The following was passed in Senate on Tuesday, April 4th. Students will have the opportunity to vote on the following question on Tuesday, April 18th on Oleville.

SAAB Liaison Proposal

Date: 4/4/17

By: Sen. Bang, Internal Affairs Chair
Sen. Casey, Senate Investigators Chair
Megan Skelly, Liza Dawley, and Jack Goldstein; SAAB Presidents
Internal Affairs Committee
Bylaws Committee

Purpose: To create the position of Student Athlete Advisory Board Liaison

Proposal:
Whereas the Student Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) has requested that SGA create a position that will allow for greater representation of athletes in SGA and greater collaboration between SAAB and SGA

Whereas the creation of such a position improves the accountability, inclusiveness, and representativeness of the Senate body; therefore be it

[1] Resolved that the following amendments shall be made to the SGA Bylaws:

Article XII Section D- Senate Liaisons
4. Student Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) Liaison
The purpose of the SAAB Liaison shall be to promote communication and collaboration between SGA and SAAB.
Two students shall be jointly appointed by SAAB in conjunction with the SGA President-elect and Vice President-elect to serve in this position. This joint appointment shall be subject to Senate confirmation, and the appointment must be confirmed in the academic year preceding the academic year in which the SAAB Liaison shall serve.
Only one student at a time shall hold the title and fulfill the responsibilities of the SAAB Liaison.
In addition to meeting general Senate and SAAB responsibilities, the SAAB Liaison shall:
Present updates to both Senate and SAAB on the activities of the other body
Hold at least one (1) office hour per week in a publicly accessible location
Coordinate communication between SAAB and SGA branches
The effectiveness and viability of this position will be reviewed by a Senate committee designated by the SGA Vice President, and this review shall be completed in conjunction with SAAB. This review shall take place during the 2017-18 academic year, and the designated committee shall report its recommendations to Senate.

[2] Resolved that there shall be a referendum on Tuesday, April 18th in which the student body shall vote on the following question:
Q1) Shall Article III Section III of the SGA Constitution be amended to add the Student Athlete Advisory Board Liaison as a non-voting member of Senate?

Explanation:
SAAB is the official governing body of athletes on campus and represents St. Olaf athletes to the NCAA. This proposal creates a new Senate position that formalizes communication and collaboration between SAAB and SGA. SAAB represents a large number of students on campus, athletic practice commitments prevent many athletes from running for other Senate positions, and SAAB has shown significant dedication in pursuing the creation of this position. Therefore, it is in the interest of SGA, SAAB, and the wider St. Olaf community to create this position.

Signatures:
X Victoria Knutson [Electronic Signature 5:39 P.M. 03/30/2017]
X Vishwa Patel [Electronic Signature 5:39 P.M. 03/30/2017]