At UPUA’s meeting at 8 tonight in the HUB-Robeson Center, representatives will vote on a piece of legislation that, if passed, will provide a more clear system if the president could no longer fulfill his or her duties, and the vice president could not fill the position.
University Park Undergraduate Association’s present system is not specific with the order of who would take presidency past the vice president if there was a vacancy in the president position, UPUA Chair of Internal Development Dray Krishnan said.
“We want to make sure that there are measures in place that will last any situation that could possibly come up,” Krishnan (sophomore-accounting and economics) said.
With the current line of succession, there is no clear order to follow if both the president and vice president simultaneously left office.
“Generally, it’s just to make the policy a little more clear, and it’s also to add instructions, should both the president and vice president not be involved anymore,” UPUA Chairman of the Assembly Spencer Malloy (senior-philosophy and agroecology) said.
Through the new line of succession, if both president and vice president were to vacate, the chair of assembly would be next in line, followed by the president pro tempore.
The revised line of succession would prevent any loopholes, UPUA Vice President Katelyn Mullen (junior-supply chain and information systems) said.
“The new structure would be ideal in case any situation were to occur,” Mullen said.
In addition to the legislation piece, Association of Residence Halls President Caleb Fernandez will be sworn in as a UPUA on-campus representative.
The Board of Arbitration is also looking to fill two justice positions. According to UPUA’s website, the Board of Arbitration oversees “matters of dispute between entities and matters of rule and equity within UPUA and student organizational conduct within the UPUA.”
On Tuesday night, Internal Development held interviews for the two justices.
The Board of Arbitration has a total of nine members, and they are looking to fill two of the seats, which are currently vacated, Krishnan said.
“Something pivotal that makes it kind of different [from other positions] is that justices are lifestyle appointments. Once the appointment is made and confirmed by the assembly, they’re on the board until they graduate,” Krishnan said.
As of press time Tuesday, the committee had not voted on the students who were interviewed. If those students passed the Internal Development Committee’s vote Tuesday night, they will have an additional interview to confirm their positions at the UPUA general assembly meeting.