In its Thursday assembly, the Pupil Meeting handed resolutions defending Haven — the Cornell LGBTQ+ pupil union — from exposing members’ identities and proposed Election Day be acknowledged as a vacation throughout the College. The S.A. additionally mentioned polling the scholar physique on whether or not or to not preserve median grades on transcripts and the funds of Outside Odyssey.
Eradicating Median Grades from Transcripts
At present, Cornell transcripts checklist course names, grades acquired and the median grade of the course. This follow started in 2008 after resolutions from the Pupil Meeting and School Senate. Lately, college students have mirrored on how median grades could have really led to extra tutorial stress and comparability.
The S.A. additionally mentioned Decision 30: Eradicating Median Grades, which was submitted by Jahmal Wallen ’24, undergraduate consultant to the College Meeting, and Niles Hite ’26, School of Agriculture and Life Science consultant.
Wallen spoke about how Cornell’s resolution so as to add median grades to transcripts in 2008 is just not shared by peer establishments.
“Cornell is the one college throughout the 71 faculties throughout the Affiliation of American Universities [that includes median grades on transcripts]. No different Ivy League [university] does it,” Wallen stated.
The decision emphasised the damaging impacts that together with median grades on transcripts can have on college students.
“Cornell’s follow of together with median grades on transcripts disadvantages and demoralizes college students, devalues tutorial accomplishments within the classroom, detracts from studying, fosters unhealthy dangers and undermines holistic training and particular person development,” the decision reads.
The S.A. debated the benefits and downsides of together with median grades.
Some members highlighted that median grades might be useful in contextualizing efficiency.
Kassandra Jordan ’24, School of Agriculture & Life Sciences consultant, famous that for a lot of engineering programs, having seen median grades is significant when evaluating transcripts. Benjamin Terhaar ’25, Brooks College of Public Coverage Consultant, agreed and famous that for pre-medical college students, contextualizing grades is important.
S.A. members then started discussing whether or not they might attain a call that was actually consultant of the scholar physique with out listening to their enter.
Rocco DeLorenzo ’24, vp of finance, stated that the S.A. can’t precisely symbolize the views of your complete pupil physique and that further measures needs to be taken to develop a broader understanding of the scholar physique’s opinion.
“I might say we put a referendum on the market to see what college students really feel, and this might additionally assist the scholars know who the representatives of S.A. are,” DeLorenzo stated.
Karys Everett ’25, LGBTQIA+ Liaison At-Massive, emphasised that representatives ought to make the choice on behalf of their constituents moderately than private motives.
“We [S.A. members] are right here as a result of we wish to symbolize the scholar physique. Chances are you’ll be serious about your self as a share above the median, however there are 50 % of scholars that you simply declare to symbolize which are under that median grade,” Everett stated. “So it is rather vital that [each S.A. member] symbolize the scholar physique as a complete — don’t symbolize 50 [percent]. Signify 100 [percent], and look out for one of the best curiosity of those that are shedding by having median grades [on their transcripts].”
The S.A. finally voted to amend the decision right into a referendum so the scholar physique can weigh in on their opinions on median grades.
Enhance in Outside Odyssey Funding
Subsequent on the agenda was DeLorenzo’s byline report that summarized the S.A. Appropriation Committee’s suggestion to keep up Outside Odyssey’s 2024-2026 allocation at $2.00 per pupil as an alternative of the $4.00 Outside Odyssey requested. Outside Odyssey is a totally student-run group that helps first-year college students transition to life at Cornell with pre-orientation journeys within the wilderness.
This greenback quantity is a part of the Pupil Actions Charge, a price that every one college students pay as a part of the price of attending Cornell. The Pupil Actions Charge for the 2023-2024 tutorial 12 months is $310. This price might be lined if a pupil receives monetary help.
Whereas the group didn’t obtain their requested funds, the appropriation committee determined that if Outside Odyssey might suggest and host no less than three occasions a semester, their allocation would enhance from the $2.00 suggestion to $2.90 per pupil per 12 months.
Representatives of Outside Odyssey acknowledged that the necessity for elevated funding is because of inflation, elevated monetary help prices for college kids and extra intensive programming. Some occasions that they proposed for future programming included a service day in Treman State Park and a film night time about Indigenous homelands.
Some members of the S.A. raised issues that granting Outside Odyssey further funds based mostly on the promise of potential programming moderately than prior programming could be unaligned with the S.A.’s typical strategy to funding.
Lucia Balestrieri ’26, womxn’s points liaison at massive — who additionally serves because the Outside Odyssey govt board secretary and liaison to the S.A. — stated that the S.A. typically grants funding because of the future potential of a corporation and that leaving Outside Odyssey at their earlier allocation could be unfair given rising inflation prices.
S.A. President Patrick Kuehl ’24 additionally provided his assist for the group.
“Outside Odyssey is an extremely vital group for this campus. I urge everyone to contemplate Odyssey as a corporation that has a major influence for college kids on this campus,” Kuehl stated.
Finally, the S.A. handed a movement to extend funding for Outside Odyssey to $2.90 per pupil.
Haven Member Checklist Exemption
Decision 32: Amending Constitution In Allyship with Haven amends the S.A. constitution to exempt Haven from submitting an inventory of their members for the S.A. byline funding cycle. Earlier this semester, the S.A. handed Decision 16: Allyship to the Cornell LGBTQ+ Group, which granted an exemption for Haven, however Decision 32 amends the S.A. Constitution — the governing doc of the S.A. — to codify this exemption.
Members of the S.A. expressed their assist for this strengthened measure to guard the identities of Haven members.
“We’ve already granted this exemption previously, however this decision is essential as a result of it codifies this safety into regulation, successfully solidifying by means of our charters that Haven members of future generations will nonetheless be protected,” stated S.A. Vice President Claire Ting ’25.
Recognizing Election Day as a Vacation
Within the remaining minutes of the assembly, the S.A. swiftly handed Decision 37: Making Election Day a Vacation. Sponsored by Suraj Parikh ’25, Minority College students Liaison At-Massive Consultant, and Hite, the decision goals to extend civic engagement by making Election Day, the primary Tuesday of November, a vacation for college kids.