Due to a reporting error, the original version of this editorial incorrectly states that Speaker Zach De La Rosa could have appointed himself clerk. Only general members of Student Congress are eligible to serve in this position.
Student Congress has kept itself busy lately, expanding its power and taking on new responsibilities — but you wouldn’t know it from reading the Student Code. Due to lax leadership and unfilled positions, students have been kept out of the loop on important changes to what is required of their organizations. If this is not rectified shortly, Student Congress could find itself in a lengthy legal battle as student organizations run into problems related to funding and approval.
Rising from a desire to make Student Code updates more timely and improve the quality of the updates, Student Congress stripped the student body secretary of the responsibility and delegated the task to the clerk in March. However, Student Congress has since failed on all counts to deliver upon these promises, starting with its decision to adjourn the 92nd session without an updated Student Code or legislative record. Speaker Zach De La Rosa is just now beginning to take the situation seriously.
The Student Code governs the actions of all student organizations at UNC and outlines the procedures required for organizational recognition, funding and external appointment confirmations. For this reason, it is important that student organizations have access to an accurate and up-to-date version to ensure compliance.
If student organizations do not have this access, Student Congress opens itself to possible lawsuits in the Student Supreme Court.