Amendment 12: Appointment of Student Body President to Board of Governors ...
Published: Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 1:12 a.m.
A look at the constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot from the League of Women Voters of Florida Education Fund:
Amendment 12: Appointment of Student Body President to Board of Governors of the State University System
Synopsis: The state’s 11 public universities are part of the State University System, which is governed by a 17-member Board of Governors. Under current law, the president of the Florida Student Association is, by virtue of the position, a member of the Board of Governors. Not every university is an active FSA member, however. Currently, 10 of the 11 universities take an active role. Florida State University prefers not to pay the FSA dues, feeling its interests are better represented in other ways. Under the current system, student council presidents from schools that are non-FSA participants, like FSU, can never be the student representative on the Board of Governors. If passed, Amendment 12 would instruct the Board of Governors to create a new council consisting of the student body presidents of all 11 universities. Presumably, all 11 universities would participate. The chair of that new council would replace the chair of the FSA as the student representative to the Board of Governors.
A vote YES on Amendment 1 would:
- Create a new council of student body presidents from which the student representative to the Board of Governors would be selected
- Remove the Florida Student Association president from the Board of Governors
- Require all state university student body presidents to participate in the newly created council
A vote NO on Amendment 1 would:
- Not authorize the creation of a new council of student body presidents
- Retain the Florida Student Association’s current role on the Board of Governors
- Require that state universities participate in the Florida Student Association in order to be represented by the student member of the Board of Governors
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