Code proposed to make standards based on each semester rather than cumulative averages
The CSUN Senate’s Rules and Ethics Committee is in the process of amending the constitution to clarify academic requirements for officers involved in student government.
Currently, laws require senators to maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average and at least 2.0 for directors. The proposed changes would simplify requirements to align with the expectations of individual colleges.
“It takes out all discrepancies, all questions [and] all inconsistencies,” Sciences Senator and Rules and Ethics Committee member Victor Barragan explained. “It holds everyone to the same standard. If you represent your college you [should] represent your college well.”
The new code would require CSUN members to meet GPA standards every semester rather than on a cumulative basis.
“Per semester you get paid. Therefore per semester you should get a grade check,” said urban affairs Sen. Jason Ontiveros, another member of the committee.
“We wanted to make sure all the senators maintain their GPAs while they’re in CSUN,” Barragan said. He explained why his committee sees assessing officers based on their cumulative GPA as unfair.
“If you contemplate making it [based on] cumulative GPA a senator could come in with a 4.0, get really bad grades their first two semesters in CSUN and their cumulative GPA will still be high.”
Some confusion arose about possible discrepancies between CSUN’s requirements and the rules of individual colleges. Though most departments review students’ qualifications each semester, those who assess requirements based on the cumulative average might recognize students as being in good standing who are technically ineligible for service in student government.
Since that possible disparity would undermine the goal of the amendments to ensure CSUN participants represent their colleges well, the item was committed to more discussion at Monday’s meeting.
CSUN officers who do not meet academic requirements are subject to review by the Rules and Ethics Committee, upon the committee’s recommendation, they may be impeached by the Senate.