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Yale-NUS Prepares to Ratify New Student Government Constitution

After 50 hours worth of meetings, Yale-NUS College is finally ready to ratify its brand new constitution, following its a semester long review.Student Government Endorsement of the draft Constitution

During the meal times (8-10AM, 11:30AM-1:30PM, 6-8PM) on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 November students will be able to vote on whether or not Yale-NUS needs a student government and what form such a government should take. Members of the public can come to the dining hall anterooms during this time to cast their vote or contact the constitution review committee if they are unable to attend or on study abroad.

This follows the public comment period, during which students were able to submit amendments to the draft constitution. Students may view and vote on the amendments made in Student Government’s Direct Democracy Section.

Ahead of the ratification, the inaugural Student Government released an endorsement of the new constitution and the new changes it brings.

The committee also released voting guidelines ahead of the ratification and the The Yale-NUS College Student Government Constitution (Final Draft 24 November 2015).

Direct Democracy Vote on Constitution Review Committee Amendments (21/11/15)

On Saturday 21 November the Constitution Review Committee met to discuss the Amendments submitted during the two week public comment period. The committee to modify the constitution in the following ways:

Article 3 Section 8 Clause 5f (modification). Hold open meetings of the budget committee, except when making final decisions regarding the budget of the student organisations. For meetings in which final decisions on the budget of student organisations are made, minutes will be made public after the meeting has ended;
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
Article 3 Section 8 Clause 7b (modification). Seek out opportunities to establish relationships with parties external to Yale-NUS College, including College alumni and other universities,
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
Article 3 Section 11 Liaisons (modification). Section 11: Liaisons The Council shall, by a ⅔ vote of its members, appoint liaisons to organisations and constituent bodies of the College. Any member of the Council, with the exception of the President, Vice President, and Speaker, may be appointed as a liaison, regardless of other duties or positions. The Council shall appoint individuals to liaise with each of the following groups one the College. 1, Each Residential College; 2. Athletics; 3. Arts; 4. The Centre for International and Professional Experience; 5. Educational Resources and Technology.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
​[1:56] Article 3 Section 8 (modification). Section 8: Directors The Directors are the heads of the portfolios within the Council; including the seven portfolios mandated by the Constitution and any additional Portfolios the President creates. The Directors shall oversee and advocate for students’ interests in their respective portfolios, give regular reports to the President and Council at large, and form, oversee, and disband committees. There will be a Director, and may be co-Directors of:
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
Article 4 Section 3 Clause 3c (modification). For the Budget Committee, which allocates funding to Student Organisations, have mixed membership. Half will be current members of Council, half outgoing and then adjusted for demographics. A member from the Dean of Students Office will also sit on this Committee. This committee will sit for the entire fiscal year, instead of the Council’s term of office;
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
Article V Section 8 (addition): Communication with Office of the Dean of Students: Should the Judiciary have knowledge that a matter it is investigating is in violation of the Yale-NUS College guidelines or the laws of the Republic of Singapore, the Judiciary shall refer the matter in its entirety to the Dean of Students promptly. The said laws and guidelines include but are not limited to: a. Non-academic uncivil behaviours, b. College policies on sexual misconduct, c. Community standards for student organisations, d. Residential Policy Guidelines, e. Any offence under the Criminal Law of the Republic of Singapore.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
Article VI Section 2 1e (addition): Limiting the number of consecutive terms for any student to hold the position of President to two;
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
Article 3 Section 5c (addition): No Council member may remain in office as President for more than two consecutive terms.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
Article 9, Section 6, Clause 1 (modification): If any member of the Council objects to executing a Council decision on any grounds, the said member will submit a letter to the Council within a week providing a reason for refusing to execute the decision;
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
Article X section 3, “petition” (modification). A motion initiated by a member of the student body to enact or overturn Government action. For required percentage of signatories consult Schedule 3.1
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
Article VI (modification) - Significant Changes that allow for Elections to start in the Fall Semester.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain

These decisions will now be open to voting via the Student Government Direct Democracy Platform.

Constitution Review Committee Meeting 21 November 2015

Direct Democracy Vote on Student Government Decisions (9/11/15)

MOTION: This house believes that we should include faculty, and only faculty, in addition to students, in the mascot voting process.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
MOTION: This house believes that we should include faculty, and only faculty, in addition to students, in the mascot voting process.
  • Yes (Jay, Maria, Bing, Ami, Zach)
  • No (Jared, Tee)
  • Abstain (Yongzhi, Feroz, Dave)
  • Absent (Qis)
MOTION: This house believes that there should be a separate “no government/ yes government” ballot alongside the ratification vote.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
MOTION: This house believes that there should be a separate “no government/ yes government” ballot alongside the ratification vote.
  • Yes (Yongzhi, Dave, Tee, Bing, Feroz, Ami, Zach)
  • No (Maria)
  • Abstain (Jared, Jay)
  • Absent (Qis)
MOTION: The members and former members of the Constitution Review Committee, except the Devil’s Advocate, should not be allowed to run for the Government next semester.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
MOTION: The members and former members of the Constitution Review Committee, except the Devil’s Advocate, should not be allowed to run for the Government next semester.
  • Yes (Yongzhi, Zach, Tee, Ami, Jared, Bing)
  • No
  • Abstain (Dave, Maria, Jay)
  • Absent (Feroz, Qis)

Minutes 9 November 2015

As mandated by Article V, Section 1 B of the Constitution: “The Government shall implement an online platform where students can vote on all preliminary decisions. If a majority of students vote against the decision within 48 hours, then that decision will be overturned.”

Direct Democracy Vote on Student Government Decisions (2/11/15)

MOTION: There should be an option for the student body to reject the existence of a constitution, in the Ratification process for a new Constitution to be held by the end of the Academic year.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
MOTION: There should be an option for the student body to reject the existence of a constitution, in the Ratification process for a new Constitution to be held by the end of the Academic year.
  • Yes (Yongzhi)
  • No (Bing, Feroz, Jared, Tee)
  • Abstain (Ami, Dave, Maria, Qistina)
  • Absent (Jay, Zach)
MOTION: To add a by-law that the number of class representatives will be 3, to represent the existence of three classes in Yale-NUS College, in line with the letter of the existing Constitution (which states one representative per class). There will be a total of 10 Government members.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
MOTION: To add a by-law that the number of class representatives will be 3, to represent the existence of three classes in Yale-NUS College, in line with the letter of the existing Constitution (which states one representative per class). There will be a total of 10 Government members.
  • Yes (Ami, Bing, Dave, Feroz, Jared, Maria, Qistina, Tee, Yongzhi)
  • No
  • Abstain
  • Absent (Jay, Zach)
MOTION: Request for welfare funding i.e. food and drinks for Constitutional Amendment on 8 November 2015.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
MOTION: Request for welfare funding i.e. food and drinks for Constitutional Amendment on 8 November 2015.
  • Yes (Ami, Bing, Dave, Feroz, Jared, Maria, Qistina, Tee, Yongzhi)
  • No
  • Abstain
  • Absent (Jay, Zach)
MOTION: Request for government to allow budgeting for printing of Constitution for all suites in Yale-NUS College.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
MOTION: Request for government to allow budgeting for printing of Constitution for all suites in Yale-NUS College.
  • Yes (Ami, Bing, Dave, Feroz, Jared, Maria, Qistina, Tee, Yongzhi)
  • No
  • Abstain
  • Absent (Jay, Zach)
MOTION: Government to present the Cabinet with the top three options from the Identity survey for them to pick from.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
MOTION: Government to present the Cabinet with the top three options from the Identity survey for them to pick from.
  • Yes (Ami, Bing, Dave, Feroz, Maria, Qistina, Tee, Yongzhi)
  • No (Jared)
  • Abstain
  • Absent (Jay, Zach)
MOTION: Dave to be given permission to disseminate the identity survey link via email to entire student body.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
MOTION: Dave to be given permission to disseminate the identity survey link via email to entire student body.
  • Yes (Ami, Bing, Dave, Feroz, Jared, Maria, Qistina, Tee, Yongzhi)
  • No
  • Abstain
  • Absent (Jay, Zach)

Minutes 2 November 2015

As mandated by Article V, Section 1 B of the Constitution: “The Government shall implement an online platform where students can vote on all preliminary decisions. If a majority of students vote against the decision within 48 hours, then that decision will be overturned.”