University of Missouri

47-46: A Resolution to Support the Student Curator Bill (SB 873) as Reported by the Missouri Senate Rules Committee

WHEREAS, the students of the University of Missouri system have had a nonvoting student representative in good standing on the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri since 1984, and

WHEREAS, the students of the University of Missouri system currently provide more than any other single source (48.2%) of the total operations budget of the University of Missouri system, and

WHEREAS, the students of the University of Missouri are acutely aware of the many statewide issues that have been presented to the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives this session, and

WHEREAS, On February 1, 2005, the Missouri Students Association Senate passed Bill 44-34, A Joint MSA/GPC Resolution to Support the Work of the Associated Students of the University of Missouri, which expressed support for a the creation of a voting student representative of the Board of Curators, and

WHEREAS, On December 12, 2007, Missouri Senate Senator Chuck Graham submitted Bill 873, which “provides for a voting student curator on the University of Missouri board of curators if Missouri loses a congressional district based on the 2010 census,” and

WHEREAS, On February 13, 2008, MSA Senate passed Bill 47-25, A Resolution Supporting a Voting Student Representative on the Board of Curators, and

WHEREAS, Bill 47-25 states, “Be it resolved that the students of the University of Missouri-Columbia do reaffirm their support for the student representative to the Board of Curators to be given a vote on all appropriate matters with respect to the Board of Curators,” and

WHEREAS, On February 21, 2008, a substitute version of Missouri Senate Bill 873 was passed by the Missouri Senate Education Committee, and

WHEREAS, The substitute bill states that the Student Curator “shall have the right to vote on any matter before the board, including the hiring or firing of the
University of Missouri system president, but the student curator shall be excluded from all other decisions regarding hiring or firing of faculty or staff,” and

WHEREAS, The substitute bill was adopted by the Missouri Senate on April 1 and passed on April 3 by a vote of 31 to 2, and

WHEREAS, The substitute bill was reported by the Senate Rules Committee to the Missouri House of Representatives and is currently awaiting assignment to a House Committee.

THEREFORE, Be it resolved that the students of the University of Missouri support Senate Bill 873, providing for a voting student curator on the University of Missouri board of curators if Missouri loses a congressional district based on the 2010 census, as reported by the Missouri Senate Rules Committee on April 3, 2008.

Respectfully submitted,

Jonathan Mays        Craig Stevenson
MSA Senate Speaker        ASUM Legislative Director