Members of UNC Student Congress passed a resolution Tuesday night allowing students to vote next month on whether the University should stay in the UNC-system Association of Student Governments.
ASG is an organization composed of student delegates from all 17 UNC-system schools and meets monthly to discuss student advocacy initiatives. It is funded by an annual $1 student fee.
The resolution was passed by Student Congress with a 16 to 1 vote with three abstentions. The student referendum will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, which also will have the homecoming runoff elections for Mr. and Miss UNC.
ASG President Robert Nunnery was unable to attend the vote and could not be reached for comment afterwards.
The student body president election in 2012 marked the last time students were able to vote on UNC’s place in the association, and they voted to remain in ASG by a 57.4 percent to 40.8 percent vote, according to the unofficial results.
Connor Brady, speaker of UNC Congress, decided to introduce the resolution to Congress members after several unfruitful association meetings.
UNC’s position in ASG will ultimately be decided by the system Board of Governors, but the resolution, if passed by the student body, will give delegates leverage when they go to talk to the board.
“At the end of the day, that’s what makes this organization work — students voicing their opinion,” Brady said.
UNC students will continue to pay the $1 student fee at least until July 2014, regardless of the board’s decision.