The Board discussed the Social Contract and revisions to the Student Judicial Board (SJB). President Ben Tillotson ’15 noted that the idea for the social contract stemmed from discussions with President Chodosh, who felt that changes are needed in the CMC social culture after last year’s toga party. President Chodosh expressed concerns about the safety of ASCMC events.
Tillotson noted that the social contract is important because if students do not take initiative to change the culture, the administration may have to intervene in the CMC social scene.
The Social Contract must pass the Board and the Senate, where it must receive a 2/3 vote to be approved. Presidential Advisor Shannon Miller ’16 felt this needed another step, so the board decided to require 2/3 of the student body to sign the document for it to be approved. In the wake of the events at TNC this week, Sohng also noted that this contract could apply to students of the other 5Cs as well.
The board went on to discuss potential changes to the SJB. The board discussed possible contradictions in the document, including a clause that provides defendants the right to face their accuser, but another that provides accusers the right to anonymity. The document also pledges to uphold the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which could make ASCMC susceptible to lawsuits if a student feels as if ASCMC is not fulfilling these obligations. The document also does not place a limit on the number of times a student can appeal a decision of the SJB, and also does not provide a basis for recusals. Chief Financial Officer Aviv Caspi ’16 noted that since the SJB decisions require unanimity, ensuring that jurors are not facing a conflict of interesting is especially important.
The Board continued on to discuss the implementation of the social contract. Tillotson called the implementation a means of ASCMC reclaiming control over their own events. He said that it is a way for ASCMC to address issues, meaning if someone is breaking bottles at an event they can do something about it. Tillotson also noted that since the document is a pledge to respect other students and school spaces, he would not have a problem banning students from ASCMC events if they refused to sign the social contract.
Other members expressed concern over presentation, since the potential for punishment may dissuade students from signing the contract. Tillotson noted that only the most flagrant violations are punishable under the social contract.
The Board went on to discuss the role that the SJB will play in the Social Contract. Caspi noted that the two key roles of SJB are to act as a means of addressing troublemakers at ASCMC events and as a form of justice to show students are holding themselves accountable.
Tillotson noted that the plan currently is to reach out to accused students with the charges against them, which they can either accept, along with consequences, such as being banned from 2 weeks of ASCMC events, or they can choose to fight the accusations. Only in this latter case would the SJB intervene as an impartial body between the parties involved.
The board noted that they will continue discussing the changes to the SJB document as well as plans for the presentation of the social contract to the general student body.
Among the other topics discussed were the parties this past weekend, as well as upcoming parties. This past week’s TNC was the first in the “party zone,” the renovated tennis courts. Dorm Affairs Chair Elaine Sohng ’17 noted that although the new space was ideal, a handful of students from the other 5Cs were harassing students and starting fights.
Social Activities Chair Jessie Thomas ’16 noted that the Neon party this past Saturday was also successful. She mentioned that no alcohol was served at the event.
Vice President Will Su ’16 discussed the upcoming week for Senate, where elections for Budget Committee as well as nominations for non-ASCMC students to committees will take place. Su commented that the applications for Senate committees will be processed and released this week.
The Senate committee for campus improvements will also be launching its trial for a grocery delivery service on Sep 19. In addition, the new Consortium affairs committee will reach out to Consortium officials this week. This committee will act as a liaison to the Consortium officials to ensure that there is 5C input into Consortium-run services.
To end the meeting, Junior Class President Ben Turner ’16 discussed plans for Monte Carlo. The Development Office will be purchasing a handful of tickets for alumni, and the board predicted high alumni turnout for the event. The board also noted that all proceeds from the event will be donated to SHARE, a non-profit started by Milly Fotso ’16.]]>