On October 12, 2015, the Student Government Assembly approved a resolution proposed by College Council Representative Eric Holmberg (2018), calling on the University to give SG direct appointment power for students on the Independent Review Committee of the UCPD.
WHEREAS, the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) has full police powers similar to those of the Chicago Police Department; and,
WHEREAS, such powers require objective and independent oversight; and,
WHEREAS, the University of Chicago has established the Independent Review Committee (IRC), comprised of three faculty members, three students, two staff members, and three community members, to examine complaints against the UCPD; and,
WHEREAS, University of Chicago administrators recently changed the process by which students are selected to serve on the IRC by charging Campus and Student Life with the appointment of student members; and,
WHEREAS, traditionally the Student Government of the University of Chicago has nominated student members of the IRC based on its own application process; and,
WHEREAS, the campus and community’s confidence in the UCPD depends on the independent review of complaints; and,
WHEREAS, the IRC’s independence depends on direct appointment by its various stakeholder groups; and,
WHEREAS, the Student Government of the University of Chicago exists to further the interests and promote the welfare of the Student Association; and,
WHEREAS, it is in the interest of the Student Association and community at-large for complaints against the UCPD to be examined objectively and independently; and,
WHEREAS, Student Government is the elected body which represents the Student Assocation; therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Assembly of the Student Government of the University of Chicago, assembled on this day the twelfth of October do hereby call on the University to allow Student Government to directly appoint student members of the IRC.