(a) In allocating available funds between competing student organization budget requests, the Senate shall evaluate each event for which funding is requested based primarily on the following principles:
(1) benefit to the law school community;
(2) representation of the law school to the greater community;
(3) accessibility to the entire law school student body; and,
(4) fulfillment of the law school's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
(b) In evaluating overall funding requests, the Senate shall take into consideration each student organization's use of its allocation in the preceding year.
(c) The Senate shall also adhere to all funding guidelines promulgated by the Student Organization Account Service (SOAS).
(d) Absent special circumstances, a new student organization may not be allocated more than $300 in its first semester.
(e) Non-compliance with the Senate's email policy or composting policy is a factor which will be considered during the budget allocations of the following year.
(f) The Senate shall publish any additional funding requirements which will be used in a given year prior to soliciting budget requests from student organizations.
(g) Members of the Senate and the Budget Committee who have a conflict of interest (e.g. membership on the board of an organization that has applied for funding) shall fully disclose that conflict to the Senate or the Budget Committee, respectively. Conflicted members of the Senate or the Budget Committee may not cast a vote regarding specific allocations for the group they have a conflict of interest with. Conflicted members may vote on the Senate's funding allocations in their entirety.
(h) The following are the presumptive guidelines for funding student organizations. The Senate recommends that groups make their budget requests in accordance with these guidelines. The presumption may be overcome only where the Senate finds sufficient cause, based on a totality of the circumstances.
(1) $25 for Each Preview Weekend During Which the Organization Plans an Event
(2) $50 for Coffee Chat
(3) $50 for Social Events
(4) $200 for General Body Meetings
(5) $200 for Lunch Events
(6) $300 for Senior, Scholarship, or Other Banquets
(i) Absent special circumstances, the Senate will not fund more than two (2) general body meetings of a student organization per year.
(j) All lunch events are presumed to be funded at $200 each, which is the estimated cost of serving fifty (50) people pizza. There is no additional allowance for serving a "non-pizza lunch." (k) The Senate will not fund more than one (1) banquet per student organization per academic year.
(l) When evaluating the funding needs of an organization, the Senate will consider the organization's net SOAS account balance. Any funding request will first be offset by an organization's net account balance, and then any deficit may be covered by Senate appropriation. The Senate will favorably consider an organization's independent fundraising efforts and financial liabilities in determining its net account balance.
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