Student Senate Update (March 25, 2020)
Through the use of its emergency and interim powers, and as the result of nearly 5 hours of discussion, StudEx has made the following executive emergency decisions.
- Elections will now begin on Sunday, April 19, 2020. This will provide candidates with extra time to prepare, given the lost time. This will also provide third parties (such as the EC and the Kansan) time to make decisions on ways to engage voters, such as a voting guide or a town hall.
- Elections will end on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Extending the voting period will provide both students and candidates the opportunity to navigate a digital campaign, as well as increase voter turnout.
- At the request of our Administrative Assistant, and myself, we will evaluate the turnover process for this year. Simply put, there is not enough time between now and April 27 for a proper turnover. Our hope is to have a proposal for this to send through committees by the end of this week.
- Committees will occur the week of April 5. Chairs will work with their committees to identify the proper service, time, and format for committee meetings. As such, legislation will be due Friday, April 3 at 5pm.
- Full Senate will occur via Zoom on April 15, with StudEx occurring the 13th. Information on the format to follow.
- Joint Senate and Joint Committees are tbd. Once we establish a proposal for turnover, we will set the calendar.I want to personally thank the members of the Student Executive Committee, Jane Tuttle & Marsha Carassco, the Elections Commission, and the fifteen or so dedicated Senators who took the time to help develop these recommendations. I, as do many others, find this to be a compromise and solution to help steer this Senate body through the coming weeks/months.If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Zach Thomason, Chief of Staff, at senatecos@KU.eduFor more information regarding University wide policies and updates, visit coronavirus.KU.edu or click here.