The University’s student body decided Tuesday to remain a part of an organization that benefits from an annual $1 fee from all students in the system.
According to unofficial results, in a 57.4 percent to 40.8 percent vote, students opted to keep UNC-CH’s participation in the UNC Association of Student Governments — an organization made up of student body presidents and delegates from each of the 17 UNC-system schools.
Participation in the organization has been a contested issue during this year’s student body president election, and members of UNC’s Student Congress approved Feb. 7 a resolution to place the University’s participation in ASG on the run-off ballot as a referendum.
ASG meets monthly at a different UNC campus to discuss issues affecting students, such as tuition increases, budget cuts and other program proposals that the association works to implement.
But the association has also faced criticism throughout its history and has faced claims that its absorption of $221,727 in total fees is a waste.
Other schools, such as UNC-Asheville and UNC-Charlotte, have left the association but continued to pay the annual $1 fee while they were inactive. The schools’ delegates eventually returned to the association.
This year’s critics say the organization hasn’t been as effective as it could have been, targeting the association’s president Atul Bhula for his lack of a voice at UNC-system Board of Governors meetings.
But Speaker of UNC-CH Student Congress Zach De La Rosa, who is also a UNC-CH delegate at ASG, said he is not disappointed in how the results turned out.
“A lot of students feel optimistic that the association can do some good,” he said.