From time to time, student organizations, groups of interested students, Senate members, or even Carleton administration asks the CSA Senate to pass a resolution in support of a cause. Past resolutions have addressed dining hall food, Minnesota Voter ID laws, gender-neutral bathrooms, and many other topics.
If you are interested in submitting a resolution for the consideration of the Senate, please contact the CSA President. He or she will give you about fifteen minutes on that week’s Senate agenda to present your resolution to the Committee. Ideally, you will send the resolution to the President for distribution to the Senate in advance of the meeting. Be absolutely sure that your resolution is free of grammatical and typographical errors.
Format of the Resolution
Resolutions of the CSA Senate shall take the following format, following Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (10th ed., pp. 100-105)
A Resolution Concerning Food at the Dining Halls
Whereas, The CSA Senate has received many complaints about the quality of food at the dining halls; and
Whereas, A recent survey found that 80% of Carleton students would like the dining halls to offer foie gras, tofu foie gras, filet mignon, and tofu filet mignon; now, therefore be it
Resolved, That the CSA Senate encourages the College to get better food in the dining halls; and
Resolved, That the Secretary be requested to send a copy of this resolution, and of the report already presented at this meeting, to the President of the College and to the Dean of Students.
- You can have as many or as few “Whereas” and “Resolved” clauses as you like.
- The word “Whereas” is not in italics, but the word “Resolved” is.
- The word after “Whereas” or “Resolved” is capitalized.
- The only period is at the end of the “resolving paragraph.” Every other clause ends with a semicolon.
- Nothing requires that there be any “Whereas” clauses (collectively, these are known as the “preamble”), and you shouldn’t use them just because they look good. Ideally, “the use of a preamble should be limited to cases where it provides little-known information without which the point or the merits of a resolution are likely to be poorly understood, where unusual importance is attached to making certain reasons for an action a matter of record, or the like” (RONR 10th ed., p. 102, l. 20-25).
- Thus, a resolution can be as simple as: “Resolved, That the CSA Senate encourages the College to get better food in the dining halls.”
May 11th, 2020
CSA Senate passed a resolution calling on Carleton College to divest from fossil fuels by increasing support for multi-layered exploration of divestment, a culture of sustainability, and divestment from unethical investments as they pertain to climate justice.
May 11th, 2020
CSA Senate passed a resolution calling on CSA to form a “student life” working group to plan and host the virtual engagement events and coordinate with the Student Activities Office.
May 11th, 2020
CSA Senate passed a resolution calling on Carleton College to implement reusable thermoses to decrease the amount of waste on campus.
February 11th, 2019
CSA Senate passed a resolution establishing guidelines for a new CSA Senator Orientation.
January 6th, 2020
CSA Senate passed a resolution calling on Carleton College to implement Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) investment.
November 18th, 2019
CSA Senate passed a resolution in support of regional passenger rail service connecting Southern Minnesota to the Twin Cities Metro using the existing rail line through the City of Northfield.
October 28th, 2019
CSA Senate passed a resolution calling on Carleton College to implement gender pronouns in the Campus Directory.
February 11th, 2019
CSA Senate passed a resolution calling on Carleton College to implement mandatory bike registration to decrease the amount of waste on campus.
January 28th, 2019
CSA Senate passed a resolution calling on Carleton College to cancel classes, remove penalty to work occupation, and cancel required student activities on January 30, 2019 because of a dangerous hazardous weather warning.
January 15th, 2018
CSA Senate passed a resolution calling on Carleton College to develop and implement an appeals process for Title IX resolution policies and procedures for faculty and staff.
February 27th, 2017
CSA Senate passed a resolution calling on Carleton College to not renew the lease on the Northfield Woman’s Center in 2019.
September 26, 2016
CSA Senate passed a resolution to be in solidarity with standing rock camp protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
September 17, 2012
CSA Senate passed a resolution against the Minnesota Voter ID Amendment that would require a state-issued photo ID bearing an address within the precinct in order to register to vote.
September 10, 2012
CSA Senate passed a resolution against the Minnesota Constitutional Amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman.
January 23, 2011
CSA Senate passed a resolution in support of the continuation of Northfield Option as an off campus housing solution for students.
May 9th, 2011
CSA Senate passed a resolution in support of not funding bottled water with CSA funds.
April 25th, 2011
CSA Senate passed a resolution in expressing its concern with the newly proposed ECC S/Cr/NC policy.
April 4th, 2011
CSA Senate passed a resolution in support of the continuation of Eat the Lawn.
April 7th, 2011
CSA Senate passed a resolution in support of going Trayless in the LDC.
January 24th, 2011
CSA Senate passed a resolution endorsing the efforts of ACE to promote civic engagement on Carleton’s campus.
March 10th, 2010
CSA Senate passed a resolution expressing its support to the Rice County commissioners for the Organic Conversion Policy that Carleton MPIRG is working to enact in Rice County.
February 8th, 2010
CSA Senate passed a resolution supporting providing permanent funding for the Career Center to provide permanent and substantial funding to the Career Center for programs and administrative costs.
January 25th, 2010
CSA Senate passed a resolution in support of the Posse Program.
October 5th, 2009
CSA Senate passed a resolution supporting the Open Access Movement and called on United States Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota and United States Representative John Kline of Minnesota’s Second Congressional District to support and work toward the passage of the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2009.
May 25th, 2009
CSA Senate passed a resolution expressing its hope that Carleton College will decide to implement a targeted divestment policy from Sudan in the foreseeable future.
April 20th, 2009
CSA Senate passed a resolution endorsing the MPIRG Affordable Education and Opportunity Minnesota Act.
March 9th, 2009
CSA Senate passed a Cave Task Force Resolution proposing a task force to address concerns about the Cave.
February 16th, 2009
CSA Senate passed a Resolution Endorsing the Campus Kitchen Project.
January 26th, 2009
CSA Senate passed a resolution concerning the new graduation requirements being considered by the Faculty and ECC.
October 6, 2008
Senate passed a resolution requiring for greater transparency of CSA committees and working groups. CSA president will also be asked to give a “State of the Carleton Student Association” address once per term.
May 12, 2008
Senate passed a resolution charging the College to address low retention rates for black students at Carleton by reevaluating the RAD requirement, introducing a power and privilege training program for First Year Students, and engaging the community in dialogue about ways to improve the campus climate for marginalized students. Included in the resolution was a commitment by Senate to actively engage in these dialogues and participate in a privilege training program.
November 7, 2005
Senate passed a resolution encouraging the College to purchase fair trade products whenever possible. For the full text, see the link on the right.
May 16, 2005
Senate passed the following resolution:
“Recognizing that many of the computers that Carleton pays to recycle would be very useful to charitable organizations or students without computers; let it be resolved that the Carleton Student Association (CSA) urges ITS and NEO to work together to donate working computers that Carleton no longer has use for. The CSA further urges the College to adopt a policy that favors donating usable computers.”
May 2, 2005
Senate passed a resolution encouraging the College to build at least two additional wind turbines to supplement the existing structure on the basis of its environmental impact, its reflection on the College, and financial implications. For the full text, see the link on the right.
April 11, 2005
Senate passed a resolution encouraging the placement of a member of the Environmental Advisory Committee on each committee which implements construction projects on campus. For the full text, see the link at the right.
Senate passed a resolution requesting an official College policy requiring the use of 30% post-consumer paper when possible. For the full text, see the link at the right.
May 31, 2004
Senate passed a resolution encouraging the Red Cross to reevaluate their blood donation policies regarding men who have had sex with men since 1977, while recognizing the importance of blood donations. For the full text, see the link at the right.
October 21, 2002
Senate passed a resolution opposing the impending war in Iraq.