ASI Student Senate makes Articles of Incorporation ‘more relevant’

ASI Student Senate makes Articles of Incorporation ‘more relevant’

ASI President Chris Osuala signing the Articles of Incorporation

Of course you have heard of the articles of the constitution, but do you know about Associated Students, Inc.’s (ASI) Articles of Incorporation?

Auxiliary organizations connected with the California State University have their own articles of incorporation, including ASI at Cal Poly Pomona.  In fact, all non-profit corporations like ASI need to be in compliance with the state in this way too.

The ASI Board of Directors voted to make changes to the Articles of Incorporation, which had not been updated in its entirety since 1963, making their mark in CPP history.

Updating the Articles of Incorporation was no small task. Student leaders, particularly the Rules and Policies Committee, worked to make the document current, beginning in September.

Amendments were made to the document in 1985 and again in 2004, but no one had gone through the document in its entirety to make revisions before this year.

The discussion to make changes to the Articles of Incorporation was brought up after a recent change in California law (Title 5 Section 426006) which required an amendment to the dissolution clause in the document. The filing of the amended articles of Incorporation with the secretary of state of California must be completed by Dec. 31, 2012.

The amendment would change Article Six to state that if ASI dissolves as a corporation its net assets, other than trust funds, will be distributed to a successor approved by the campus president and the CSU chancellor. Previously, the Board of Trustees would have approved the successor.

Under advisement from ASI Executive Director Cora Culla, student government reviewed the Articles of Incorporation as a whole, bringing it into the future.

“The comprehensive amendment to ASI’s Articles of Incorporation has not only complied with the change in Title 5 but has made the document more relevant and current,” said Culla.

ASI attorney general Devon Graves worked with Culla and the Rules and Policies committee before it was taken to the Senate. Student government also had a legal review done by legal council Mark Bookman.

The 1963 document composed by typewriter still had the university name as Kellogg College, along with a few other outdated information. The mission statement mentioned the ASI speech and debate team, and had an outdated number of the board of directors, meaning the senate.

To keep up with and reflect what ASI is and does, the language in the mission statement now includes reference to intercollegiate athletics, clubs and councils.

Graves said changes to the articles could make future revisions easier and also updates the document which supersedes the ASI by-laws.

“We’re hoping that this document holds for a while and that we don’t have to go back and keep updating it,” said Graves. “It also kind of modernized it. It was typewritten, but now we have it in the system on our computers and if there are changes, this makes it a lot easier.”

The voting members, which consist of the senators, vice president and president approved the changes on Nov. 8 and signed the changes of the Articles of Incorporation at the following meeting on Nov. 29. One of ASI’s own, vice president of the Cal Poly Federal Credit Union Tafarella Joy, served as notary.

The Senate then received the approval of the university and filed with the Chancellor’s office. The document will be filed with the Secretary of State of California this week in compliance with the prescribed deadline.