Senate Resolution 15-23: Changes to Finance Bylaws
March 17th, 2016
Senator Allie McNamara
WHEREAS: The Student Senate is an organization that could more fully represent Illinois College in all respects, including the vision statement and the new Strategic Map, introduced by President Barbara Farley during the Fall Semester’s Farley Forum. This means adopting new policies and procedures, including those in which the Student Senate can help “build an international reputation” and “make a difference in the world” and achieve “meaningful lives of “leadership and service.”
WHEREAS: The eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo has experienced the deadliest conflict since World War II, with 5.4 million people dead as a result. The conflict there is being waged by armed groups that are being fueled by the profits of selling minerals –like tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold- which then end up in the products of large, American companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Sony. Illinois College can help by stopping some of the flow of money by investing responsibly in companies that are ethical in their purchase and use of these minerals.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: The Student Senate Finance Committee will amend the Finance Bylaws, upon approval of the full Student Senate, to ensure that Student Organizations, funded by the Student Activity Fund, will only purchase electronics from companies that are working to source conflict-free minerals from Congo. See attached materials to see proposed amendments.
RESOLVED: Upon approval, student organizations will be required to sign the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative Agreement and the Finance Bylaws Agreement to abide by the Finance Bylaws in order to receive money from the Student Activity Fund. Student Organizations will be given all necessary materials to inform them about how to determine adequate information about a company’s mineral sourcing practices, and also about appealing the rules of the agreement by the Finance Committee when requesting an allocation. This will go into effect with the start of the 3rd Legislative Session of the Senate and go on until all American electronic companies make their products conflict-free.
Add in under Article III, Section 3:
Any party applying for funding must:
- Complete and submit all forms required by the Center for Student Involvement.
- Complete and submit an allocation form.
- Provide a list of membership.
- Sign the Finance Bylaws Agreement
- Sign the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative Agreement
- Provide any additional information requested by the Finance Committee within one week of the request.
- Meet with the Finance Committee, should they request it.
Failure to comply with any of the above is to be considered grounds for a reduction or elimination of a party’s funding at the discretion of the Finance Committee.
Add in under Article IV, Create Section 6:
All Student Organizations applying for funding must also pledge to buy electronics that are labeled “DRC Conflict- Free” in accordance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, passed in 2010 by the United States Congress. This means that student organizations will only buy electronics that are being made by companies that are investing responsibly in the mining industry of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Student Organizations can do this by signing the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative Agreement and also by buying from highly ranked companies on the Enough Project’s most up –to-date Company Rankings list, both of which can be provided by the Finance Committee. In the event that a student organization needs to buy an electronic that is not from the high-ranking companies, and appeal can be made directly to the Finance Committee.
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