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Board of Governors responds to SGA Complaint

The Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida has finally sent a response to the complaint sent to them regarding the actions of the Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Rosa Jones, in which she overturned a Student Government Association Supreme Court decision. In a short statement, Jon Rogers, Director of Student and Academic Affairs said:  

"Dear William-Jose:

The Office of the Board of Governors is in receipt of the Student Complaint Form that you submitted May 1, 2012 regarding the FIU 2012 SGA elections for the 2012-13 academic year. Board staff has reviewed the documents that accompanied the complaint form and has reviewed the allegations with the appropriate university administrators. The matter was discussed with Vice President Rosa Jones who informed me that, subsequent to your formal complaint, there were discussions with all parties and new considerations that led to a resolution of the complaint. Clearly, the review and updating of all SGA governing documents planned for this summer will be a significant outcome that will benefit the process. Thank you for your commitment to student government. I apologize to you for the delay in a response. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

Jon Rogers”

Addressing none of the issues, the BOG appears to have taken Jones at her word, using almost the same statement she issued last time, in which it was stated that a review of the SGA governing documents was under works to address the issue. However, the complaint was made regarding the intervention of the VPSA, not regarding SGA regulations.

A further request for action was made. Should the BOG decide not to act, the 3rd District Court of Appeals becomes the next available recourse.

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Vice President of Student Affairs responds to letters regarding SGA Elections

In a brief email sent Friday, May 4, 2012, the Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Rosa Jones has responded to the letters sent by students regarding her involvement in the elections.

In the statement, there is no mention of what rules or laws authorize her involvement. There is only a mention of an effort looking to address issues in the SGA governing documents.

Read the statement below.

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Complaint filed before Florida Board of Governors

MIAMI, FL: The President of the FIU Coalition of Students for Reform, William-Jose Velez, filed an official complaint before the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida, regarding the involvement of the FIU Administration in the Student Government Association processes. The issue at hand is whether the actions taken by the Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Rosa Jones, by overruling a decision by the Supreme Court of the SGA are in compliance with the law.

“This was nothing more than an affront on the rights of the Student Body, an affront that undermines the sole purpose of having a student government” said William-Jose Velez, president of CSR. “Since there was no response from anyone in the administration, it has become quite clear they intend to do nothing. Therefore action was needed.”

The complaint will now be reviewed by the Offices of the Board of Governors who will then determine what to do. “We have to wait and see if there will be any action. Through this action we hope we can restore the legitimacy of this student government, re-establishing its purpose as a student operated, and run entity that truly represents students’ interests” added Velez.

While there is no timeline established, a response should be expected within the next couple weeks. Two possible scenarios can result: the overturning of the decision of the Vice President of Student Affairs, or the upholding of the decision by Rosa Jones. Should the BOG decide to uphold the decision of the FIU Administration, the next possible appellate option would be the 3rd District Court of Appeals of the State of Florida.

The FIU Coalition of Students for Reform is an unregistered student political party founded in 2008, which aims for a more transparent, accessible and efficient student government.

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Student Body Responds to Decision by Vice President of Student Affairs

Following the decision of Dr. Rosa Jones, FIU Vice President of Student Affairs to overrule the SGC-MMC Supreme Court in their decision to call for new elections, the response from student leaders has been constant.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was the first to release a letter, and now several students have sent letter likewise expressing their disagreement with the VPSA’s actions. 

Below is a listing of the letters sent as we receive them. We will continue to update this post with more responses as they are released.

Letter from Chief Justice Octavio Mella

Letter from Former Senator Jose Garcia

Letter from Vice President Sanjeev Udhnani and Connor Mautner

Letter from Director of Student Success Luis Masieri

Letter from CSR President William-Jose Velez

Letter from Associate Justice Mohamed Al-Darsani

Petition to Recall Elections from Senator Juanita Luis

Letter from Vice Presidential Candidate Andres Wu

Letter from Former Senator Giovanni Correale

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SGA Chief Justice Releases Letter to FIU Community

The Chief Justice of the Student Government Council - Modesto A. Maidique Campus Octavio Mella has released a letter to the FIU Community in response to the actions of the FIU Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Rosa Jones regarding the SGA Elections and the Supreme Court’s decision.

In the letter, the Chief Justice expresses his disapproval of Jones’ actions and provides a rebuttal to her arguments as detailed in the released memo.

Find the letter after the break.

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BREAKING: Vice President of Student Affairs reverses Supreme Court Decision

In an unexpected move, the Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Rosa Jones has overturned a decision by the Supreme Court of the Student Government Council - Modesto A. Maidique Campus, and has established that the results of the original, fraud-ridden elections will be upheld, alleging that the court “lacked jurisdiction.”

Read the decision by the VPSA

The legal basis upon which Jones acted to reverse a decision legally enacted by the Student Body Supreme Court is unclear, and appears to be in violation of Florida Statues Title XLVIII 1006.24 which stipulates that Student Government may enact internal procedures to govern their administration and operation. Nowhere in the SGC-MMC Statutes or SGA Constitution is there a provision allowing for appeals of Supreme Court decisions to be sent to the VPSA.

The reactions to this decision, announced today, the last day of classes at approximately 6pm, has been widespread on Facebook, with the Farinas Castro ticket receiving congratulations, including from Connor Mautner, former Vice Presidential Candidate, perhaps indicating the decision will not be challenged.

Stay tuned for updates on this breaking news story.