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August 23, 2017   |   Ithaca, NY

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SGA passes bill to increase student representation on committees

The Ithaca College Student Government Association passed a bill Oct. 12 designed to further student representation on collegewide committees.

The legislation, which was sponsored by senior Kyle James, vice president of academic affairs, and junior Kaitlin Logsdon, School of Communications senator, calls for at least two students to be placed on each collegewide committee with the exception of the Promotion and Tenure Committee.

The bill also contains the resolution that one member of the SGA will sit on both the college’s Faculty Council and Staff Council as an ex officio member — a member who can give input but can’t vote — and one member from Faculty Council and Staff Council will sit on the SGA, also as an ex officio member.

James gave examples of committees he feels students are underrepresented on, naming the Institutional Effectiveness and Budget Committee and Staff Council — both of which he said have no student representatives.

Bills passed by the SGA serve as recommendations. After a bill is passed, the senator behind it forms a committee with other SGA members and then brings the idea behind the bill to the organizations or offices whose jurisdiction it falls under to work on it.  On their own, passed bills represent the will of the SGA and require additional work to create change.

Evan Popp can be reached at epopp@ithaca.edu or via Twitter: @evanpopp22