UPDATE (8:26 p.m.): The current Chief Justice has put an injunction on the results of the referendum until all honor court cases from this semester are complete, according to Student Body President Houston Summers. The proposed amendments would change the structure of the honor court, so all cases brought to the court this semester will go through the current process.
Amendments to the Student Constitution that failed to pass in March went to a vote again on Wednesday. However, no changes have been made to the proposed amendments.
Students have until 8 p.m. Wednesday to vote on the proposed amendments. These amendments would merge the Student Supreme Court and Board of Elections into district courts. It would also make the Graduate and Professional Student Federation an official governing body acknowledged in the Student Constitution. The speaker of Student Congress and the finance committee chair would be eligible for a stipend, and it would redistrict Student Congress representatives by academic year.
“I think that for me, one of the most important aspects of this is kind of elevating GPSF to a governing body within Student Government,” Student Body President Houston Summers said. “I think that is probably going to speak more for helping student voice and clarifying all of that through our University as a whole, especially in an area that’s been drastically underrepresented in years past.”
Joshua Horowitz, a sophomore who has voted against the amendments both times, is concerned that the amendments would concentrate too much power in each of the branches.
“I don’t like the idea that the Student Congress would be able to appoint people to oversee Student Congress’ actions without say from other branches,” Horowitz said, referring to the selection of district courts.
The district courts would change the way people are elected to the judicial system, according the draft of the amendments.
“I don’t like that they’re switching it from the old system where the president would nominate people to the judicial system and the Congress would approve these nominations,” said Horowitz. “The new system would say that each branch would choose its own members without any say from the other branches and that when there was a dispute through the branch, the members that the branch had chosen would be the ones who would decide on the issues.”