At the May 29, 2012 meeting of the Board of Trustees of The California State University (CSU), the Board approved a change to CSU policy that requires the articles of incorporation or constitution of CSU auxiliary organizations, including AS, contain a provision that upon dissolution of the organization, net assets, other than trust funds, be distributed to a successor (other organization) approved by the president of the campus and by the CSU Chancellor. The AS Senate (Board of Directors) is seeking the permission of the members of the corporation (students of SSU) to amend the Articles of Incorporation. The change is to replace the CSU Board of Trustees with the Chancellor of the CSU as the entity that, along with the University President, approves the successor organization (group to receive left over funds) that remaining assets be distributed to if the Associated Students were to dissolve.
- 1. Why am I being asked to vote on this?
As a regularly enrolled student of Sonoma State University you are a member of the Associated Students. To change the Articles of Incorporation requires an affirmative vote of the members.
- 2. What will happen if I vote YES on this referendum?
The AS will move forward with amending the Articles of Incorporation with the California Secretary of State and forward the amended change to the CSU Board of Trustees to notify them of the organization’s compliance with the new policy.
- 3. What will happen if I vote NO on this referendum?
The AS will not move forward with amending the Articles of Incorporation with the California Secretary of State. The AS will inform the CSU that the organization can not comply with the policy approved by the CSU Board of Trustees. The AS will most likely be placed in “Not in Good Standing” status and be subject to a variety of consequences from the CSU and the Board of Trustees.