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USU Students For A Revote On Proposed Constitutional Changes

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During USU's final elections on Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 25-26, Utah State University students were presented with 5 proposed changes to the USUSA constitution to vote one, which are as follows:

1. Removing the "/" from the "USU/SA" acronym and changing it to "USUSA."

2. Changing references of "Regional Campuses and Distance Education (RCDE)" to reflect name change to "Regional Campuses (RC)"

3. Removal of the Academic Senate Pro Tempore position

4. Addition of behavioral conduct requirements to definition of "Good Standing" for eligibility of office.

5. Authority of Executive Council put officer on probation with 2/3 majority vote without Hearing Board

6. Minor grammatical changes

The problem? Because of poor communication and oversight (at the least...this is giving USUSA officials the benefit of the doubt) during the process of the giving the text for these changes to the site manager for, the proposed constitutional changes were grouped as one item. This means students had to vote yes for all of them, or no for all of them. This is unacceptable. NO ONE can genuinely argue these items are similar in anyway, or of equal importance...some of the changes affect branding, while some could (potentially) affect the standing and reputation of student officers. For context, if USUSA had grouped candidates into arbitrary "parties" of their choosing, and made you vote on one group or another, students would be in uproar. But this mishap has slid by without any real effort to rectify it in order to give students an actual, unique, meaningful voice on these proposed constitutional changes.

By signing this petition, you - and we together - are telling USUSA that we want and demand a revote on these constitutional changes with the following process implemented carefully and without mistakes: a) The current votes placed on the grouped-together constitutional changes will be nullified, b) A new link to a survey will be issued with c) each of the 6 items as their own separate condition within that survey. This is what is fair and right. It is something simple to fix, and shouldn't have to be a big deal. To ignore this would be at the very least disrespectful and disregarding USUSA's duty to advocate for students.

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