ASCSU passes resolution supporting Syracuse protestors

Charlotte Lang

During their weekly meeting, the Associated Students of Colorado State University passed a resolution showing support for the protesting students of Syracuse University.

Tristan Reyez announces his resignation from ASCSU. (Nathan Tran | The Collegian)

Legislation regarding senator removal by college councils was another topic of discussion throughout the meeting.


Tristan Reyez, senator and chair of the Internal Affairs Committee, also took time to say goodbye to the senate as he resigned from ASCSU.

“I will note that this resignation is neither voluntary nor due to personal life circumstances,” Reyez said.

Reyez expressed gratitude for the opportunities he’s had in ASCSU and reminded the senate that everyone makes mistakes.

“No one is perfect,” Reyez said. “Everyone makes mistakes. Every single one of you in this room, especially me, has made mistakes over and over again. I hope that all of you have learned from those mistakes and grown as people.”

Resolution 4912: In solidarity with Syracuse University protesters

Senator Sara Dudek brought a new resolution to the floor, asking for ASCSU to support the students currently protesting a number of bias-related incidents at Syracuse University by acknowledging their rights to a peaceful protest.

This resolution aims to show that, as students at CSU, we are showing our support to the students at Syracuse University.” -Senator Sara Dudek

The resolution passed with a 26-2-9 vote.

Dudek said that the protest is currently taking place in Syracuse University’s Crouse-Hinds Hall in the form of a sit-in by the students. The protest is in response to 26 bias-related incidents on their campus.

The Department of Public Safety, the equivalent to CSU’s campus police, has withheld food, medical and hygiene supplies from the protesters, Dudek said.

“This resolution aims to show that, as students at CSU, we are showing our support to the students at Syracuse University,” Dudek said. “I find this resolution to be very fitting and just, indicative of ASCSU as an organization.”

The resolution asked for CSU to request that “Syracuse University’s administration makes an effort to open channels of communication with students, increase transparency and provide a safe campus for all students.”


Due to the fact that the protests are currently ongoing, the resolution was expedited, meaning it was voted on by the senate without sending it through any committees.

“Seeing as this is a very timely issue, this is something that requires fast action and is something that is quite simple,” Senator Marlis Hazleton said. “This is one of those things where we can’t have ignorance be a reason why we don’t expedite this. It’s really important that we support those students who are protesting because they are, unluckily enough, in a bad situation, and they are trying to fix it.”

Lex 4903: Senator removal rules of procedure

ASCSU Supreme Court Chief Justice Claire Fenton and Deputy Chief Justice Chloe Harp-Rasmussen presented a lex that would implement a new procedure for college councils to remove senators.

Harp-Rasmussen said the new process would ensure an unbiased middle ground for the process. With this process, the supreme court would hold a hearing to discern whether or not to remove the senator.

“We’re creating this process so we can have a third party get involved, that being the supreme court, instead of just going through the college council process,” Fenton said. “That way we can consider both sides and both perspectives and find a middle ground but also take action, if necessary.”

The lex was sent to all four committees for further discussion.

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