The UC Riverside Community was put in an unforeseen circumstance where Administration had to act swiftly, and move to remote instruction for the remainder of winter quarter and the entirety of the spring quarter. This was the appropriate action that was needed to ensure that the UC Riverside stays safe during a pandemic.
At the time of this writing, 4.17.2020, ASUCR has not released any official statement regarding its functions during the spring quarter. ASUCR has conducted senate meeting
I would like to show my support to Vice President of Campus of Internal Affairs, Jocelyn Ortiz, decision to donating the rest of her budget, $20,000.00, to supporting basic needs in this time of uncertainty. I believe this is something that is needed in times of uncertainty.
For the upcoming spring quarter, the Associated Students of the University of California, Riverside (ASUCR) should invoke its legislative and executive powers in supporting the undergraduate student body during this time of uncertainty.
Below is a list of actions that can be taken by the Associated Students to help the Student Body:
ASUCR should issue an Executive Order to use ⅔ of the remaining balance ($3,542.46/$5,367.37) in the ASUCR Contingency Funds to purchase N95 Masks, Gloves, Hand Sanitizers, and Food to be distributed. The Contingency Fund was created to support student organizations. Since student organizations are not allowed to host events and programmings, ASUCR should use the remainder of these funds to support the entire student body. Since the ASUCR Senate cannot convene in person, this would be the fastest and constitutional way to support the undergraduate student body.
ASUCR Senators should pool together the remainder of their Senator Budgets to add to the purchasing of N95 Masks, Gloves, Hand Sanitizers, and Food. Senator budgets were created to provide funding for Senators to put on events for the benefit of the entire student body. Being that this goal cannot be accomplished under UCR’s COVID-19 Guidelines, The remaining balance should be placed to support the well being of the student body. (Power given by Bylaw: CHAPTER
ASUCR should issue a resolution to the Administration listing the reasons for a fee refund to the undergraduate student body. In the letter sent by UCOP, “all such [fee] charges are generally expected to apply to all students at the campus, irrespective of whether an individual student utilizes a particular service or facility funded by the fee”. There is a distinct difference between an individual student’s utilization of a fee and the charging of a fee without providing stated services/fees.