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Spring 2017 Original Resolution Packet

Rules and Resolutions Committee


Name Email
Rules & Resolutions Chair, evp@studentsenateccc.org
Executive Vice President Lawrence Kelley resolutions@studentsenateccc.org
Rules & Resolutions Vice Chair, radregionviii@studentsenateccc.org
Director Lucy Hendrix
President Courtney Cooper president@studentsenateccc.org
Vice President of Communications Errin Bass vpc@studentsenateccc.org
Director Zachary Awe ladregioni@studentsenateccc.org
Director John Michaelson ladregioniii@studentsenateccc.org
Director Christian Chacon sadregionv@studentsenateccc.org
Director Cheyne Strawn ladregionv@studentsenateccc.org
Director Bryanna Siguenza ladregionvi@studentsenateccc.org
Director Saleem Moinuddin ladregionvii@studentsenateccc.org
Director Alejandro Lomeli sadregionviii@studentsenateccc.org
Director Edward Hou ladregionviii@studentsenateccc.org
Director Bernard McFadden sadregionix@studentsenateccc.org
Director Jerry Sirotnak ladregionix@studentsenateccc.org
Director Ricardo Marin radregionx@studentsenateccc.org
Director Alexis Del Castillo sadregionx@studentsenateccc.org
Director Isiah Titus ladregionx@studentsenateccc.org

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Dear Student Leaders and Interested Parties,

This packet includes a list of the resolutions up for consideration at General Assembly, as well as
those which are set to sunset. Prior to Fall 2016 General Assembly, resolutions had a 5 year period
before they were to sunset (become inactive.) However, with the adoption of the new resolutions
procedures, this was changed to six General Assemblies. Two years of resolutions that otherwise
would have had an opportunity to be renewed were immediately sunsetted. In an effort to not
disenfranchise those authors, sponsors, and previous Delegate Assemblies, I have opted to include
those resolutions. We want to give you the option to renew any that your organization may feel are
in need of renewal.

If you see a resolution here that could be enhanced by an amendment, you may submit one by
precisely outlining the changes to the resolution and having your amendment sponsored by any
ASO, Region, SSCCC Caucus, or the Board of Directors. Please refer to Article III, Section 3 of the
Resolutions Procedures for more information on requirements for amendments.

We carefully reviewed every resolution submitted. We would like to thank you all for your diligent,
dedicated service. Please know that each and every resolution was reviewed carefully. If you
happened to have a resolution rejected, please know we did not do so lightly. You now have the
option to appeal our decision directly to the Delegate Assembly. Please refer to Article V, Section 3
of the Resolutions Procedures for more information on how to submit your rejected resolution for
appeal.

The deadline to revive a sunsetting resolution or submit amendments is March 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm.
These submissions must include the name and contact information of a point person in the
sponsoring body and draft or official minutes from which the resolution was sponsored. The
complete resolution packet will be disseminated no later than April 05, 2017.

Sincerely,
SSCCC Rules and Resolutions Committee
Rules and Resolutions Chair
Executive Vice President Lawrence E. Kelley

Rules and Resolutions Vice Chair

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Director Lucy Hendrix

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

SSCCC Sunsetting Resolutions 7


Spring 2012 6
Spring 2012, 3.01 Pathway to Lift AB 540 Status 6
Spring 2012, 3.02 SB 1440 Implementation Imperative to Students Futures 6
Spring 2012, 3.03 Board of Governors Membership 7
Spring 2012, 8.01 Access to Federal Student Loans 8
Spring 2012, 14.01 Board of Governors Fee Waiver Awareness 8
Spring 2012, 17.01 Amendments to the Budget and Accounting Manual 9
Spring 2012, 20.02 Additional Textbooks 10
Spring 2012, 24.01 University Enrollment Cuts 11
Spring 2012, 24.02 Fall Commencement 12

Fall 2012 13
Fall 2012, 8.01 Responsibility in Financial Aid Disbursement 13
Fall 2012, 19.01 Child Care Center Funding 13
Fall 2012, 19.02 Promotion of Safe Sex Practices 14
Fall 2012, 23.02 Resolutions Debate Time 15

Spring 2013 16
Spring 2013, 6.01 Peer to Peer Counseling 16
Spring 2013, 12.01 Formal Training of Student Government Officers 16
Spring 2013, 15.01 Polling Places at California Community Colleges 17
Spring 2013, 17.02 Internal Funding 18
Spring 2013, 19.01 Awareness and Advocacy for Mental Health Resources 18
Spring 2013, 20.01 Student Access and Academic Success 19
Spring 2013, 22.01 Alternative to Online Courses 20
Spring 2013, 22.02 Student Equity and Equality (SEE) Act 21
Spring 2013, 23.01 Academic Senate Resolutions Coalescence 22

Fall 2013 24
Fall 2013, 2.01 ACCJC Investigation 24
Fall 2013, 7.01 Mental Health Services for Trans* Identified Students 24
Fall 2013, 7.02 Restroom and Changing Facilities Access Rights 25
Fall 2013, 12.01 Campus Safety Procedures 26
Fall 2013, (Spring 2013) 14.01 Student Representation Fee Hidden Exemption 27
Fall 2013, 19.02 Promotion of Safe Sex Practices 27

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Fall 2013, 19.03 Public Safety Improvement 28


Fall 2013, (Spring 2013) 20.01 Textbook Buyback 29
Fall 2013, 20.02 Advocacy for Textbook Price Regulation 29
Fall 2013, 20.03 Tax-Free Textbooks 30
Fall 2013, 21.01 Awareness and Advocacy for Veteran Resource Centers 31
Fall 2013, 21.02 SSCCC Centralized Online Resource for Veteran Students 31
Fall 2013, 22.01 Support Open Educational Resources 32
Fall 2013, 22.02 Syllabus Availability 33
Fall 2013, (Spring 2013) 23.01 Anti-Revolving Door Policy in Hiring 34
Fall 2013, 23.08 Status Report Update 34

Spring 2014 35
Spring 2014, 3.01 District Wide Official Transcript 35
Spring 2014, 5.01 The Green Technology Implementation Act 36
Spring 2014, 5.02 Statewide Sustainability Practices Initiative 37
Spring 2014, 7.01 Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics 38
Spring 2014, 7.02 CCCApply Gender Self -Identification 39
Spring 2014, 7.03 CCCApply Preferred Name Accommodation 40
Spring 2014, 8.01 Cal Grant A Award Reforms 41
Spring 2014, 8.02 Cal Grant A and B Renewal Reforms 42
Spring 2014, 9.01 Innovation of the CA Master Plan For Higher Education 43
Spring 2014, (Fall 2013) 9.01 Student Trustee Privileges 44
Spring 2014, 15.03 Institutional Memory 44
Spring 2014, 19.01 Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Resource Center 45
Spring 2014, 19.02 Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Students Educational Support
Services 46
Spring 2014, 19.03 Womens Restrooms Dispensaries 46
Spring 2014, 19.04 Establishing a General Prayer/Meditation Area 47
Spring 2014, 24.02 Improvement of Internet Access 48
Spring 2014, 24.03 CCC Reorganization Plan for Parking Facilities 49

Region Sponsored Resolutions 51


Safe Haven For California Community Colleges Resolution 51
Spring 2017 G.P.A. Requirement Change Announcements 52
Free Trade Zones for Intellectual Property 52
Environmental Education Resolution 53
Rise Against the Textbook Machine 54
Student Worker Pathway Program 55
Financial Literacy Program for ALL Students Receiving Financial Aid 55
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Expansive Education Freedom 56


Drop without a W Policy 57
Resolution Expanding Access to Student Centers 57
Shared Governance Resolution 58
Bright Campus Initiative 59
Support for Undocumented Students 59

ASO Sponsored Resolutions 61


Establishment of On-Campus Childcare Centers 61
Environmental Officer Position on each ASO 62
ADA Compliance Incentive Program 62
Original Sanctuary Campus Resolution 63
Title IX Closure Transparency 63
Smoking Policy Resolution 64
Sustainability Coordinator Resolution 65
Adapted Physical Education Center 65
Resolution Amending the Student Representation Fee 66
Vocation-Certification Expansion 67
Student Health Outreach 68
Increasing Digital Literacy in Community Colleges 68
Resolution Ranked Choice Voting 69
Support for AB 227 70
Students Rights and Responsibilities 70

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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 drivers
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

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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

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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

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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
districts 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

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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
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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;
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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.

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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

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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;

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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.

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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
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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 advocacyengaging 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
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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,

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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;
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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;

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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 Governors budget proposal undermines and disregards the reforms of
the Student Success Task Force Recommendations namely the 90-unit cap;
Whereas, The Governors 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 Californias higher education to its
students.

Spring 2013, 23.01 Academic Senate Resolutions Coalescence


Author: Nehasi Lee

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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.

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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 Secretarys 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
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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;

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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.

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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 Chancellors 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,

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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

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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

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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
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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 states 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 Veterans Caucus and local Associated Student
Organizations statewide; and

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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;

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Whereas, students are usually only made aware of the contents of a course syllabus after theyve 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

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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.

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Spring 2014, 3.01 District Wide Official Transcript


Author: Thuy Nguyen

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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
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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;
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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
ASOs;
Resolved, that the SSCCC in conjunction with Regions, the Chancellors 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 Chancellors Office website as well as any other pertinent
materials; and
Resolved, that the SSCCC work with Regions and ASOs 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 seventy-two (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
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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 non-binary 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
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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
non-conforming, and gender non-binary 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 non-conforming 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.

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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

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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 full-time 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 Californias 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;
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Whereas, The 1960 Master plan was originally written to cover the Californias 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 K-12 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 K-12 education
and the Governors 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

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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 4-year
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 others 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 SSCCCs 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.

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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 on-site 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

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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 Womens 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 womens 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 womens
restrooms and dedicate profits received towards school- sponsored or student- oriented
expenditures.

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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
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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.
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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 schools 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

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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 environmentallyresponsible 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.

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Region Sponsored Resolutions


Safe Haven For California Community Colleges Resolution
Author: Arash Akbar
Sponsor: Region IV

Whereas, the United States of America is a nation of immigrants, built by diverse peoples. Specifically, in
California, approximately one tenth of Californias workforce are undocumented and contributing
$130 billion annually to its gross domestic product (Citation 1); and
Whereas, the current presidential administrations immigration and education policies have resulted in
populations within the California Community College (CCC) system to express concern in regards to
policies that would require the cooperation of CCC officials to assist federal agencies in the
enforcement of immigration laws; and
Whereas, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy
of student education records in all schools that receive funds under any applicable program of the
U.S. Department of Education (DOE) (Citation 2). However, in Gonzaga University v. Doe, the
Supreme Court ruled that individual students or their parents do not have the right to bring legal
actions against a covered educational institution for FERPA violations and that only the DOE has
the authority to (Citation 3); and
Whereas, the introduction of H.R. 899 seeks to terminate the DOE by December 31, 2018 (Citation 4), and
selective enforcement of FERPA by the DOE or an elimination of the DOE would result in privacy
violations by educational institutions going unregulated; be it
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) encourage associated student
organizations (ASOs) to support the creation of safe haven schools to ensure that all students have
an opportunity to receive an education in the CCC system; and be it further
Resolved, that the SSCCC encourage ASOs to advocate for the non-cooperation of their community college
with any efforts to create a registry of students based on any protected status without a judicial
warrant, subpoena, or court order unless authorized by the student or required by California state
law.

Citation 1: Linthicum, K. (2014, September 4). Nearly 1 in 10 California workers is in country illegally, study
finds. The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from http://www.latimes.com

Citation 2: Family Policy Compliance Office (2015). Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
U.S.Department of Education. Retrieved from
https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

Citation 3: JUSTIA. (2002). Gonzaga Univ. v. Doe. US Supreme Court. Retrieved from
https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/536/273/case.html

Citation 4: Kentuckys 4th District. (2017). Rep. Massie Introduces Bill to Abolish Federal Department of
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https://massie.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases/rep-massie-introduces-bill-to-abolish-federal-
department-of-education.

Spring 2017 G.P.A. Requirement Change Announcements


Author: Vanessa Suarez, Matthew Rodriguez
Sponsor: Region V

Whereas, The main objective of most community college students is to obtain a degree and/or transfer to an
educational institution.
Whereas, Due to the rising impaction of California State Universities (CSU), universities are
increasing the minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) at unexpected rates, including mid-
semester changes; applications are accepted a year in advance for CSUs, leaving a student only one
year to obtain the required GPA.
Whereas, California State University, Fresno, proposed in an open forum item at a Counselor Conference in
mid-fall semester of 2016, an increase to the minimum cumulative GPA for local CSU area transfer
students from a 2.3 to a 2.5 for the following academic year; while not enacted, this change is subject
to occur at any time for future academic years and could potentially affect more than one in ten
students of the spring 2017 student body at Clovis Community College alone (1).
Whereas, Universities reserve the right to alter GPA requirements, advance notification should be given in
order to grant all students equal opportunity to acclimate in a timely manner to increased
requirements; without due notification, many community college students are forced to find
alternatives to their local CSUs such as local private universities or universities out of their local area.
Resolved, That the SSCCC advocate a minimum two (2) semester notice be given by any CSU institution
prior to any GPA requirement changes that could affect transfer admissions.

Source(s): (1) CCC Office of Institutional Research

Free Trade Zones for Intellectual Property


Author(s): Bradley Hook and Jonathan Leigh
Sponsor: Region VI

Whereas, the rapid technological advances in society have changed the way students learn and reshaped the
workplace environment, which the school system hasnt yet adapted to catering and has created an
apathetic view of how school doesnt train students adequately for their career,
Whereas, if a Free Trade Zone (FTZ), defined as a duty-free area in an airport, seaport, or other designated
area, were to be established on government owned community colleges in California (CA) for
intellectual properties of technology, artworks and literatures would potentially increase funding for
schools through increased enrollment by student interest and provide tangible career benefits for
students (Citation 1),
Whereas, community colleges owned by the state of CA are often an entry point for people seeking to
enhance their skills and abilities to succeed in the workplace and a FTZ allows for a student to
conduct business with minimal drawbacks while still in school and earn real world benefits,
Whereas, students paid a total of $18.7 billion to cover tuition, fees, books, and supplies at Americas

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community colleges in 2012 and forwent $78.7 billion dollars in earnings, and having a FTZ where a
student could be financially unrestrained to innovate and benefit the world through trade would help
reshape the educational system as students become personally re-invested in college (Citation 2),
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) advocate for language in the
CA State Legislature allowing community colleges owned by the state of CA to become free trade
zones for intellectual property of technology, artworks and literatures created by students of the
college.

The Law Dictionary, Free Trade Zone. Retrieved from:


http://thelawdictionary.org/free-trade-zone-ftz/

Economic Modeling Specialists International & American Association of Community Colleges, Where Value
Meets Values: The Economic Impact of Community Colleges Analysis of the Economic Impact and Return
on Investment of Education. Retrieved from:
http://www.aacc.nche.edu/About/Documents/USA_AGG_MainReport_Final_021114.pdf

Environmental Education Resolution


Author: Meyrav Revivo
Sponsor: Region VII

Whereas, the lack of awareness and connection to environmental concerns may lead
to unhealthy and unsustainable practices; and
Whereas, unsustainable practices may lead to an influx of waste, which leads to a burdensome
increase of maintenance and custodial costs which leads to a disproportionately negative
impact on both current and matriculating students; and
Whereas, the lack of proper environmental education as a part of the core curriculum may
compromise our future efforts in promoting the overall scope and impact in future
sustainability and environmental consequences; and
Whereas, the lack of environmental education or courses that cover environmental concerns could
lead to neglect in sustainability and our ecological impact due to a lack of serious
understanding and information gaps of the subject; therefore, let it be
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate with the California
Community College Chancellors Office to implement mandatory environmental education,
guidelines or curriculums; and
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocates and with California
Community College Districts to mandate environmental education.

Rise Against the Textbook Machine


Author: Saleem Moinuddin
Sponsor: Region VII
Whereas, the overwhelming prices of textbooks and other non-tuition costs have become a barrier
to access in education; and

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Whereas, the textbook industry has constantly increased the prices of textbooks through artificial
demand due to a lack of serious incentive to maintain competitive prices as students are a
captive market; and
Whereas, SB 1053 (2011-2012) cultivated momentum to promote the transition to colleges utilizing
Open Educational Resources (OERs) by developing a statewide open source digital library of
open source books and other resources that bear a creative commons attribution license
(California. California State Legislature, 2011); and
Whereas, the lack of open educational resources currently available along with the necessary
extensive content needed to support whole courses still leaves books from expensive
textbook publishers as the predominant staple in the California Community College
classroom; thus, let it be
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocates at the California
State Legislature to secure funding for grants to incentivize works to be published as OERs
for the next five years; and
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate with the California
Community College Chancellors Office and all other relevant system partners to institute
more grant programs and initiatives for all professors and other authors to publish their
academic textbooks, research, and other works as OERs; and
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges also work with the California
Community College Chancellors Office and all other relevant system partners to develop
modules, shell curriculums, and other supplementary content needed to carry a fully OER-
exclusive class; and
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocates with California
Community College Districts and faculty to affirm OERs and their curriculums to utilize in
all course sections for the next five years.

Belliston, C. Jeffrey, "Open Educational Resources" (2009). All Faculty Publications. 134.
http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/facpub/134

California. California State Legislature. California Legislative Information. SB-1053 Public


Postsecondary Education: California Digital Open Source Library.(2011-2012). By Darrell Steinberg.
Sacramento: California Legislative Information, 2012. Web. 20 Nov. 2016.
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201120120SB1053

Student Worker Pathway Program


Author: Kylee Loebs
Sponsor: Region VII

Whereas, students should have the opportunity for self-improvement through a future career and aspiration
for the work they wish to pursue in a particular position post community college degree; and
Whereas, student worker positions are available to students which are awarded after submitting compelling

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persuasive essays along with the applied major choice; and


Whereas, the opportunity to cultivate student worker programs could yield to more well-trained and
readily-available full-time staffing for California Community Colleges; so be it
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges work with ASOs to advocate with
California community College districts to develop Student worker job shadow programs that allow
students who wish to continue to work in their particular fields to be given priority in applying for
classified, staff, or other departmental positions that pertain to the students field in that college
district; so be it further,
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges also work with the California
Community College Chancellor's Office, Community College Districts, and all other relevant
departments to develop pathway programs that allows students whose work history is aligned with
the pursuit of a specific career in any of the particular departments the opportunity to transition into
a full-time position in any of the California Community Colleges.

Financial Literacy Program for ALL Students Receiving Financial Aid


Author: Eddie Johnson
Sponsor: Region VII

Whereas; American students are pushed to go to college, and borrowing tens of thousands of dollars
to pay for their education, the financial literacy gap leads many students to make painful early
mistakes with their Financial Aid money, and other repayable government loans.
Whereas, low-income students and students of color carry disproportionately large financial
burdens, it creates inequities within the loan system that are difficult to address through
policy change. College students who are making poor financial choices, are not aware that
these problems can follow them throughout their lives, and have a huge impact on their
creditworthiness (Hillman, 2015).
Whereas, the current national student loan debt is currently estimated at $1.28 trillion in total U.S.
student loan debt, thats with 44.2 million Americans with student loan debt. And the student
loan delinquency rate of 11.0%, the average monthly student loan payment (for borrower
aged 20 to 30 years): $351. The median monthly student loan payment (for borrower aged 20
to 30 years): $203 (U.S. Student Loan Debt Statistics, 2017).
Whereas; the highest dilemma that college graduates (and before that, high school graduates) face
has to do with student loans. What many students don't realize is that a student loan is a loan
on their future income. Too many students borrow way more than they will ever be able to
repay later in life.
Resolved; that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocates with the California
Community College Districts, other organizations and system partners to develop financial
literacy programs, classes and other supplementary resources for each of the 113 campuses
that will provide students with all of the current information provided by the FDIC and
other groups - through Money Smart or through other similar financial literacy programs.
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocates with the California
Community College Districts along with other organizations, system partners, and on-
campus advocates for the availability of Financial Aid and/or Direct Loans with the
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mandatory requirement that every student must take an FDIC Money Smart course other
similar financial literacy program prior.

Hillman, Nicholas W. (2015) "Borrowing and Repaying Student Loans," Journal of Student Financial Aid:
Vol. 45: Iss. 3, Article 5.

U.S. Student Loan Debt Statistics for 2017. (2017, February 8). Retrieved March 02, 2017, from
https://studentloanhero.com/student-loan-debt-statistics/

Expansive Education Freedom


Author: Aaron Hutchings Cypress College
Sponsor: Region VIII
Whereas, the future of students and their success rate, along with academic efficiency could excel at
a more enabling pace simply if the student has access and awareness to information in
regards to the professor and along with the course structure.
Whereas, Students should have a thorough understanding of what content they are going to learn,
any selected course is graded, whether or not online resources are used, and should have
access to an accurate biography of how a professor teaches. Biography will be defined as are
results-oriented standardized PDF and Word Document file for easy distribution, and that
format shall be in an aesthetic manner and designed as a fill-in- the-blank, to the point
document.
Whereas, the purpose of this resolution is to help the success of students reach their highest
academic potential and educational efficiency by bringing awareness of content herein the
resolves providing results intended to maximize student passing grades whilst reducing
academic course failures and class withdrawals.
Whereas, albeit not all students have access to certain resources and are not familiar with online class
work in result hindering their success potential. Students shall have the freedom to survey
their potential professor via access to a thoroughly-thought- out, standardized biography
with emphasis on content presentation, E.g. use of PowerPoints, verbal lecture, handouts,
outlines, combinations of specific tactics, activities engaged, group work, etc.
Resolved, that the SSCCC go about any means necessary to enact this first resolved to encourage
that professors supply their syllabus and *biography containing information regarding
structure of their class, grading methodology, description of course material, and report on
their teaching style, tools, resources, and materials.
Resolved, that the SSCCC conceive a system as a mechanism to be adapted (and carried
out/implemented) by CCCs for serving the purpose of keeping track of all current and new
professors, their syllabi and presumed bio, and the entire of all their courses to be recurrently
updated if applicable prior to registration of each semester.
Resolved, that the SSCCC allot an official designation for syllabi and bio that shall be unconditional
and updated ASAP prior to time of course selection and registration; whilst considering the
following ideas: Develop an entirely new website, or somehow manage granted access to or
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from RateMyProfessor to include proposed information assets, or oversee colleges reform


their websites to include proposed information assets, and, whilst keeping in mind an
established location is imperative to the success of this resolution.
Resolved, that the SSCCC encourage ASOs to put forth great effort(s) toward(s) bringing awareness
to the entire students as the school's whole regarding the services presumed to be provided
and the results herein, and that the SSCCC work with author in reforming and or
distributing biography to regions and or CCCs to further distribute to professors.

Drop without a W Policy


Author: Alex Cervantes
Sponsor: Region VIII

Whereas, there is currently no obligation for professors to drop students who have not shown
up to a single class session. Professors are given the option to drop students during the first
two weeks of school, but are not required to drop students.
Whereas, Students who are familiar with the college system think professors will drop students
from their classes if they do not attend class.
Whereas, Students sign up for classes and then are unable to attend college. For whatever reason,
students forget to drop these classes, or are unaware that failure to drop these classes will
result in a failing grade. This mistake causes students to get W or F grades, even though
they never attended class.
Resolved: Colleges create a policy to drop students who have not shown up to a single class
session during the drop without a W deadline.

Resolution Expanding Access to Student Centers


Author(s): Kevin Sabo, Rocio Aguayo, Sadia Khan
Sponsor: Region IX

Whereas, student centers play an important role in developing a sense of community on campus by
providing physical shelter to house services such as counseling, financial aid, veteran
resources, food pantries, and more for students;
Whereas, compared to four year universities, community college campuses often feel desolate
because many students are commuters and only visit campus to attend class;
Whereas, only eighteen, or a quarter, of California Community Colleges local districts have a Student
Center Fee in place to support the establishment and maintenance of student centers
throughout the system; and
Whereas, this is largely as a result of the fact a districts governing board can only implement the fee
of a dollar per credit for up to ten dollars after a two-thirds affirmative vote of students in a
referendum while the Student Representation Fee only requires a majority.
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges endorses amending California

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Education Code Section 76375, Subsection 1, Paragraph 2 to lower the voting threshold
necessary for implementing the Student Center Fee from a two-thirds to a majority vote of
students who vote.

Shared Governance Resolution


Author(s): Diana Contreras, Travis Alwin, Francisco Hernandez, Tiffany Marquez
Sponsor: Region IX

Whereas ASOs represent the student body through various channels, shared governance
committees are vital to effectively represent students concerns which are addressed in shared
governance committees.
Whereas, ASO participation in shared governance committees creates engagement between faculty,
staff, and administration to discuss student concerns.
Whereas, The shared governance committees discuss and review important matters that directly
affect the student body and campus life in community colleges. It is of the utmost
importance that student representatives are able to participate in shared governance so that
the student body is well represented, and student voices will be heard;
Resolved, That the Student Senate of California Community Colleges advocates that ASOs sit on
shared governance committees to be well informed on matters such as curriculum,
administration, finances, supplemental programs, and other issues that involve the student
body, student life, and the campus as a whole.*****
Resolved, That the Student Senate of California Community Colleges advocates that committee
representatives present a detailed report to their ASO informing them on the issues
discussed during shared governance committee meetings.

Bright Campus Initiative


Author: Aaron Hanna
Sponsor: Region X
Whereas, interventions that focus on improving street lighting aim to prevent crime by modifying an
environment and reducing opportunities for offenders to commit crimes.
Whereas, for Fall 2016 approximately 16.77% (260,904) students of California Community Colleges
attended evening classes. And approximately two-thirds (63.2 percent) of rapes/sexual
assaults occur at night.
Whereas, persons wanting to commit crimes may be encouraged by their environments, and
changing their environment with better lighting makes potential perpetrators feel more
apprehensive towards being caught.
Be it resolved, that the SSCCC encourages California community colleges to install energy efficient
bright lights in areas on campus that are not well lit or that have no lighting to help students
feel safe and reduce crime rates on campus.

Citations:

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Improved Street Lighting. (n.d.). Retrieved February 24, 2017, from


https://www.crimesolutions.gov/PracticeDetails.aspx?ID=38
SDCCD Office of Institutional Research and Planning. (2016, August). Fact Book City College.
Retrieved February 24, 2017, from
http://research.sdccd.edu/docs/Rsrch%20Reports/College%20and%20District%20Fact%20Books
/2016/Fact%20Book_Report_City_2016.pdf
<ahref="http://www.libraryindex.com/pages/447/Victims-Crime-WHEN-WHERE-DOES-
VIOLENT-CRIME-HAPPEN.html">Victims of Crime - When And Where Does Violent Crime
Happen?</a>

Support for Undocumented Students


Author: Susy Molina
Sponsor: Region X
Whereas, immigrant students feel unsafe at schools due to recent changes in political policy from the
United States Federal Government and the new administration.
Whereas, 1.17% of undocumented students attend community colleges in California as opposed to
California State Universities (0.83%) and Universities of California(0.18%).
Whereas, recent changes in immigration policy affect students success at school and at home directly
in a negative manner, and most of these students have no resources or information about
these changes.
Be it resolved, that the SSCCC encourages California Community Colleges to provide guidance,
assistance and sanctuary for students who are approached by immigration officials while on
or around or in transit to college campuses.
Be it resolved, that the SSCCC encourages California Community Colleges to serve as a liaison for
undocumented students and provide Counsel regarding immigration law.
Be it resolved,, that the SSCCC encourages California Community Colleges to inform students about
new immigration policies and make sure they are aware of any changes and how those
changes affect them.

Statistic Brain, S. (2015, September 12). Undocumented Student Statistics. Retrieved February 27,
2017, from http://www.statisticbrain.com/undocumented-student-statistics/

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ASO Sponsored Resolutions


Establishment of On-Campus Childcare Centers
Author: Nooria Munir
Sponsor: Sierra College

Whereas, among students who pursue higher education, student parents are more likely than non
parents to drop out, and since most student parents are low income and usually cite
caregiving responsibilities and lack of financial resources as their main obstacles to receiving
an education, increasing the availability of affordable childcare would help assist student
parents in earning advanced degrees and graduating (Shearer, 2013); and
Whereas, average childcare for an infant for a year ranges from $4,600-$15,000 which is more than a
years tuition for a community college student, having access to affordable on-campus
childcare is essential and necessary for low income student parents (Shearer, 2013); and
Whereas, fewer than half of community college campuses in the nation have on-campus childcare
available, despite the fact that most student parents attend community colleges than four year
universities (IWPR, 2011); so be it
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourages each ASO and
their respective college administrations to identify and establish on-campus childcare centers
on each CCC campus that are accessible and affordable to low income student parents; and
be it
Resolved, that the SSCCC advocates to the legislature for the state funding for the on-campus
childcare centers including its physical location as well as professional staffing; and be it
Resolved, that the SSCCC empowers ASOs 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.

Colleges Need More Child Care to Help Student Parents Graduate IWPR. (2011, March 22).
Retrieved February 18, 2017, from http://www.iwpr.org/press-room/press-releases/colleges-need-
more-child-care-to-help-student-parents-graduate

Shearer, E. (2013, May 16). Community Colleges Are Helping Mothers Go Back to School.
Retrieved February 18, 2017, from http://www.aauw.org/2013/05/16/mothers-going-
back-to-school/

Environmental Officer Position on each ASO


Author: Anna Mazur

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Sponsor: Sierra College

Whereas, according to the National Climate Assessment of 2014, global average temperature has
been rising steadily for the past 50 years primarily due to human activities1 and the average
temperature in the United States is predicted to rise anywhere from 3F to 12F by 21002;
and
Whereas, climate change is already affecting all living organisms on Earth, joint effort is required to
mitigate environmental impacts and create policies that would prevent future damages; and
Whereas, each California Community College campus is unique, uniform policies can be inefficient
and work for certain communities only; student leaders in each particular college have direct
access to local environmental agencies and other resources; so be it
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourages local Associated
Student Organizations to create an Environmental Officer position on each Student Senate,
the duties of whom include reaching out to local environmental agencies and partnering with
local climate advocates in order to find the best environmental practices; and be it
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourages local Associated
Student Organizations to work with their respective campus administration on promoting
and implementing best environmental practices on their campuses.

ADA Compliance Incentive Program


Sponsor: Woodland Community College
Author: Breeann James

Whereas, Community College budgets are underfunded, and resources are overstretched .
Whereas, Federal and State laws require community colleges to operate all programs and activities in
a manner which is accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities. and; (29 U.S.C. 794, 20
U.S.C. 1405, 42 U.S.C. 12101, Gov. Code 11135.)
Whereas, Associated Students are required under the Brown Act to hold meetings at an accessible
location.
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges work with the Chancellor's
office, and the Regions to create a program that advocates, consults and incentivizes ADA
Compliance.

http://extranet.cccco.edu/Portals/1/AA/DE/2011DistanceEducationAccessibilityGuidelines%20F
INAL.pd

Original Sanctuary Campus Resolution


Author: Desiree A. Evans and Andres Garza III,
Sponsor: Merced College

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Whereas, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges mission 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;
Whereas, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges maintains its commitment to the
principles of non-discrimination and equal protection of all students under the Equal
Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution; and
affirm and celebrate our support for all students, faculty, staff, and their families, regardless of
national origin, race, religion, sexual or gender identity, or immigration status;
Whereas, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges recognizes the relationship between
access to higher education and higher earnings, higher employment rates, and, ultimately,
elevated socioeconomic status;
Whereas, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges recognizes the definition of a
sanctuary campus as generally and minimally meaning a school that will protect all students by
ensuring a safe and undisturbed learning environment, especially for those that may be feeling
threatened by the current political climate, including but not limited to Muslim,
undocumented, and LGBTQ students. This definition stands while also acknowledging that
varying degrees of this definition are also valid, and may meet a similar purpose;
Be it Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for California
community colleges to attain and adopt Sanctuary Campus status as a way of supporting the
education of all students.

Plyler vs. Doe Summary of a Fourth Amendment Landmark Case: Plyler vs. Doe 457 U.S. 202
(1982). (2 Feb. 2017). Retrieved from http://www.uscourts.gov/educational-resources/educational-
activities/access-education-rule-law

Postsecondary Attainment: Differences by Socioeconomic Status. (2 Feb. 2017). Retrieved from


https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator_tva.asp

Title IX Closure Transparency


Author: Sydney Pugh
Sponsor: Moorpark College

Whereas, reporting a sexual assault or harassment is sometimes difficult for a victim because of
stigma and/or it is a common self-defense mechanism to avoid communication of their
trauma, which is described through the three (3) reactions common to victims after their
trauma: freeze (feeling paralyzed, feeling too numb to communicate or do anything), flee
(leave school and not return to higher education), or fight (file a report with campus
authorities or law enforcement) (citation 1);
Whereas, therefore, it is usually extremely difficult for victims to open up and relive their attack or
harassment, and they may experience learned helplessness if they do not experience full
transparency of the case;

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Whereas: victims may feel lack of closure after their pursuit of justice because it is only required
that the sanctions that directly relate to them are to be disclosed and reported upon in the
outcome of the Title IX cases (citation 2); and
Whereas, victims are not explicitly told whether a warning, reprimand, suspension, or expulsion are
used in a case, so victims are not given the opportunity to mentally prepare for a possible
sighting of their attackers on campus or gain closure; and it be
Resolved, that the Student Senate of California Community Colleges (SSCCC) advocate for policy
change that victims have rights of knowing the explicit sanctions placed upon their attacker
(citation 2)

Citation 1: Title IX and VAWA Training for Students. (n.d.). Retrieved February 27, 2017, from
http://www.titleixcourses.com/title-ix-vawa-training-students/?chapter=49
Citation 2: Know Your Rights: Title IX Requires Your School to Address Sexual Violence*. (n.d.).
Retrieved February 27, 2017, from https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/know-rights-
201404-title-ix.pdf

Smoking Policy Resolution


Author: Meyrav Revivo
Sponsor: Los Angeles Valley College

Whereas, smokers on campus compromise the health of other students, with regards to those whom
already have respiratory health risk such as asthma, bronchitis, etc; and
Whereas, lack of awareness for the consequences smokers face to their health and others, may
perpetuate ongoing negative consequences from smoking practices; and
Whereas, students do not comply with the smoking policy on campus - which results in improper
disposal and campus cleanliness practices; and
Whereas, smoke free campuses face the challenge of smokers not complying with the rules of
smoking in designated areas; therefore, let it be
Resolved, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for programs or events in
alliance with campus health centers to raise awareness for the concern of smoking; and
Resolved, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges coordinate with organizations and
system partners to help develop programs whereby smokers have the option of guidance for
receiving help to quit smoking; and
Resolved, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate with the California
Community College Districts and administration to promote the assigned locations for
designated smoking areas in addition to availability of proper receptacles and waste
management; and
Resolved, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate with the California
Community College Districts to implement enforcement of warnings and fines from the
Sheriffs on non-designated smoking areas on campuses.

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Sustainability Coordinator Resolution


Author: Meyrav Revivo
Sponsor: Los Angeles Valley College

Whereas; the improper allocation of resources on campus lead to higher expenses; and
Whereas; lack of communication of faculty and staff may result in wasteful and costly decisions; and
Whereas; the correlation between student health and environmental health is unclear and may lead
to unforeseen long term health issues amongst student populations; and
Whereas; students concerns may be unheard with regards to the growing field of environmental
related initiatives/future career pathways, this may compromise potential leadership roles;
therefore let it be
Resolved; the Student Senate for California Community Colleges work with ASOs to advocate with
California Community College Districts, administrations, and other system partners to
develop a sustainability coordinator position; and
Resolved; the Student Senate for California Community Colleges appoints a sustainability
coordinator to facilitate synchronization with the California Community College Districts and
other system partners for sustainability initiatives on campus; and
Resolved, the Student Senate for California Colleges establishes guidelines that align with
the vision of sustainability on College Campuses to promote awareness of the connection between
environmental health and human health.

Adapted Physical Education Center


Author: Patty and Gary Cifra
Sponsor: Los Angeles Valley College

Whereas, students with physical and developmental disabilities (including student veterans with
disabilities) may seek physical therapy resources in their community, staffed with trained
therapists, and that offer adaptive exercise equipment and adapted aquatics (handicap
accessible swimming pools), to provide them with essential exercise and physical therapy to
maintain their physical health and well-being; and
Whereas, students with physical and developmental disabilities (including student veterans with
disabilities), may come from low-income backgrounds, and lack health insurance or personal
finances to pay for these essential physical therapy resources from privately run physical
therapy centers or gyms; and
Whereas, many California Community College campuses currently do not have an established
and/or recognized Adapted Physical Education Center to provide for physical therapy
resources for the essential health needs of their students with physical and developmental
disabilities (including student veterans), and thus are deficient in offering those essential
health services; and
Whereas, those California Community College campuses that do have an established and/or
recognized Adapted Physical Education Center - offered through their Kinesiology

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Departments - are filled to capacity and are often serving students with disabilities living
outside of their geographical area; be it
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges will work in collaboration
with ASOs to advocate with their California Community College Districts and Admin to
identify and establish a handicap accessible Adapted Physical Education Center on each CCC
campus that will feature adaptive exercise equipment and adapted aquatics (handicap
accessible swimming pools), in order to provide students with physical and developmental
disabilities (including student veterans) with essential health services; and be it
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges will work in collaboration
with ASOs to advocate with their California Community College Districts and Admin to
make sure that Adapted Physical Education courses shall be offered at each CCC campus
through their Kinesiology Departments; and be it
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges encourage California
community colleges administrators to hire full time trained therapists to staff and adequately
maintain the Adapted Physical Education Center program.

Resolution Amending the Student Representation Fee


Author(s): Kevin Sabo, Rocio Aguayo, Sadia Khan
Sponsor: San Bernardino Valley College

Whereas, SSCCCs responsibility to advocate for and support student leadership and representation depends
on fiscal stability and contributions from every local associated student organization and region in the
California Community Colleges system;
Whereas, since AB 1358 took effect on January 1, 2014, only fourteen campuses have passed the Student
Representation Fee referendum and SSCCC has not received a single dollar of Student
Representation Fee revenues1;
Whereas, as of February 2017, nearly $4.5 million exists in district Student Representation Funds across the
system while SSCCC struggles to finance its operations2; and
Whereas, maintaining the Student Representation Fee as an entirely voluntary contribution continues to
allow those students objecting to association for political and/or religious reasons the capacity to
stand by their convictions.
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges endorses a statewide Student
Representation Fee as a voluntary contribution of $2 with the first dollar remaining at the campus
level and second being apportioned to SSCCC;
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges endorses amending California
Education Code Section 76060.5 to implement the Student Representation Fee statewide;
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges endorses an immediate transfer of at
least twenty-five percent of the current balance of Student Representation Funds in district accounts
statewide to SSCCC; and
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges authorizes the Board of Directors in
consultation with its Finance Committee to negotiate with any entity responsible for the

1
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1HdPndqFHhzHCtMopwxxPiSglQ0H_tYZb_qBxBYBc9WM/edit?usp=sharing
2
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1g0vjmm0yIDugY0JSX4AJnBl1wQgWm0J4g0tf3zTZHpc/edit?usp=sharing

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implementation of these provisions so long as such negotiations result in the statewide establishment
of the Student Representation Fee.
1https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1HdPndqFHhzHCtMopwxxPiSglQ0H_tYZb_qBxBYBc9WM/edit?usp=sharing
2https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1g0vjmm0yIDugY0JSX4AJnBl1wQgWm0J4g0tf3zTZHpc/edit?usp=sharing

Vocation-Certification Expansion
Author: Saleem Moinuddin
Sponsor: Los Angeles Valley College

Whereas, the enrollment rates of California Community Colleges has had an overall net decrease in
the past five years - which could could drastically reduce college funding if not addressed
according to FTES (Full-time equivalent students); and
Whereas, there is a lack of seriously accredited and affordable institutions involved in certification
and vocational training that exist in many industries/markets; and
Whereas, the California Community Colleges have traditionally been the most reliably accredited
institutions in teaching vocational skills and other training programs that transition into trade
or technical occupations; and;
Whereas, the California Community College system has benefited from noncredit in the past which
has included courses in vocation/workforce training, basic skills development, or other
course programs; thus, let it be
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocates at the California
State Legislature to secure funding for more workforce/technical training, job transition
partnerships, and general vocational skill classes; and

Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California
Community College Chancellors Office, California Community College Districts, and all
other relevant system partners to develop [or work on existing] platforms that ask for student
input on what noncredit classes they would like to take; and
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges also work with the California
Community College Chancellors Office, California Community College Districts, and all
other relevant system partners to develop modules, shell curriculums and other
supplementary content needed for vocation/workforce training/basic skills development
classes.

California, S. O. (2013). California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office - Data Mart. Retrieved
February 26, 2017, from http://datamart.cccco.edu/Students/Enrollment_Status.aspx

The Reemergence of Noncredit in the California Community Colleges. (2016, March). Retrieved
February 26, 2017, from http://www.asccc.org/content/reemergence-noncredit-california-
community-colleges

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Student Health Outreach


Authors: Nina Dinh, Christopher Lloyd, Christopher Ryan
Sponsor: Golden West College

Whereas, Title X is a federal mandate that requires community colleges to allocate resources for
comprehensive family planning and preventative health services.
Whereas, Community College students remain unaware of campus Title X resources and,
Whereas, California Community Colleges are required to implement programs to educate students about
Title IX and,
Whereas, As many as 23 % of female college students experience an unplanned pregnancy and, only 1 in 10
students with children receive their bachelors degree in 6 years.
Be it Resolved, that California Associated Student Organizations have a duty to inform students of their
Title X benefits and,
Be it further Resolved, that the Student Senate of California Community Colleges System Affairs
Committee will work in conjunction with Regional Affairs committees to urge member associated
student organizations to perform Title X educational outreach and,
Be it Resolved, that California Community College associated student organizations should strive to inform
students of their Title X benefits in part with their schools mandatory Title IX outreach.

Increasing Digital Literacy in Community Colleges


Submitted By: Caitlyn Nojiri
Sponsor: Orange Coast College

Whereas, many technological resources are available to students enrolled in institutions of higher education,
and colleges/universities oftentimes assume that all enrolled students are digitally literate,
Whereas, many students are unable to utilize technological resources because they are unaware of their
existence and/or how to navigate them;
Whereas, the Community College League of California (2016) states that the California Community College
system harbors a diverse student body which vary in their levels of digital literacy,
Whereas, technology is dynamic and exponentially growing becoming an integral tool for education, it is
imperative that students are updated in new technology to fit their academic needs for success
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges develop an online forum where
current community colleges students can share technological best practices and techniques taught from
their institution;
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate that all California
Community Colleges provide instructional videos and with step by step text instructions on how to use
various educational technologies (i.e. Blackboard, Canvas, Degree Works, Schedule Planner).

Community College League of California Fast Facts 2016. (2016). Retrieved February 28, 2017, from
http://www.ccleague.org/files/public/Publications/FF2016.pdf

Anderson, M., & Perrin, A. (2016, September 07). 13% of Americans don't use the internet. Who are they?
Retrieved March 01, 2017, from http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/09/07/some-
americans-dont-use-the-internet-who-are-they/

Resolution Ranked Choice Voting


Author(s): Rocio Aguayo
Sponsor: San Bernardino Valley College
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Whereas, one-round plurality votes often do not result in election of a candidate supported by a majority of
voters, one-round plurality votes present the 'spoiler' dilemma to voters, in which one may be forced to
choose between a more desirable and a more popular candidate, resulting in elections that don't
accurately measure the people's will; and
Whereas, this dilemma often discourages voters, reducing voter turnout and thus the legitimacy of the
election; and separate runoff elections are a poor solution because they are inconvenient, as shown by
the usually dismal turnout in such elections; and
Whereas, Ranked Choice Voting often referred to as Instant Runoff elections, in which voters rank the
candidates they support and these rankings are used to tabulate sequential runoff elections, is an
efficient and effective solution to these problems, resulting in fair, accurate, and legitimate elections;
and
Whereas, over 60 college campus throughout the nation use this voting method, and campaigns in ranked
choice voting elections are shorter, more positive, easily implementable and more consistent, making
democracy easier for candidates and voters; and
Resolved, that the members of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges use the Ranked
Choice Voting method to carry out elections, results in the encouragement for use in all other
Associated Student Organization elections for student elections; and
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges is authorized to endorse specific
legislation implementing or facilitating the implementation of Ranked Choice Voting; and
Resolved, other organizations working in support of Ranked Choice Voting are authorized to cite these
endorsements of the use of Ranked Choice Voting in its internal elections from the Student Senate for
California Community Colleges and Associated Student Organizations within the Student Senate for
California Community Colleges.

1F. (n.d.). RCV in Campus Elections. Retrieved March 02, 2017, from
http://www.fairvote.org/rcv_in_campus_elections

Support for AB 227


Author: Ejon Mannil
Sponsor: Victor Valley College

Whereas, Students that qualify for CalWORKS already face a great financial hardship in attending
community college,
Whereas,CalWORKs programs are instrumental in providing critical education, training, support services,
and job opportunities to assist families living in poverty to reach their educational/employment goals
and achieve economic self-sufficiency (California Community 2014),
Whereas, AB 227 seeks to create a financial incentive for these students to attend and complete community
college;
Resolved, the SSCCC Board of Directors educate the regions and their ASOs about AB 227 to better
address the needs of their students, and
Resolved, the SSCCC Board of Directors, regions, ASOs work in conjunction to mobilize students in
support of AB 227.

California Legislative Information. (26 January 2017). Retrieved (February 27, 2017), from
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California Community Colleges Chancellors Office: Student Services and Special Program. (May 2014).
Retrieved (March 1, 2017), from
http://extranet.cccco.edu/Portals/1/SSSP/AboutSSSP/Programs/Fact%20Sheet%20CalWORKs%20
5-14.pdf

Students Rights and Responsibilities


Author: Kaitlyn Deimon
Sponsor: Grossmont College

Whereas, all citizens and basic rights and have access to said rights through the constitution of the United
States and Bill of Rights established in 1789 and ratified in 1791; and
Whereas, the relationship between student rights and student responsibilities is vital and must be maintained
and upheld; and
Whereas, the rights and responsibilities of students are imperative in an educational setting because they
allow for informed consent and decision making; and
Resolved, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges must have student rights and
responsibilities as supported by the California Education code and US Bill of Rights, within reason and
adherence to local and adherence to local and federal laws, included within the college governing
literature with student input and easily accessible to students.

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