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Students support creation of Student Court

RELEASED: Dec. 15, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — A majority of students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire who responded to a referendum favored creating a Student Court that will provide an independent review for the Student Senate.

Eighty-two percent of the 1,540 students who responded to the referendum question favored creating the Student Court.

The Student Court will:

  • Provide an independent review for Student Senate so it can efficiently and fairly offer rulings;
  • Conduct an annual review of Student Senate election procedures and serve as an independent adjudicator for any election grievances filed;
  • Handle any internal disputes of student organizations;
  • Offer mediation services for students referred by the Dean of Students Office; and
  • Handle final appeals from Organized Activities after the completion of the Finance Commission deliberation and appeals process.

The court will likely have five members, all of whom will be students, said Adam Sorelle, director of the Student Senate's Academic Affairs Commission. The justices of the court will include one student senator, one Student Senate executive board member, one housing representative and two students at large, he said.

The court will be formally established after the Student Senate approves the bylaws, which are the rules for the court. Sorelle will present the bylaws to the Student Senate sometime in early spring 2010. The court would then begin late in the spring 2010 semester or early in the fall 2010 semester.

For more information, contact Adam Sorelle at 715-836-4876.

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