Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) held the first general assembly (GA) of the fall semester on Sept. 1. Provost Teresa Woodruff was a guest at the meeting with a brief introduction to start off the GA.
Following Woodruff’s speech, three consent business bills were passed: Bill 59-04 approved four 2022-2023 ASMSU staff directors, Bill 59-05 to appoint new members to the Student Allocations Board and Bill 59-06 to appoint undergraduate student delegates to the University Council and university-level committees.
Excused absence policy amendments
Bill 59-07 amended the GA excused absence policy. In the past, ASMSU didn’t differentiate between excused and unexcused absences and allowed a total of five absences before removal.
However, the bill said that the ASMSU Vice President for Internal Administration or ASMSU President will take charge of excused absences while unexcused absences may be appealed by a majority vote of the GA.
Bill 59-07 unanimously passed.
Public comment rules
Introduced by College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Rep. Annie Dudley and seconded by Eli Broad College of Business Rep. Udai Singh, Bill 59-08 approves public comment rules drafted by the ASMSU President.
Ultimately, the bill was approved.
National Suicide Prevention Month recognition
Bill 59-09 said that ASMSU should recognize September as National Suicide Prevention Month and release a statement advertising mental health resources.
Bill 58-09 unanimously passed.
“As someone who has … seen the impacts of mental health or mental illness personally and also seeing that as it becomes more talked about as a representative for students with mental disabilities I think it’s important,” one representative said.
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