Resolutions serve as one of the most important functions of Student Senate -- to act as the voice of the Students of the University of New Hampshire. Due to their importance, the Senate taken steps to ensure that Student Senators have an oppurtunity to guide the life of each resolution from beginning to end. Here are the normal steps to making a resolution:
- Tabling your Resolution
- This is the step where you submit a rough draft of your resolution for the Senate to approve. At this step, you submit the resolution to the Speaker, who will then put it up at the next Senate meeting. No debate is allowed due to the fact that the proper discussion on the resolution should take place in Council. The resolution is considered approved if no one objects -- if someone does, the Chair will call for a majority vote.
- This step allows Senators to be aware of all resolutions being discussed in each Council, helps with the Senates' record-keeping, and helps to stop the submission of resolution ideas that a majority of members disagree with.
- The deadline for the author to submit a resolution is 4.00pm on Sundays (for consideration of the Senate that day).
- Council Consideration
- After your resolution has been tabled, it is referred ('remanded') to one of the seven Councils of the Student Senate. There, the rough draft that was passed by the Senate will be polished -- language will be expanded on, research and annotations inserted, etc. The Council Chair will most likely meet with the University Department which will be most affected by the resolution -- always ask to tag along! If the Council approves of your resolution, it will send it to the next step.
- The deadline for a Council Chair to submit an approved resolution is 4.00pm on Fridays (for consideration of Judicary Committee that Sunday).
- Judiciary Committee
- The Judiciary Committee is charged with interpreting the Governing Documents and ensuring that the whole organization is playing by the rules. At this stage, the resolution submitted by a Council will be checked for proper formatting, and to make sure it doesn't conflict with a Governing Document.
- Senate Debate
- If passed by Judiciary Committee, the resolution proceeds to the Senate for debate and its approval.
- Resolution Sent
- Congratulations! If your resolution was passed by the Senate, it is sent by the Speaker to the relevant administrators or officials. The Office of the Speaker and the Cabinet of the Student Body President will monitor the implementation of the resolution throughout the academic year -- reach out to them with any questions.
Resolutions are not to be taken lightly. They are sent by the Senate Speaker to a number of administrators, posted on social media, and bind the message of the Student Senate.
If you need help with resolution formatting, please contact the Speaker of the Student Senate at firstname.lastname@example.org.