Student council hears fundraising update, changes data privacy policy – The Cavalier Daily

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At its first meeting of the semester, the student council heard an update on its fundraising campaign and passed a bill changing its data privacy policies.

Abel Liu, student council president and fourth-year student, began the meeting with updates from the board. Liu first addressed a recent meeting with university president Jim Ryan, where the couple discussed students concerns on housing and other resources for those who need to self-isolate.

Liu said he was assured that “hundreds” of isolations were available for students and that the University was “considering” moving the COVID-19 testing site which is currently located in Newcomb’s basement. Lobby. The University is currently advising students living off and on the grounds to self-isolate at home if possible, to preserve limited quarantine space for those unable to return home.

Liu also outlined the Student Council’s priorities for this upcoming semester, which include efforts to increase affordable housing and the fundraising campaign for the Student Council’s Support and Access Services branch.

Gabriela Hernandez, president of the representative body and a third-year student at the College, then provided information regarding the town hall’s student council held virtually on Thursday to address student concerns related to COVID-19 this spring. The Town Hall provided an opportunity for students to voice their concerns and interact with members of the University and the community.

Following updates from the Executive Committee, Jaden Evans, Student Council Finance Director and third-year student at the College, provided an update on the Ad Hoc Fundraising Committee, which was created in December to support the creation of a $5 million endowment for Support and Access Services. Committee members include Liu, Evans, Ceci Cain, Vice President for Administration and third-year College student, and Adrian Mamril, Manager of Support and Access Services and third-year Commerce student.

The Support and Access Services Branch of the Student Council was approved in a constitutional referendum in March 2021 and provides direct resources and services to students through grants and funding for needs including food and basic resources, manuals and mental health services.

Although Evans strives to ensure that these services are available for as long as students need them, he does not see Student Council financial support as a long-term solution.

“We expect that the needs of students [evolve], the need to address those needs will nonetheless exist,” Evans said. “It is no less reason for us on our side to ensure that we have the capacity to close these gaps as we continue to press the University to develop long-term solutions.”

The Ad Hoc Fundraising Committee is currently compiling data and student testimonials in hopes of using them in the next fundraising campaign. Evans said the committee plans to supplement outreach through official University channels with direct student contact, events and recognition opportunities.

“By demonstrating the myriad ways these services empower all students, especially those from first-generation and low-income backgrounds, we hope donors will recognize the unique opportunity to support this model as an example. of student self-governance,” Evans mentioned.

The Council then went into legislative session, during which the representative body adopted a FR21-26a bill that amends the Code of Conduct policies of the Rules and Ethics Committee to include data privacy.

According to the bill, all data users must annually agree to the Student Council’s most recent data privacy policy. This policy is developed in accordance with MRI-003the University’s data privacy policy, and applies to anyone authorized by the Director of Data Science and the Vice President of Administration to access data collected, given or held by the student council data science committee.

Cain said that as the student council moves more towards community service, its services require the collection of more private data. With that comes a need to protect him, Cain said.

“As we become more of a service delivery organization, we collect a lot more sensitive information,” Cain said. “We just want to make sure we’re discreet and protecting people’s privacy.”

The representative body passed the bill with 20 votes in favor and one abstention.

The legislature then passed FB21-27, a bill to amend existing student activity fee guidelines to ensure net IOC funding does not exceed $10,000 after supporting student activity fees. The resolution also allows funding of up to $50 per semester for food-related costs for CIOs.

Liu said he hoped the resolution would ease funding problems for some CIOs.

“I know many student organizations are frustrated with the lack of funding available for food from the Student Council or other sources and this is definitely a step towards solving this problem,” Liu said.

The bill specifies that there will be no funding restrictions on food for multicultural events and events directly related to the organization’s mission. The bill also specifically excludes the use of alcohol funds.

The bill passed with 20 votes in favor and one abstention.

The next student council meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 1 on Zoom. The link is available on the Student Council website website.

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