UCSF Appendix II: Referendum Procedures for Establishing or Increasing Compulsory UCSF Campus-Based Student Fees

These procedures have been developed in accordance with the Policy on Campus Based Student Fees, Section 80.00 of the University of California Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations and Students.

Upon proposal of a referendum by either a recognized student government or an official campus advisory committee, the following procedures shall be followed:

1.   Referendum Language

For referendums sponsored by an official campus advisory committee, the Executive Boards of the Associated Students-UCSF and the Graduate Students’ Association shall approve the wording of the referendum and information materials.

For referendums sponsored by a student government, the sponsoring Executive Board shall approve the wording of the referendum and information materials.

2.   Information Materials and Dissemination

Comprehensive and impartial materials describing the referendum shall be developed and approved by the sponsoring advisory committee or student government. The University shall provide these materials to each registered student affected by the referendum electronically or by U.S. Mail.

At least one open forum at each major campus site shall be held to provide equal opportunity for arguments both in favor and against the referendum.

3.   Synapse

Opinions both in favor and against the referendum shall be printed in Synapse, the UCSF student newspaper.

4.   Voting Procedures

The voting procedures of the ASUCSF Election Code shall be used for all referendum.

A special Referendum Election Board shall be appointed by the sponsoring organization, and shall be representative of the constituencies affected by the referendum. The Referendum Election Board shall hear and resolve complaints.

To establish a new compulsory student fee by referendum, or increase an existing compulsory student fee, a minimum of 20% of all eligible voters affected by the fee must vote for the election to be valid. A majority vote is required for approval.

To eliminate a compulsory student fee by referendum, or reduce an existing compulsory student fee, a minimum of 20% of all eligible voters affected by the fee must vote for the election to be valid. A majority vote is required for approval.

For any ballot measure in support of a non-capital-project-related campus program, where voter eligibility is limited to graduate and/or professional students, the Chancellor may set the minimum voting pool, for that ballot measure only, at a lower level based on historical graduate and professional student voter turnout rates.

If a proposed referendum is not passed, it shall be at least one year before it can be brought to vote again. These procedures shall be followed again at that time.

5.   Approval

All referendum results are advisory to the Chancellor and subject to final decision by the Chancellor and approval by the President of the University of California.