UNC-CH Student Congress will meet today to vote on a resolution to allow students to vote if the University should stay in the system’s Association of Student Governments.
The resolution passed unanimously through the body’s Rules & Judiciary Committee last week, and now waits to be voted on by the full Congress. If passed, students will vote on the resolution Nov. 8 — the same ballot as the Homecoming run-off elections.
ASG, funded by an annual $1 student fee, is composed of student delegates from all 17 UNC-system schools and meets monthly to discuss student advocacy initiatives.
For years, the association has been criticized for having poor organization and efficiency.
In 2012, UNC-CH tried to leave the association in the same way — but students voted to stay in the association. That referendum was attached to the student body president ballot.
While the student body president at the time was optimistic about ASG, current Student Body President Christy Lambden said he is still dissatisfied with what he sees as a lack of progress.
“Overall, ASG has not performed in the way that was planned and has been stagnant,” Lambden said.
The resolution would gauge how the UNC-CH students feels about the association, said Connor Brady, speaker of the UNC Student Congress. But the decision allowing UNC-CH to leave the association is ultimately up to the system’s Board of Governors.
If UNC-CH decides to leave ASG and the Board of Governors approves, the $1 student fee will be canceled for the next year. Lambden said he will continue to attend association meetings during his term, as long as the students are paying the fee.