Mustang Daily Staff Report
The vote asks students whether or not they support altering the words “Board of Trustees” to “Chancellor” in the Articles of Incorporation’s provisions for who would take control of the business in the event that ASI closes down, ASI President Katie Morrow said.
ASI is holding the special election on the My Cal Poly Portal from 7 a.m. today to 7 a.m. Tuesday after the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees altered Title 5, which applies to campus auxiliary organizations such as ASI, Morrow said.
“In order for us to be compliant with Title 5, we have to change the Articles of Incorporation,” Morrow said.
ASI has reached out to campus clubs and greek life to spread the word about the election, Morrow said.
ASI is not making a big deal about the election, however, because the wording change will have no effect on the day-to-day workings of ASI, Morrow said.
“It really doesn’t make a large change anyway since the chancellor does report to the Board of Trustees,” Morrow said.
The Board of Trustees changed its own rules on who would manage university auxiliaries, and in order to comply, ASI must change its Articles of Incorporation, Morrow said. To alter the Articles of Incorporation, however, a student vote must be taken.
Because the section of the articles being altered only takes effect if ASI dissolves, it will not change ASI operations or services to students in the near future, Morrow said.
“It has no financial implications — it will not affect students whatsoever,” Morrow said.
Nonetheless, ASI requires a vote be taken and at least 2 percent of the student body vote, Morrow said.
ASI has advertised the election, but is trying to keep it low-key in comparison to spring’s student government elections, Morrow said. It doesn’t want to draw attention away from other projects are more important to Cal Poly’s students, Morrow said.
“We’re trying not to make it a big deal because it does not impact students,” Morrow said.
Victoria Billings contributed to this staff report.