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Resolution to Censure President Rollin Richmond

Resolution to Censure President Rollin Richmond

Approved April 18, 2007

Whereas,      the mission of Associated Students is to provide a means for responsible and effective participation in the governance of the campus, to provide an official voice through which students’ opinions may be expressed, and to assist in the protection of the rights and interests of the individual student and the student body, and

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Whereas,      President Rollin Richmond is proposing a $202 increase in the Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) fee per semester, and

Whereas,      the Student Fee Advisory Committee recommended to not approve the new IRA fee and recommended a student referendum and that the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund (HEIF) and JackPass were removed, for the proposed Instructionally Related Activities fee increase on March 2, and

Whereas,      the Associated Students demanded that the proposed Instructionally Related Activities fee increase be brought to a student vote, that the fee was either earmarked or managed by students, and that the HEPI was removed on April 2, and

Whereas,      the eight student consultative committee created by President Rollin Richmond recommended a student referendum, that the fee was either earmarked or managed by students, and that the HEPI was removed on the Instructionally Related Activities fee increase during their two meetings, and

Whereas,      the Instructionally Related Activities recommended to president Richmond that the fee increase be voted upon, benefit all IRA programs, and be administrated by the IRA committee, and

Whereas,      President Rollin Richmond refused to have a student referendum and to comply with the recommendations noted above on the Instructionally Related Activities fee increase, and

Whereas,      President Rollin Richmond’s continued refusal to provide a student referendum on the Instructionally Related Activities fee increase prevents open lines of communication and marginalizes the suggestions of students, and

Whereas,      under the California State University Criteria for Presidential Assessment, the President is required to show evidence of open lines of communication; that work is effectively accomplished with others; and that the suggestions of others are solicited and considered in good faith; therefore be it

Resolved,      that the Associated Students censure President Rollin Richmond for his inability to accept the recommendations of three consultative bodies about the Instructionally Related Activities fee increase; therefore be it further

Resolved,      that the Associated Students begin a work group to create a resolution pertaining to a vote of no confidence against President Rollin Richmond for his past and present failed leadership; therefore be it finally

Resolved,      that copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to the following:

                HSU President Rollin Richmond, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, the CSU Board of Trustees, the Arcata City Council, Senator Mike Thompson, State Senator Pat Wiggins, Assemblywoman Patty Berg, Vice President of Administrative Affairs Carl Coffey,  Vice President of Academic Affairs Richard Vrem, Vice President of Advancement Robert Gonzales, Vice President of Student Affairs Steven Butler, the HSU Academic Senate, the California Faculty Association, The Lumberjack newspaper, and members of the local media.

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Brandon Hemenway                                  

College of Professional Studies Representative    

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Tyler Smith                                            

College of Natural Resources and Science              

Representative                                        

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Lladira Baez

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Representative

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Saqib Keval

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Representative

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Tara Holloway

College of Natural Resources and Science Representative

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Alan Chesbro

A.S. Legislative Vice President

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Crystal Chaney

A.S. President