If a group is not satisfied with its allocation, it may first appeal to Student Council. The group must submit an appeal to the VPO and the Appropriations Committee leadership within two weeks of the funding request approval. The appeal should be in the form of a typed rationale detailing the specific line-items being appealed, explaining why the CIO feels the Appropriations Committee’s decision was incorrect, and indicating what they feel the correct approved amount should be. The VPO and the Appropriations Committee leadership will deliberate on the appeal and request further information, including further hearings, as necessary. After deliberations have completed, and the party is still unhappy with the verdict, the party may petition the Student Council Representative Body for further consideration of the appeal.
Discussion before the Student Council Representative Body must be limited to the specific line items only. No corrections, non-line items, or new information may be presented at this time. This is not an opportunity to rectify any mistakes or oversight made with original budget. Depending on the number of groups appealing, deliberations and hearings may be held on separate nights.
The procedure for appeals before the Representative Body shall be as follows: The group will have five minutes to explain its rationale, following which a member of the Appropriations Committee will have five minutes to explain the Committee’s decision. There will be fifteen minutes to make any concluding statements, followed by a two-minute summation from the Appropriations Committee. The Representative Body will reach a decision on the items in question by a majority vote after unlimited discussion.
If a group is still not satisfied that it received a fair hearing, it may appeal to the Student Activities Committee, subject to deadlines set down by that body. Normally, the SAC will not accept an appeal based on the amount of the allocation. The SAC is the final avenue of appeal.