BY: ZEYNAB DAY
The Student Government Association (SGA) approved changes to the bylaws regarding the Registered Student Government Organization (RSO) appropriations process.
Chris Thurman, senate representative for College of Arts and Science, said the changes were adopted to prevent confusion for RSO’s regarding the application process for fund allocations and to streamline the ranking committee’s process.
Earlier this year the EKU Grappling Club appealed SGA’s denial to their request for appropriations which resulted in a hearing and appropriations redistributions to all RSO’s. The EKU Grappling Club had submitted their application online and understood it to be complete however the Ranking Committee claimed the application was missing information and is ultimately why the EKU Grappling Club was denied funds.
According to the Bylaws changes, all RSO’s will now be required to submit a hard-copy application and online applications are no longer an option.
“It is fail safe to ensure that all the packets come in complete and there’s no reason for clerical error,” Carpenter said.
Changes have made it mandatory that all student senators attend the information session regarding RSO funding unless the absence is excused by the SGA executive vice president.
Thurman said the ranking committee and appropriations chair were responsible for creating the ranking rubric every semester. These guidelines set the standard to determine RSO ranking for evaluation of which organizations would be first in line to receive funds. The new bylaws now include a standard ranking rubric that includes the criteria of when they last received money, how they benefit the campus as a whole, completeness of application, financial efficiency and number of students affected.
In addition, all RSO’s will receive a copy of Article VI, which highlights the bylaws regarding allocations of SGA funds to RSO’s.
Thurman also said the language clarifies other RSOs will have a chance to speak before the Appropriations Committee once the Ranking Committee has established the order. Each RSO will have 30 seconds to speak as long as there is still money to be allocated. Once funds have been exhausted, the session will end.
“With most of these changes, it not only benefitted the organizations,” Thurman said. “It saves us (SGA) a little face as far as our relationships with RSO’s as well.”