it

Resolved, that the AFT must report to the SSCCC  at the Equity and Diversity Committee meetings until

both the AFT and the SSCCC feel the task force is no longer needed with a ⅔ majority vote from both the AFT and the SSCCC Executive Council; and be it

Resolved, that this task force works within the SSCCC and with other organizations to spread information

regarding these laws and solutions for school administrations within California community colleges.

Spring 2016, 16-23: Homeless Student Housing

Author: Elizabeth P.

Sponsor: Region IV

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee

Whereas, Community Colleges throughout the State of California do not provide either on or off campus

housing for homeless students, yet UCs and CSUs provide priority towards housing options and resources for students in need. Furthermore, most of the Community resources throughout the State of California permit temporary resources for the homeless community, such as motel vouchers and homeless shelters; and

Whereas, Community College student services, such as Financial Aid and EOPS, only support students’ basic

academic needs without housing assistance. In addition, homeless Community College students often sacrifice their well-being to focus on academics; and

Whereas, AB 1228 states “…a “homeless youth” means a student under 25 years of age, who has been

verified, in the case of a former homeless youth at any time during the prior six years, as a homeless child or youth as defined in subsection (2) of Section 725 of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.” Moreover, AB 1228 does not include students over 25 years of age which dismisses the whole general population of Community College students since the general population of most Community Colleges are older than 25 years of age. In addition, the majority of homeless students at California Community Colleges are over 25 years of age. Therefore, AB 1228 is unfit to help and define homeless students at a Community College level; and

Whereas, many homeless California Community College students can be physically or mentally ill in which

attention and accountability towards these particular homeless students can be difficult and hard to manage; be it

Resolved, the Student Senate of the California Community Colleges will work to merge the communication

between the Board of Governors, California Community College system, California State University system, University of California system, and local communities to reserve housing for homeless Community College students; and be it

Resolved, housing for homeless community college students can be reserved at UCs or Cal States in which

are neighbors with certain Community College students, housing can be built through the funding of AB 1699 in which it states “SEC. 5. The sum of twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the Office of Emergency Services to provide additional funding for homeless youth emergency service projects established pursuant Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 13700) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code,” and/ or housing may be reserved through a housing system known as “Collaborative Housing” in which it is an innovative and proven solution to homelessness that permanently houses students as well as provides counseling; and be it

Resolved, California Community Colleges general population is accounted for when defining homeless

students. Therefore, a homeless student is not only defined as a student 25 years old and below, but a homeless student includes a student 25 years old and above as well; and be it

Resolved, Homeless Student Support Centers are implemented at California Community Colleges to establish

a center to account for homeless Community College students, provide student and staff mentors for homeless students, counseling for homeless students in which they can meet one-on-one with a psychiatrist, and a linkage of homeless students getting involved with Student life is implemented to keep the students accounted for progress and motivated to complete Community College.

Spring 2016, 16-27: Funding for Technological Modernization

Author: Tyler Mendel, Demitrius Castillo, Morgan Comstock

Sponsor: Mt. San Jacinto College

Resolution Dispositions: Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, technology can address the needs of students who struggle with traditional education; and

Whereas, AB 798, Textbook Affordability Act 2016, is moving towards less costly textbooks (including

e-books), which creates a stronger need for more reliable technology; and

Whereas, many educational structures in community colleges across California are ill-equipped to facilitate

non-traditional learning experience, including online education tools; and

Whereas, providing a way for all community colleges to advance technologically, regardless of socioeconomic

status, creates equal opportunity; be it

Resolved, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges creates a grant to fund community colleges

for the modernization of educational technology.

Spring 2016, 16-28: AB 540 Reformation

Author: Brenda Maya Esparza, Genesis Ariel Iniguez

Sponsor: Mt. San Jacinto College

Resolution Dispositions: Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, California Bill AB 540 benefits students that are both United States citizens and undocumented

immigrants; and

Whereas, California has the largest number of undocumented students (553,000) and not all meet the

California Bill AB 540 requirements of having three years of state residency; and

Whereas, California’s higher education system plays a significant role in the state’s economic progress.

Without allowing almost half a million undocumented students to obtain a higher education the state’s economy will be at a disadvantage; and

Whereas, Research shows that the number of college graduates are decreasing because of students not

meeting the requirements under the California Bill AB 540; be it

Resolved, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) exhorts state legislators to amend

California Bill AB 540, per Education Code 68130.5, to lower the residency requirements from three years to two years; and be it

Resolved, the SSCCC encourages that Governor Brown support the amendment of California Bill AB 540 by

manifesting the amendment; and be it

Resolved, the SSCCC recommends that Chancellor Brice W. Harris, and Executive Director Karen Stapf

Walters support the amendment of California Bill AB 540 by writing a letter to the California legislature; and be it

Resolved, SSCCC calls upon the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, and California State

Board of Education to support the amendment of California Bill AB 540 by seeking the Governor’s edification of this intrinsic declaration.

Citations:

CA Codes (edc:). (n.d.). Retrieved March 24, 2016, from http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=edc

Meet The Board of Governors. (n.d.). Retrieved March 24, 2016, from http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/ChancellorsOffice/BoardofGovernors.aspx

Fact Sheet An Overview  Of  College-Bound Undocumented Students. (n.d.). Retrieved March 24, 2016, from http://e4fc.org/images/Fact_Sheet.pdf

Spring 2016, (F07 13.01) S9 Student Involvement

Author: Hilda Gaytan

Sponsor: Compton Community Educational Center

Resolution Dispositions: 

Resolve 1: Regional Affairs Committee  

Resolve 2: System Affairs Committee

Whereas, Title 5 §51023.7 (4)(c) says to recommendations and positions developed by students regarding

district and college policies and procedures pertaining to the hiring and evaluation of faculty, administration, and staff

Whereas, Many local colleges do not afford their students the opportunity to participate in the processes for

hiring and evaluating faculty, staff, and administration. (Relations with Local Senates Survey Results, Fall 2007);

Whereas, It is important for students to be involved in the hiring and evaluation of faculty, administrators,

and staff working in specific areas that have direct impact on the success of students;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges gather from local senates their policies

and procedures on the students administrators; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges work with the Consultation Council to

ensure full student participation in the processes of hiring and evaluation of faculty, administration, and staff and report back to the Fall 2008 General Assembly.

Spring 2016, (F07 15.01) S11 Requirement to Serve

Author: Jackie Arnold

Sponsor: Butte College

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee

Whereas, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges is the representative body of all the

California community college students;

Whereas, The California Community Colleges Chancellor authored legal opinions E 01 college districts, and

student governments do not have the legal authority to raise the eligibility requirements for district student trustees and student government members above the California Education Code §76061 requirements of five units and minimum standards of scholarship (typically a 2.0 G.P.A.), where those who do are not in compliance with state law;

Whereas, Many schools within the state are out of compliance in their local governing documents with state

law by requiring various positions within their student government and/or district student trustee to be enrolled in greater than five units or maintain a G.P.A. greater than a 2.0; and

Whereas, In addition to the state laws and legal compliances stated above, many local student governments

have established in their local governing documents a variety of other requirements that create even more barriers for students to participate at the local level and thus at the regional and/or district levels;

Resolved, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges strongly urge those student governments

identified as being out of compliance with state law to adopt changes to their local governing documents and district board policies to get in compliance with state law by formally removing inappropriate unit and G.P.A. requirements to the state minimum of five units and minimum standards of scholarship adopted by their college or district for G.P.A.;

Resolved, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges strongly urge those student governments

identified to in the meantime declare their current non permanently unenforceable until the changes are formally adopted since state laws supersede local college, district, and student government authority;

Resolved, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges strongly urge all local student governments

within the state to strongly consider developing changes to their local governing documents and adopt such changes that eliminate all additional requirements that have been established locally and are not addressed in the California Education Code §76061 that can be a barrier for access in student participation; and

Resolved, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges take a formal position on encouraging

greater open access for student participation in student government at all levels within the California Community Colleges System and; have copies of this resolution distributed widely, including, but not limited to, all local Chief Student Services Officers, all local Chief Executive Officers, all local college and/or district legal counsel, district Boards of Trustees, all local associated student organizations, and the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Legal Affairs Division.

Spring 2016, (F09 12.04) S45 Transitional Training Requirements & Digitized Archive of Records for Student Government

Sponsor: Student Senate Council

Resolution Dispositions: Executive Committee & Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Internal operations and external student issues may exist, some may take longer than one student

administrative term to address causing a vital need to have this information provided and defined to the incoming officers and members with proper training;

Whereas, Over the past decade great advances in communication technology have been made regarding the

direct sharing of information such as: documents, website links, opinions, etc., which has revolutionized the way organizations and individuals conduct business, make digital archives for all records as a realistic and prudent option to provide historical documentation and information to all student government administrations;

Whereas, Some campuses have an official written transitional plan, and there are always more advanced

methods available showing a continued need for outside resources to be developed in this area; and

Whereas, The American Student Government Association (ASGA) is a national organization that researches

best practices of students governments across the nation and has a wealth of knowledge, documentation, experts, and other resources on the best methods to conduct transitions for student governments;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges direct its council and all the regions

under its umbrella to create a transition process including holding an annual transition training based retreat that includes both incoming and outgoing members to commence one month prior to the end of the outgoing term; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges direct its council to actively work with

the American Student Government Association (ASGA) to develop a California Community Colleges based resource packet to provide the general best practices for having transition training retreats, document tracking systems, and integrating a permanent line item in their annual budgets for this purpose, etc., to oversee that this packet is annually disseminated to all district and individual student governments.

Spring 2016, (F09 19.04) S47 Advocate for Health Services

Author: Lindsay St. Hill

Sponsor: Diablo Valley College

Resolution Dispositions: System Affairs Committee

Whereas, According to governmental data, due to the economic crisis 14,000 people are losing their health

insurance every single day, and many of them return to community colleges to continue their education;

Whereas, The physical and mental health of one person potentially affects the community as a whole; and

Whereas, The physical and mental health of students directly affects all aspects of their educational progress;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges work with the Board of Governors,

Consultation Council and other system partners to amend the Education Code to mandate all California community colleges to provide a health service center; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges work with California Community

Colleges to provide information on the availability of health services on their campus, which will expand their access to health services.

Spring 2016, (S10 24.02) S55 Harvey Milk Day Recognition

Author: Paula Angel Padilla

Sponsor: College of the Desert

Resolution Dispositions: Equitable Practices Committee & Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Many community colleges and universities hold events to recognize the struggles of many great civil

rights heroes and diversity groups;

Whereas, Harvey Milk is the single most notable Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) advocate

in the State of California and one of the greatest LGBT advocates in the world;

Whereas, Harvey Milk, like many of the great civil rights advocates including Martin Luther King Jr, and

Cesar Chavez, fought and died for the rights of the LGBT community; and

Whereas, The State of California has established every May 22nd as Harvey Milk Day in recognition of his

struggles and the struggles of everyone fighting for the civil rights of the LGBT community;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourage all California community

colleges Harvey Milk Day as an official day of observance on college campuses; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourage local senates to advocate for

the recognition of Harvey Milk Day on their college campuses.


Fall 2016

Fall 2016 (F11)S.02.04.06.08-1: Students with Developmental Disabilities and Opportunities

Author: Shaine Johnson

Sponsor: American River College

Resolution Dispositions:

Resolve 1: System Affairs Committee & Legislative Committee

Resolve 2: Communications Committee & Events Committee

Whereas, Of all students with disabilities, those with intellectual disabilities including, though not limited to,                Autism Spectrum Disorders have the poorest post-education outcomes;

Whereas, until recently, the option of attending college, particularly the opportunity to participate in typical coursework, has not been available to high school students, especially those beyond the age of eighteen, have been limited to segregated life skills or community-based transition programs;

Whereas, In California, each community college campus has a DSPS office that provides services to students with disabilities, yet for students with developmental disabilities these services are often inadequate to meet their needs; and

Whereas, Several colleges and districts, such as Taft College, Solano College, Sacramento City College and the Los Angeles Community College District have developed outstanding programs for students with developmental disabilities;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for more educational opportunities for students with developmental disabilities at the state level; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges disseminate information to local student representative bodies at its General Assembly’s regarding postsecondary options for students with developmental disabilities as well as the unique challenges that this important student constituent group faces.

Fall 2016 (F11) S02.03-1: Misuse of Health Fees

Author: Lacey Soto

Sponsor: Allan Hancock College

Resolution Dispositions:

System Affairs Committee & Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Many districts split one policy for Student Accident Insurance between Health Services and the Athletics Department;

Whereas, The Student Health Fee is being used to pay for Student Accident Insurance;

Whereas, The share of cost between Student Accident Insurance is not proportion to the usage of the policies; and

Whereas, Education Code 76355 states the following about the student health fee: “Authorized expenditures shall not include, among other things, athletic trainers' salaries, athletic insurance, medical supplies for athletics, physical examinations for intercollegiate athletics, ambulance services and the salaries of health professionals for athletic events, any deductible portion of accident claims filed for athletic team members, or any other expense that is not available to all students. No student shall be denied a service supported by student health fees on account of participation in athletic programs”;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for Community Colleges work with the Chancellor’s Office, Controller’s Office, other relevant bodies and districts to investigate and identify districts violating the Education Code and section 54702 of Title V; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for Community Colleges work with the Chancellor's Office to urge districts to correct misuse of the health fee to pay for the Athletic Department’s portion of the Student Accident Insurance.

Fall 2016 (F11) S.10-1: Equitable Access Committee

Author: Kory Kevin Ryan

Sponsor: Santa Rosa Junior College

Resolution Disposition:

AB 540 Students Ad-Hoc Committee

Whereas, AB 130 and AB 131 (2011), otherwise known as the California Dream Act, which would allow students who qualified for AB 540 (which allows undocumented students who complete at least three years of high school in California to attend community colleges as resident students, as well as a stipulation that all such students must begin the citizenship process) to apply and receive state financial aid was signed by Governor Brown on October 8, 2011, and will be reintroduced in the next legislative session;

Whereas, There is current advocacy working to have this legislation repealed next legislative session; and

Whereas, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges is mandated to retain access, ensure success, represent and advocate for all community college students;

Resolved, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges form an ad-hoc committee to strongly advocate against any type of repeal of the California Dream Act and support AB 540 students by lobbying legislators to urge for its preservation, provide letter-writing templates and e-mail form letters as well as provide education for awareness among students who may not be knowledgeable about this legislation.

Fall 2016 B.10-1: SSCCC Strategic Plan Ad-Hoc Committee

Author: Kaydee Miller, SSCCC Executive Vice President

Sponsor: SSCCC Board of Directors

Resolution Disposition:

Strategic Plan Ad-Hoc Committee

Whereas strategic planning is important for any successful organization, as it provides clear direction and stability and ensures that the organization’s leadership is responsive to its constituents; and

Whereas the Student Senate for California Community Colleges’ Five Year Strategic Plan expires in 2017 (Citation 1) ; therefore be it

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges form a Strategic Plan Ad-Hoc Committee composed of eight (8) voting members: the SSCCC Executive Vice President, one Regional Affairs Director, one System Affairs Director, one Legislative Affairs Director, one Regional Treasurer (or their equivalent), one Regional Communications Officer (or their equivalent), one local Associated Student Organization President, and one local Student Trustee. Of the Directors, one must be from Regions 1-4, one must be from Regions 5-6, and one must be from Regions 7-10; and

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges’ Strategic Plan Ad-Hoc Committee shall be appointed by the SSCCC President based on submitted Strategic Plan Ad-Hoc Committee Membership Applications with a simple-majority confirmation from the SSCCC Board of Directors, shall be chaired by the SSCCC President, and be vice chaired by the SSCCC Executive Vice President; and

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community College’s Strategic Plan will develop a one-year plan for July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018 and a five-year plan for July 1,  2017 - June 30, 2022; that will determine and tentatively set objectives for the long term goals and needs of the SSCCC based on the Mission of the organization

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges’ Strategic Plan Ad-Hoc Committee shall present its final draft at the Spring 2017 General Assembly to be voted on by the Delegate Assembly and shall require a two-thirds (⅔) majority vote for adoption to take effect thirty (30) days after approval.

Citation 1: SSCCC Strategic Plan (2012, November 4). Retrieved August 2, 2016, from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByUtcA0avu6USkNBeWI0RUcyRkk/view?ts=57a157f9%20target

Fall 2016 R.03.04-1: Energy Mitigation

Author: David Hylton II

Sponsor: Region II

Resolution Dispositions:

Resolves 1 & 2: Regional Affairs Committee  

Resolve 3: Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office 2014 press release acknowledged that infrastructure upgrades could save $4.6 million each year in power bills (Citation 1);

Whereas, 13,993 Gigawatts an hour of California’s energy is created through hydroelectric,

down over 20,000 Gigawatts an hour over the last 5 years (Citation 2) ;

Whereas, solar electricity production has increased by 150% (Citation 3) ;

Whereas, college parking lots are prime real estate for solar panels;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) gather school district's best practices of solar implementation;

Resolved, that SSCCC Regional Affairs Committee should encourage the regions to help schools advocate administrations to apply for Prop 39 (The California Clean Energy Jobs Act) funds from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (Citation 4);

Resolved, that the SSCCC advocate for legislation for solar installation program for community colleges with funds from, but not limited to, the Greenhouse Gas Fund.

Citation 1: Chancellor's Office Press Release (2014, August 11). Retrieved October 7, 2016, from

http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/Portals/0/DocDownloads/PressReleases/AUG2014/PR_Prop39_8_11_2014.pdf

Citation 2: California Electrical Energy Generation. (n.d.). Retrieved October 09, 2016, from http://www.energy.ca.gov/almanac/electricity_data/electricity_generation.html

Citation 3: California Electrical Energy Generation. (n.d.). Retrieved October 09, 2016, from http://www.energy.ca.gov/almanac/electricity_data/electricity_generation.htm

Citation 4: California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. (n.d.). Proposition 39: Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2012. Retrieved October 09, 2016, from http://extranet.cccco.edu/Divisions/FinanceFacilities/Proposition39.aspx

Fall 2016 R.02.03-1: Resolution Harassment Policy Implementation

Authors: Quincy Taylor, Sobia Chahal, Dominique Iraci

Sponsor: Region II

Resolution Dispositions:

Resolve 1: System Affairs Committee

Resolve 2: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Federal Education Code of Conduct Title IX (Citation 3)  and California Title V (Citation 4) are utilized for all behavior and conduct of faculty, administration, and students with very vague language in regards to sexual harassment, assault and sexual assault based on gender; and

Whereas, Education Code Title IX (Citation 3) and Title V (Citation 4) policy does not explicitly state a definition of sexual assault and sexual harassment, as a result students, administration and faculty are left to define both without the necessary training to judge actions needed to be taken following a complaint; and

Whereas, some districts may have implemented policies, but there exist no unified policy across the California Community College System; and

Whereas, College campuses’ need guidance to properly address issues of sexual assault and

harassment, therefore be it

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for a unified

policy across the 114 colleges that serves as a baseline which further elaborates the process of investigation, reporting, minimum punishment, and retaliation policies, and that this policy include detailed language

defining sexual assault, harassment, acts, behavior, elaborating on severity using definitions

from the Office of Civil Rights (Citation 3); and be it

Resolved, that Student Senate for California Community Colleges strongly recommend to their Associated Student Organizations that they work with their local Title IX coordinator to promote resources available to students, and awareness of Title IX and Title V through trainings and presentations.

Citation 1: Hill, C. (2011, November). Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School. Retrieved October 06, 2016, from http://www.aauw.org/research/crossing-the-line/

Citation 2: Text.(n.d.).Retrieved October 6, 2016 from http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB967

Citation 3: Title IX and Sex Discrimination Office for Civil Rights | U.S. Department of Education. (2015, April 29). Retrieved October 06, 2016, from http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html

Citation 4: CA Codes (edc:). (n.d.). Retrieved October 07, 2016, from http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=edc

Fall 2016 R.04-1: Water Bottle Refilling Stations

Author: Breeann James

Sponsor: Region II

Resolution Disposition:

Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, In 2010 the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) signed

the Talloires Declaration, and reaffirmed it in 2014, which establishes environmental sustainability as a top priority for our organization. (Citation 1)

Whereas, Community College Students are exposed to recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which, does not biodegrade, but into smaller fragments over time and these fragments absorb toxins that pollute our waterways, contaminate our soil, and sicken animals (which we then eat).

Whereas, Other preventative measures, such as recycling have not worked in the United States: As our National Recycle Rate for PET ( plastic bottles specifically) has “the export of recycled PP bottles in 2014 to 25% of that collected. Since, the effort started in 1990’s.” (Citation 2)

Whereas, Sierra College has saved over 15,000 water bottles since implementation of refillable water bottle stations since July of 2016.

Resolved, That the SSCCC encourages the CA State Legislature to pass legislation creating a grant program to incentivize CCC’s to install water bottle refilling stations among other sustainable practices, to be funded by AB 888,(Citation 3) or any other funding source.

Citations 1: ULSF | University Leaders For A Sustainable Future | PROGRAMS & SERVICES : Talloires Declaration. (n.d.). Retrieved October 09, 2016, from http://www.ulsf.org/programs_talloires.html

Citation 2: A. (2015). 2014 UNITED STATES NATIONAL POSTCONSUMER PLASTICS BOTTLE RECYCLING REPORT. Retrieved from http://www.plasticsrecycling.org/images/pdf/resources/reports/Rate-Reports/2014_US_National_Postconsumer_Plastic_Bottle_Recycling_Report.pdf

Citation 3: Assem. Bill 888, 2015-2016, Reg. Sess. (Cal 2015)

Fall 2016 R.02.03-2:  Non-Credit Student Leadership

Author: Jonathan Leigh

Sponsor: Region III

Resolution Dispositions:

Resolves 1 & 3: System Affairs Committee

Resolves 2 & 4: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, a legal interpretation by the State Chancellor’s Office has clarified that Education Code Sections 72023.5 (Student Trustee Eligibility) and 76061 (Elected Student Government Eligibility) require both enrollment in five semester credit units and a GPA of 2.5 (Citation 1);

Whereas, the population size of credit students within some California Community College campuses may not be enough to produce any applicants and a credit student leader may not be able to understand the needs of the non-credit constituency;

Whereas, in the City College of San Francisco (CCSF), five out of seven CCSF centers are comprised 72%-98% non-credit classes and the remaining two CCSF Centers are comprised of roughly 49%-52% non-credit students and a large population of CCSF students of almost 30,000 students being unrepresented in formal student governance is detrimental to student leadership and involvement (Citation 3);

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for non-credit students to serve as student leaders;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for an addendum to the California Education code to allow non-credit students to serve for student government positions or to advocate for the establishment of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the State Chancellor’s office and the Student Senate for California Community Colleges;

Resolved, that Student Senate of California Community Colleges works with the associated student organizations (ASOS) and their administration to be more inclusive of their student body.

Citations:

Citation 1: California Education Code, EDC § 72023.5 and § 760601. Retrieved from: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/calawquery?codesection=edc

Citation 2: City College of San Francisco (2016, August 23) Planning, Research and Grants.

Retrieved from: https://www.ccsf.edu/en/employee-services/research- planning-and-

grants/Research/fact-sheets- -regional- and-accreditation- data/annual-headcount.html

Fall 2016 R.03-1: Rail Fare College Student Discount

Author: Dave Ivan M. Cruz

Sponsor: SSCCC Region IV

Resolution Disposition:

Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is one of the most accessible and easiest means of transportation in the Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, and most member colleges in both Regions III and IV are in proximity of a BART Station, and five Region VII colleges are in proximity of Metro Lines;

Whereas, many students from these member colleges rely mainly on rail transportation as it is reliable, accessible, environment-friendly, and lessen traffic; therefore be it,

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) work with the Regions, the ASOs, and College Administration with the implementation of a  public transit discount card at their colleges and their district.

Fall 2016 R.04-2: Amtrak for Students

Author: Cheyne Strawn

Sponsor: Region V

Resolution Disposition:

Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, Amtrak California has been localized to provide a more regional approach to your train travel experience. Moving forward the San Joaquin Corridor, the Pacific Surfliner, and the Capital Corridor, now under local Joint Power Authorities’ management, will offer travelers local management of California rail service, which will help to further enhance customer service, ensure efficient use of resources, and allow effective decisions about schedules, onboarding amenities, and service expansion.

Whereas, Amtrak California is a brand name used by the Caltrans Division of Rail on three state- supported Amtrak rail routes within the State of California, the Capitol Corridor, The Pacific Surfliner and the San Joaquin.

Let it be Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for an increase to the current 15% discount to 20% off for the lowest value or flexible fare. for Amtrak use, and dissolve the age limit of 13- 25 for students who have a valid school identification card.

Fall 2016 R.02-1: Increased Access to Resources on Campuses

Author: Cameron Cowperthwaite and Desiree Evans

Sponsor: Region V

Resolution Disposition:

System Affairs Committee

Whereas, there is an unknown amount of students in California that are experiencing housing or other financial crises while attending courses from our Community College Districts that may fail, drop or withdraw from classes in an attempt to better their situation.

Whereas, it is in the best financial interest of local state and federal governments, that a student who receives scholarships, Board of Governors Fee Waiver, and/or Federal Financial Aid Grants complete their course work in the recommended amount of time or they are then less likely to obtain a degree. (Citations 1, 2)

Whereas, students who are homeless or have a financial crisis may not be able to afford to wash their clothing and may as a result experience discomfort embarrassment or ridicule due to the state of their clothing. students who experience the aforementioned discomfort, embarrassment or ridicule are more likely to drop, withdraw or skip classes. (Citations 3, 4, 5)

Whereas, California Community Colleges receive funds to provide programs, courses and facilities to students, however students who are not enrolled in coursework may be denied use of such facilities (such as being enrolled in a physical education or athletic course).

Let it be Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for access to school facilities and resources for students that are in need of a place to wash their clothing.

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges works with the California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office to make such facilities and resources available to students of California Community College campuses.

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community college advocate that the data and information collected on the students shall be narrow in scope (in compliance with FERPA) to gather information regarding usage and cost of such facilities and resources.


Citation 1: Fain, P. (2013, November 15). Students are unlikely to graduate if they stop out more than once, study finds.Retrieved October 06, 2016, from
 https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/11/15/students-are- unlikely-graduate-if- they-stop- out-more- once-study- finds

Citation 2: Time is the Enemy. (2011, September). Retrieved October 7, 2016, from http://www.completecollege.org/docs/Time_Is_the_Enemy_Summary.pdf

Citation 3: Murphy, K. (2016, September 21). Governor Brown signs bills to help homeless college students and boost 4-year graduation rates. Retrieved October 06, 2016, from http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/09/21/governor-signs-bills-to- help-homeless- college-students- and-boost- 4-year- graduation-rates/

Citation 4: Williams, D. (2016, September 23). Community College Shower Access Bill Empowers Homeless Students. Retrieved October 06, 2016, from http://www.independent.com/news/2016/sep/23/community-college- shower-access-bill- empowers-home/

Citation 5: Invisible Struggles. (n.d.). Pegasus. Retrieved October 7, 2016, from https://www.ucf.edu/pegasus/invisible-struggles/

Fall 2016 R.04-3: Rights for Formerly Incarcerated Students

Author: Gerson A. Liahut-Sanchez

Sponsor: Region VII

Resolution Disposition:

Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, student life is a large part of any college experience apart from academics; a sense of community and entertainment is central to colleges and student retention.

Whereas, California Education Code Section 67362 currently states that “if [he, she or they], at any time after [his, her or their] enrollment as a college or university student, is prosecuted as an adult and is convicted of any of several specified crimes” is eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics only after she, he or they successfully completes the entire terms of her, his, or their probation or parole period (Citation 1);

Whereas, such barriers like this widen student inequality due to the high rates of incarceration that contributes to the disconnect of young people of color from a educational system.

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges sponsor or cosponsor a bill that will overturn the current language in CA Education Code Section 67362, and

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community College place formerly incarcerated students/prison education as a priority for the 2017 Legislative Session.

Citation 1: California EDC § 67362 Retrieved from: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=edc&group=67001-68000&file=67360-67365

Fall 2016 R.04-4: Student Transit Passes

Author: Gerson A. Liahut-Sanchez

Sponsor: Region VII

Resolution Disposition:

Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, The Institute for College Access & Success has researched that college costs are the most burdensome for the lowest income students, for the total cost of college includes far more than just tuition (Citation 1);

Whereas, college students depend on reliable transportation in order to attend college and other post-secondary institutions and on average transportation can cost a student $1,200 a year (Citation 2);

Whereas, several transit operators and colleges in California have successfully implemented robust universal student transit pass programs resulting in exceptional increases in student transit ridership and reductions in student driving which include: Foothill Transit, Rio Hondo College, Santa Monica College, Long Beach Transit and Cal State Long Beach;  

Whereas, such a program could represent a significant expansion of student transit access -- just as the state undertakes a dramatic expansion of our transit system – encouraging students to make decisions about where to live and work based on the proximity of transit and laying a foundation for a more transit-oriented culture;  

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges sponsor or cosponsor a bill that will provide universal transit passes for the students of California, and

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges urge the legislature to use the following sources of funding to subsidize the cost of the universal student transit passes:

Operations Program;

Citation 1: TICAS, What Does College Really Cost for Low-Income Students across California? (February 2016) retrieved from: http://ticas.org/sites/default/files/pub_files/npc_california_map.pdf

Citation 2: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2016). Digest of Education Statistics, 2014 (NCES 2016-006),Table 236.90.

Fall 2016 R.02.04-1: Student Trustee Voting Rights

Author: Alexa D. Victoriano

Sponsor: Region VII

Resolution Dispositions:

Resolve 1: Regional Affairs Committee

Resolve 2: Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, The Student Trustee is elected by the student body to represent all of the students in their district to make an ethical decision making advisory vote on their behalf;

Whereas, California State Education Code section 72023.5 (3), (4), (5), (6) entitles student board members privileges to make an advisory vote as non voting fully recognized board member;

Whereas, The Student Trustee is not granted fully granted voting rights as it is unlawful under California State Law and advisory vote does not determine any measured carried by the board;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges urge the Student Trustees to properly voice their prospective on behalf of their constituents on important matters before the board;

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocates on behalf of all student trustees to amend California Education Code 72023.5 to grant full voting rights  to all districts

Citation 1: Code Section. (n.d.). Retrieved September 25, 2016, from http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=EDC

Fall 2016 R.02.04-2: Multi-district Student Representation

Author: Alexa Victoriano

Sponsor: Region VII

Resolution Dispositions:

Resolves 1 & 2: Legislative Affairs Committee

Resolve 3: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, multi-district colleges now exist 23 out of 72 in the California Community College System; and, (Citation 1)

Whereas, California Education Code 72023.5 (a)(1) stipulates that the board may allow for one or more student trustees  ;and , (Citation 2)  

Whereas, 9 out of 72 college district  have two student trustees;and, (Citation 3)

Whereas, the effects of having one student board member creates challenges to effectively represent all students and comprehend district wide issues ;so be it ,

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) advocates on behalf of the Student Trustees to have a minimum of two student representatives in multi college districts; so be it further,

Resolved, that the SSCCC supports and advocates for the 2.3 million students in the 72 college districts to ensure equal representation on the Board of Trustees; so be it further,

Resolved, that the SSCCC builds a coalition with other organizations such as California Community College Association of Student Trustees (CCCAST) to promote implementation with best policy practice of each district.

Citation 1: Office, C. C. (2016). College Districts Listings. Retrieved September 28, 2016, from http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/districts.aspx

Citation 2: Code Section. (n.d.). Retrieved October 3, 2016, from http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=EDC

Citation 3: Student Trustee. (2016). In C. J. Smith (Ed.), Trustee Handbook (pp. 33-36). Sacramento, California: Community College League of California.

Fall 2016 R.02.04-3: Mental Health First Aid Training

Author: Devon Miller

Sponsor: Region VIII

Resolution Dispositions:

Resolve 1: Regional Affairs Committee

Resolve 2: Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, “One in five Americans has a mental illness and many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care; the symptoms of mental illness can be difficult to detect, they may not know how to intervene or direct the person to proper treatment; which means that all too often, those in need of mental health services do not get them until it is too late.” (National Council for Behavioral Health 2015)

Whereas, Mental Health First Aid allows for early detection and intervention by teaching participants about the signs and symptoms of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and addictions.

Resolved, the Student Senate of California Community Colleges recommends that all faculty and staff be trained in Mental Health First Aid; the training program shall provide an interactive mental health first aid training course administered by the state’s regional behavioral health authorities; instructors in the training program shall be certified by a national authority for Mental Health First Aid USA or a similar organization; the training program shall work cooperatively with local entities to provide training for individuals to become instructors.

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) works with the Associated Student Organizations (ASOs), the University of California Student Association (UCSA), and the California State Student Association (CSSA) as well as any other regional and/or statewide student organizations to contact/reach out and/or to encourage all California members serving in the US House of Representatives and US Senate to support and advocate for the passage of H.R.1877, a bill that amends the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend through FY 2021 training grants for mental health awareness; the bill makes additional categories of individuals eligible to be trained to identify and respond to individuals with a mental illness.

Fall 2016 R.03.04-2: Food Insecurity Initiative at California Community College Campuses

Author: Sadia Khan

Sponsor: Region IX

Resolution Dispositions:

Resolve 1: Legislative Affairs Committee

Resolve 2: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, many community college students who experience food insecurity struggle to reach the completion of a certificate or degree program.

Whereas, the number of non traditional students at community college is increasing, (Citation 2) who balance family responsibilities, college, and part time work which tends to lead students into situations dealing with food insecurity. and;

Whereas, food insecurity also leads to other obstacles in the course of student education such as physical and mental health concerns (Citation 1). and;

Whereas, students faced with food insecurity need additional institutional support to continue their studies. Therefore be it

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for the implementation of AB 1747, Weber.

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocates for Food Pantries at all California Community Colleges, in the model similar to that presented by San Bernardino Valley College Food Pantry Proposal (Addendum A).

Citation 1: Cady, Clare L.Web. 07 Oct. 2016. Food Insecurity as a Student Issue. Journal of College & Character 15.4 (2014) Oregon State University.

Citation 2: Steven Bell on March 8, 2012, S. (2012, March 8). Nontraditional Students Are the New Majority | From the Bell Tower.

Addendum 1: Khan, S. F. SBVC Food Pantry. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ribtdvf1_T8J6cX6ghWmRhLkO0kCIUmhHyFVD8PaEAM/edit?usp=sharing

Fall 2016 R.03-2: Dreamers Priority Registration

Authors: Chantel Picon & Abigail Ledesma

Sponsor: Region IX

Resolution Disposition:

Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Dream Act students have a visa that grants the student a permit to live with most of the rights of a United States citizen for a set number of years (Citation 1),

Whereas, Our community colleges are impacted with many students, and it is harder to complete an associate’s degree within the 2-3 year criteria, especially if the student is a STEM major,

Whereas, These Dream Act students are at times not given enough time to succeed and complete their program of study, which can take longer than the average 2-3 years for completion, before their visa expires;

Resolved, That the SSCCC advocate on behalf of giving Dream Act students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher that have completed a minimum of 20 units and have completed college level English and Mathematics the opportunity to have 2 nd block priority registration or the equivalent at their respective community college.

Citation 1: Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). (21 Sept. 2016). Retrieved from https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred- action-childhood- arrivals-daca

Fall 2016 R.03-3: Monthly Campus Safety Reports

Author: Francisco Hernandez, Tiffany Marquez, and Travis Alwin

Sponsor: Region IX

Resolution Disposition:

Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, requires all colleges and universities who receive federal funding to release data of on-campus crime through public distribution in an annual report by the colleges and universities (Citation 1);

Whereas, Monthly crime reports may further promote safety on campuses, aid in the prevention of crimes, and promote student advocacy for policy;

Whereas, Implication of monthly crime reports may grant students and faculty peace of mind by allowing them to compare on-campus crimes monthly rather than yearly;

Resolved, That the Student Senate of California Community Colleges advocates that campus security / campus police departments distribute monthly crime reports electronically;

Resolved, That Student Senate of California Community Colleges advocates that campus police department’s brief students and faculty in a timely manner of a crime or a threat after it may have occurred.

Citation 1: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, (2016). 2016 Annual Security Report.  Retrieved from        https://afd.calpoly.edu/police/safety/reports/cleryreport.pdf

Fall 2016 R.03-2: Recreational Facilities for Health and Wellness

Authors: Francisco Hernandez, Tiffany Marquez, & Travis Alwin

Sponsor: Region IX

Resolution Disposition:

Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, UC’s and CSU’s grant students considerable access to campus gyms and/or athletic facilities, students enrolled in California community colleges are granted limited to no access to campus gyms and/or athletic facilities;         

Whereas, Student wellness should be a priority among California Community Colleges alongside with academic performance;

Whereas, California Community College students enroll in off-campus gyms and/or athletic facilities to pursue and maintain a healthy lifestyle;

Whereas, Many students dedicate their time to academics, having access to gyms and/or athletic facilities would give students the convenience of staying on campus, as well as reducing the potential economic burden for a membership;

Resolved, That Student Senate of California Community Colleges advocates that granting        students’ access to these on campus facilities would allow colleges to promote a healthy        lifestyle.

Resolved, That Student Senate of California Community Colleges advocates for students to be able to have the opportunity to pursue and maintain a healthy lifestyle by having access to on campus facilities to work-out/train at a free to minimum cost.

Fall 2016 A.03.04-1: Establishment of Student Equity/Engagement Centers

Author: Nooria Munir

Sponsor: Sierra College

Resolution Dispositions:

Resolves 1, 2, & 4: Regional Affairs Committee

Resolve 3: Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, community colleges play an important role for students who are historically underrepresented and marginalized in higher education; these institutions serve as important pathways to degree attainment for underrepresented and marginalized students, since these individuals account for a higher percentage of the enrollees at two-year colleges than at four-year colleges (Citation 1); and

Whereas, the underrepresentation of Black, Latinx, Native American, LGBTIQ+, former foster youth, first generation, and AB540 students only reinforces stereotyping, discrimination and harassment in college environments as well as reproducing economic injustice (Citation 2); and

Whereas, the establishment of student equity/engagement centers would place the focus on historically underrepresented and marginalized students and provide additional assistance in overcoming their academic limitations and campus climate issues based on their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, etc.; and

Whereas, most California community college campuses do not have established and/ or

recognized student equity/engagement centers where historically underrepresented and marginalized students can find the support and proper guidance they need in order to reach their academic goals and to develop a deep understanding of their identities.

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourages each Local Associated Student Organizations and their respective college administrations to identify and establish student equity/engagement centers on each CCC campus that are considered safe and culturally responsive spaces which will help enhance the learning environment for historically underrepresented and marginalized student groups; and be it

Resolved, that the SSCCC assists and encourages Associated Student Organizations (ASOs) to work with their historically underrepresented and marginalized student populations, in the establishment of student equity/engagement centers; and be it

Resolved, that the SSCCC advocates to the legislature for state funding for the student equity/engagement centers including its physical location, as well as professional staffing; and be it

Resolved, that the SSCCC empowers ASO’s at all California Community Colleges to enact this resolution immediately, with any effective date(s), and by any committee(s) that it may be referred to for action.

Citation 1: Bell, Nathan E. (2012). Data Sources: The Role of Community Colleges on the Pathway to Graduate Degree Attainment. Retrieved from: http://cgsnet.org/data-sources-role-community-colleges-pathway-graduate-degree-attainment-0

Citation 2: Hurtado, Sylvia & Ruiz, Adriana. (2012). the Climate for Underrepresented Groups and Diversity on Campus. Retrieved from: http://heri.ucla.edu/briefs/urmbrief.php

Fall 2016 A.01-1: Brown Act and Parliamentary Training

Author: Jesse Foster

Sponsor: Woodland Community College

Resolution Disposition:

Executive Committee

Whereas, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges has traditionally only held training on Brown Act and Parliamentary Procedure once in the Fall and once in the Spring, and

Whereas, many new Directors are elected or take office after those trainings or between those trainings, be it

Resolved that the Student Senate of California Community Colleges shall hold a Brown Act and Parliamentary Procedure training of no less than three hours for each new Director and each new Committee Chair, and be it

Resolved, that these training sessions shall be conducted in every odd numbered month starting January 2017, unless there are no new Directors that require training, and be it

Resolved, that this training is to take place during the same weekend as the regularly scheduled SSCCC Board of Directors meeting and come either directly before or after the meeting, and be it

Resolved that the training shall be conducted by a Registered Parliamentarian and/or an attorney.

Fall 2016 A.02.04-1: Civic Engagement

Author: Jesse Foster

Sponsor: Woodland Community College

Resolution Dispositions:

Resolves 1, 2, & 4: Legislative Affairs Committee

Resolve 3: System Affairs Committee

Whereas, the voter participation rate for Californians, ages 18 to 24 years old, in the 2014 elections was 8.2% (Citation 1), with the California Community College system serving 67% of Students (Citation 2),

Whereas, it is the job of the California Community College system to prepare its students both for the workplace and to actively participate in their civil and democratic life,

Whereas, the California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, presented a resolution to the California Community College Board of Governors entitled “RESOLUTION TO ENCOURAGE CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CALIFORNIA STUDENTS VOTE PROJECT”, which included a sample Memorandum of Understanding outlining best practices for District and College Administrations for Civic Engagement, which passed unanimously,

Whereas, in nonpresidential election years, Civic Engagement efforts within the California Community College system have received reduced institutional buy-in, resulting in abysmally low rates of voter registration and participation (Citation 3),

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate to the CA State Legislature for passage of a bill mandating or encouraging that Public College administrations publicly post their student populations disaggregated voter participation and registration rate on their homepage within 3 months of each local, state, or federal election,

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate to the CA State Legislature to introduce a bill creating a grant program to incentivize college administrations to invest in Civic Engagement, with priority given to the colleges with lower voter participation and registration rates,

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate to the California Community College Chancellor's Office, Board of Governors and Local Boards of Trustees, and other system partners to encourage California Community college administrations to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the California Secretary of State’s office to participate in the Students Vote Project and adopt its best practices in perpetuity,

Resolved that the SSCCC seek to form a coalition with the University of California Student Association , the California State Student Association, and California Community College Association of Student Trustees to implement the first two resolves above.

Citation 1: Resolution to Encourage California Community Colleges to Participate in the California Students Vote Project, Retrieved October 09, 2016, from http://elections.cdn.sos.ca.gov/pdfs/castudentsvote/ccc-resolution.pdf

Citation 2: The Institute For College Access and Success. (n.d.). Retrieved October 09, 2016, from http://ticas.org/content/pub/cal-grant-snapshot

Citation 3: California Public Interest Research Group (2015, December). Retrieved (October 9, 2016) from: http://www.calpirgedfund.org/sites/pirg/files/reports/Millenial%20Online%20Voter%20Registration.pdf

Fall 2016 A.03.09-1: Increased Turnout and Accessibility of Student Government Elections

Author: Dave Ivan M. Cruz

Sponsor: Berkeley City College

Resolution Disposition:

Resolve 1: Equitable Practices Committee

Resolve 2: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, community colleges hold at least one election per academic year to elect student leaders, and approve propositions and resolutions that may affect the current state of the college, especially the local Associated Student Organizations (ASOs), and their constituency;

Whereas, some community colleges conduct these elections only on campus, and at certain days and times thereby not accommodating some student groups especially those enrolled in fully online courses as well as other registered students who are unable to physically come on campus at selected dates;

Whereas, the option of only having an on-campus voting method denies the aforementioned student groups the right to participate in voting, and may have their voices silenced and unrepresented, and

Whereas, colleges such as the Foothill-De Anza Community College District offer other options such as voting online in an effort to conduct an election that is paperlite, accessible, and easier; therefore be it

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) advocates for the usage of recycled paper materials or lessen the consumption of paper during elections, and be it.

Resolved, that the SSCCC reaches out to the 113 California Community Colleges and/or their ASOs to adopt additional and/or alternate voting technologies and resources such as, but not limited to the usage of their Student Portals/Passport Accounts, and their online course sites.

Fall 2016 A.01.02.03-1: Filipino American History Month

Author: Dave Ivan M. Cruz

Sponsor: Berkeley City College

Resolution Dispositions:

Resolve 1: Executive Committee

Resolve 2: System Affairs Committee

Resolve 3: Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, since the first “Luzones Indios” set foot in Morro Bay, California on October 18, 1587 using a galleon ship built in Manila and captained by Pedro de Unamuno of Spain, Filipinos and Filipino Americans have been contributing with the state and the United States, and since then Filipinos have immigrated to the country and worked in various jobs in the military personnel, service sectors, agriculture and farming, et cetera (Citation 1);

Whereas, Filipino-American agricultural labor leaders like Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz coordinated with César Chávez and Dolores Huerta with other Mexican-American leaders from the National Farm Workers Organization in organizing over 1,500 farm workers from the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee in the 1965 Delano Grape Strike;

Whereas, the Filipino-American community and population holds the largest Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) group in the state, and third largest AAPI group in the nation; and

Whereas, the California State Assembly and Senate adopted a concurrent resolution recognizing the month of October as Filipino American History Month, and as way of commemorating over four centuries since the first Filipinos set foot in the continental United States; therefore be it

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) recognizes the month of October as Filipino American History Month; be it

Resolved, that the SSCCC encourages the 113 California Community Colleges’ administration, and governing boards to recognize the month of October as Filipino American History Month, and be it

Resolved, that the SSCCC reaches out and encourages Associated Student Organizations (ASOs) to advocate for the recognition Filipino American History Month on their college campuses.

Citation 1: ACR 66, Bonta, Filipino American History Month http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160ACR66&search_keywords=filipino+american+history+month

Fall 2016 A.07-1: Bring Back Relevant Topics

Author: Matéo Rodriguez

Sponsor: Reedley College

Resolution Disposition:

Rules and Resolutions Committee

Whereas, The Community College system is a two-year turnover college system, although it is understood that students may take more than two years to move on to their next life endeavor.

Whereas, Some topics that are postponed indefinitely may be irrelevant at the time they are postponed indefinitely; however, the topic may be relevant in the future.

Resolved, That the SSCCC allow any delegate to bring back to the table, pending approval from the Delegate assembly, any resolution that has been postponed indefinitely no earlier than 3 years or 6 General Assembly’s, whichever comes first, from the time when the resolution had been postponed indefinitely.

Fall 2016 A.02-1: Opportunities for Students from For-Profit Universities

Author: Joseph Roman

Sponsor: East Los Angeles College

Resolution Disposition:

System Affairs Committee

Whereas, the closures of for-profit schools such as ITT TECH have left thousands of students in debt with uncertainty on being able to transfer their credits to other post-secondary schools, and default rates on the loans are taken out by students vastly exceed those of other institutions of higher education (Citation 1) ; and

Whereas, joint guidelines issued by the American Council on Education note three considerations that schools take into account when accepting credits from institutions; (1) The educational quality of the learning experience which the student transfers (2) The comparability of the nature, content, and the level of learning experience to that offered by the receiving institution, (3) The appropriateness and applicability of the learning experience to the programs offered by the receiving institution, in light of the student’s educational goals (Citation 3) ; therefore be it

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate through system partners that all California Community Colleges students be given the opportunity to transfer credits earned from for-profit institutions, and students who were close to attaining degrees in business, computer sciences, and health professions should have the opportunity to earn credit by exams, and

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges emphasize the importance for financial aid options to be made available for students from for-profit schools during all advocacy efforts, with the recommendation that tuition costs be cut by at least 25 percent for these students.

Citation 1: Deming, D. J., Golding, C., & Katz, L. F. (n.d.). The For-Profit Postsecondary School Sector: Nimble Critters or Agile Predators? Retrieved October 05, 2016, from http://www.nber.org/papers/w17710

Citation 2: Chakrabarti, R., Lovenheim, M., & Morris, K. (2016, September 08). The Changing Role of Community-College and For-Profit- College Borrowers in the Student Loan Market

Citation 3: Liberty Street Economics. Retrieved October 05, 2016, from http://libertystreeteconomics.newyorkfed.org/2016/09/the-changing- role-of- the-community-college- and-for- profit-college- borrowers.html

Citation 4: Johnson, D. (2016, June 30). Students At ACICS Schools Have Options To Continue Education. Retrieved October 05, 2016, from https://www.goodcall.com/news/students-schools-overseen-troubled- accrediting-agency- acics-options- 07848

Fall 2016 A.03-1: Mass Shooting Action Plan

Author: Tiffany Ushijima

Sponsor: El Camino College

Resolution Disposition:

Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Mass shootings, especially in schools, have become more prevalent in the United States; and

Whereas, Many students do not receive extensive training and preparation on actions to take when an active shooter is on campus;

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges urge community college administrators, staff, and faculty to collaborate with local and campus police to create an action plan for an active shooter on campus; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges urge community college administrators, staff, and faculty to post the action plan in all classrooms, all online and in-person orientations, and in other key locations across campus; and

Resolved, That the Student Senate for California Community Colleges urge community college administrators, staff, and faculty to install Lock Bloks on all doors on campus to defray mass shootings.

Fall 2016 A.04-2: Intercampus Transportation

Author: Anthony Raya

Sponsor: Mt. San Jacinto College

Resolution Disposition:

Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, many California localities experience limited public transportation coverage or insufficient service.

Whereas, high quality public transportation services can help alleviate the lack of transportation options many students from disadvantaged backgrounds and localities face, while working toward their educational goals,

Whereas, improvements to the quality and convenience of public transportation that links colleges campuses to each other and their communities may help alleviate college parking issues, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase overall student success,

Resolved, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges requests the California Legislature to develop and pass a bill that raises the California Diesel Fuel Tax C.A. Rev. & Tax. Code § 60050 (2016) by one cent per gallon and makes the resulting additional funding available to local public transportation agencies for the purpose of promoting high quality and convenient public transportation that links colleges campuses to each other and to their surrounding communities,

Resolved, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourages Governor Brown to support legislation that increases the year after year funding available to local public transportation agencies, for the purpose of promoting high quality and convenient public transportation that links colleges campuses to each other and to their surrounding communities.

Fall 2016 A.04-3: Student Trustee Advisory Vote

Author: Brenda Maya Esparza, Anthony Raya

Sponsor: Mt. San Jacinto College

Resolution Disposition:

Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas, California Education Code 72023.5 (a) (1) does not provide for the student trustee to have any type of voting rights as a member of the Board of Trustees,

Whereas, students should have a voice and vote in every decision made by any California Community College Board of Trustees,

Whereas, two California Community Colleges offer the student trustee an advisory vote,

Resolved that the SSCCC advocate to the legislature to change the voting rights of a student trustee.

Resolved that the SSCCC support the students of California Community Colleges by lobbying changes to Ed code that give each student trustee an advisory vote on his or her board.

Fall 2016 A.03-1: Student Resource Pamphlet

Author: Miguel Magallon

Sponsor: Victor Valley College

Resolution Disposition:

Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Students that are victims of domestic abuse, homelessness, or extreme financial hardship cannot easily find resources available to them,

Whereas, Students under those circumstances require accurate and up-to-date information to better their situation;

Resolved, The SSCCC encourage every California Community College to create an easily accessible, informational pamphlet to be distributed to the students of each community college,

Resolved, The pamphlet includes information regarding domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, food pantries, and additional financial support information relative to each community college location.

Fall 2016 A.01.03-1: Student Right Disbursement

Author: Abigail Ledesma

Sponsor: Victor Valley College

Resolution Dispositions:

Executive Committee and Regional Affairs Committee

Whereas, Many students throughout the state of California are minimally informed and aware about the rights of students in their respective colleges,

Whereas, The students of California cannot be properly represented by their student representatives without prior knowledge of what rights belong to the students and which do not; and

Resolved, The SSCCC Board create an informational pamphlet or packet, that can be distributed electronically, disbursing information about rights of students throughout the state of California to better inform students.

Fall 2016 A.01-1: Support for DACA and DAPA

Author: Chantel Picon & Abigail Ledesma

Sponsor: Victor Valley College

Resolution Disposition:

Executive Committee

Whereas, There are countless California community college students that currently fall under the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) programs,

Whereas, The United States has issued a temporary injunction on the DACA and DAPA programs and any new applicant can not be granted this opportunity (Citation 1),

Whereas, Uncertain immigration status causes great distress on a student and hinders their ability to successfully focus on school and studies;

Resolved, The Student Senate for California Community Colleges Board draft and distribute a letter in support of the reinstatement of the DACA and DAPA programs.

Citation 1: Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). (21 Sept. 2016). Retrieved from https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca

Fall 2016 A.02.03.04-3: Personal Hygiene Product Dispensers

Author: Omar Aceves

Sponsor: Southwestern College

Resolution Disposition:

Resolve 1: Regional Affairs Committee

Resolve 2: System Affairs Committee and Legislative Affairs Committee

Whereas: California Community College students must have availability to access a personal hygiene product dispensing machine all around campus to prevent personal embarrassment and discomfort.

Whereas: California Community College Students require access to personal hygiene products in bathrooms during school hours in case of a medical emergency or personal attention issue.

Whereas: California Community College Students may access a personal hygiene product dispenser in any bathroom to immediately purchase necessary personal hygiene products items at a fair price.

Whereas: California Community College Students will now be able to recognize one way to satisfy their personal needs in times of attention concerning their health and rejecting the potential of feeling embarrassed due to asking strangers for help.

Resolved: SSCCC shall encourage California Community Colleges to implement Personal Hygiene Product dispensers in bathrooms to secure the necessities of all students with needs of basic personal health items;

Resolved: SSCCC shall advocate the need for personal hygiene products distribution machines in all bathrooms to secure student’s wellness and accommodate students to feel less worried about not having to go far to purchase basic personal hygiene products.