The University Judiciary Committee discussed UJC Awareness Week during its biweekly meeting Sunday.
Senior Educator Kimberly Flintsch Medina, a third-year Commerce student, updated the general body on the upcoming event, which will take place Oct. 21-28.
“It will be the most important event this year in terms of outreach. Every day we are putting on events to promote UJC and its role it plays among students,” Medina said.
UJC is partnering with the Minority Rights Coalition to increase diversity in its outreach, Medina said.
The general body then heard a joint presentation from the senior counselors, senior educator, senior investigator and the vice chair for trials on the procedures of trials. Educators, investigators and counselors all have respective responsibilities from pre-trials to post-trials.
UJC Chair Mitchell Wellman, a fourth-year College student, said the purpose of the presentation was to educate not only the individuals who are present at trials but also the general body, since the progression of trials depended on the whole organization.
“The presentation is for everyone to understand the parts, because you always work in a team,” Wellman said.
The general body then heard from University Board of Elections Chair Casey Schmidt, a third-year College student and UJC counselor, who gave a general introduction of UBE.
UBE operates elections for large University entities such as Student Council, Honor, UJC and Class Councils.
“UBE is to provide more fair and impartial elections and there are restrictions on the board of up to 11 members,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt said UBE and UJC work closely in terms of three areas — elections, sanctions and referenda.
UBE’s role in referenda will impact UJC’s constitutional amendment vote coming up this spring.
The amendment needs to be initially proposed by a two-thirds vote of UJC before appearing on a petition meeting the requirements set by UBE.
The proposed amendment will then be released to the public. At least ten percent of the student body needs to vote, and at least a two-thirds vote is required for the approval.
The process of gathering signatures and receipt of petitions is overseen by UBE.
An amendment of UJC’s constitution is scheduled to go public for students’ votes in the spring semester.