On Friday, he sent a memo to University leaders outlining the separation of graduate and undergraduate governance — though he said nothing is final without Chancellor Carol Folt’s approval.
“It will allow student government to continue to deal jointly with all of the issues that need to be dealt with jointly, while freeing both the undergraduates and the graduates to deal with issues that are of particular relevance to themselves without it always having to bounce against the interests of the other group,” Crisp said.
After two student referendums in 2016 did not have enough votes to create two governments, Crisp sat down with Student Body President Bradley Opere, Speaker of Student Congress Cole Simons and Graduate and Professional Student Federation President Dylan Russell in early December to find a solution to the problem.
“This is not something new, this is something we have been talking about for quite some time,” Crisp said.
Simons said in the past year, GPSF decided they wanted to pursue a split government system, a plan they called “Two for Two.” Simons and other student leaders initially supported a “Better Together” unity plan.
Students were given the chance to vote on “Two for Two” or “Better Together” for the first time in February.
“Neither of those reached the threshold for passage, so following that, GPSF filed a suit with the UNC (Student) Supreme Court seeking to get another election for their approval,” Simons said.