View Bill 21-22-16

Senate Bill 21-22-16

Bill ID: 21-22-16
Name: Implementation of a SGA Ex-Officio Representative on the Senate Standing Committee for Academic Procedures and Standards
Proposed: 10/07/2021
Sponsor: Madhulika C. Nallani, UMD SGA Director of Academic Affairs
Proposal: Currently, there is no Student Government Association (SGA) representation on the Senate Standing Committee for Academic Policies, Standards and Procedures. Since SGA represents the entire undergraduate student body, and has a committee dedicated to improving the academic experience for all undergraduate students, it is important for the SGA to be present in important discussions relating to academic affairs. Thus, having SGA representation in the Committee for Academic Procedures and Standards is essential.

The Senate Standing Committee for Academic Procedures and Standards should add an
SGA ex-officio representative to their committee members. SGA serves as a platform for the entire student body to voice concerns and advocate for issues they see as important. SGA’s reach is far and extensive, allowing them to work with students of different backgrounds, and advocate on behalf of them to administration and the greater College Park community. Adding an SGA ex-officio representative to the committee would significantly increase the student body’s ability to better
understand improvements made to their own education. Through consistent student outreach, weekly committee and general body meetings, and collaboration with administration, SGA members have a unique perspective they can bring to
meetings allowing for meaningful and productive conversations. Furthermore, given that academics are at the forefront of why students come to school, having this position will prioritize students in the implementation of undergraduate student education.

In the document, “Bylaws of the University Senate at the University of Maryland”, under Section 6.1, clause A outlines membership of the Academic Policies and Standards committee. This should be revised, by adding that the “President or representative of the Student Government Association” will sit on the committee. Section 6.4 Clause A of the same document can be used as reference as it pertains to membership of the Educational Affairs Committee.

Senate committees such as Educational Affairs, Campus Affairs, Student Affairs, and the Athletic Council all include a SGA representative within their membership.


Status: Under Review
Under Review By: Elections, Representation, & Governance (ERG) Committee
Received: 10/18/2021
Decision Due By: 03/30/2022
Next Step: SEC Review
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 10/11/2021
Decision Date: 10/18/2021
Decision: The SEC voted to charge the Elections, Representation, & Governance (ERG) Committee with reviewing the proposal.
Next Step: Elections, Representation, & Governance (ERG) Committee Review
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