Senators discuss long-range planning, VSO financial audits

On Tuesday the Senate discussed the University’s long-range planning initiative, among other topics (EDER LOMELI/The Stanford Daily).


In its third meeting on Tuesday night, the 19th Undergraduate Senate continued discussions on Stanford’s long-range planning initiative, potential methods to audit Volunteer Student Organizations (VSOs) that receive ASSU funds and recent Senate candidate Jacob Randolph ’19’s Constitutional Council case against the Senate. Though individual senators voiced ideas regarding future bills, the Senate neither considered nor voted on formal legislation.

Long-range planning

On Tuesday morning, ASSU Executives Justice Tention ’18 and Vicki Niu ’18 presented to the community steering group established as part of Stanford’s long-range planning effort, which aims to make broad, institutional changes over the next 10 to 15 years. Tention, who briefed the Senate on the presentation, said that he and Niu focused on issues and ideas most pertinent to Stanford students, namely regarding student groups, residential life and supporting a diverse and safe community.

The executives advocated creating more space on campus for student groups to meet, increasing support systems surrounding wellbeing in residential life, adopting a need-blind admission policy for international students and improving housing for graduate students, among other proposals.

Tention elaborated that while the executives’ presentation addressed such issues abstractly, Tention and Niu will soon submit a proposal to…

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