president looks at improving judicial role in student
By Aaron Falk
April 28, 2006 | Less than a week after ASUSU President
Noah Riley was sworn into office, Riley says his priorities
are already changing. In its second year since the student
government was restructured into two legislative bodies,
Riley said Friday one of the top priorities of his administration
will be to include a third, judicial body.
"The idea behind the restructure is checks and balances,"
he said. "I think we need to improve the judicial side
Riley said he will try to stimulate the little-used
hearing pool as a means for students to appeal alleged
violations of the student code.
Former Academic Senate President Spencer Watts focused
much of his attention on improving the student code
to allow for student appeals, and Riley said he wants
people to take advantage of the 17-member panel that
includes four students.
"A lot of the time (the panel) works in the student's
favor," Riley said.
Riley said he was surprised by the minimal legislation
produced by the outgoing council, saying he thought
the multi-body government would produce twice as much
as previous years. Last week the new senate members
created an informal list of legislation they would like
to see passed next year. Riley said he plans to get
that same head start with the Executive Council. Among
Riley's other top priorities are support of the U-STAR
initiative and the yearly push to lower residency restrictions
for Idaho students.
Having shadowed outgoing president Quinn Millet over
the past few weeks, Riley said he has gained a better
understanding of the process, but said his priorities
may again change as he becomes more comfortable and
"I have a better perspective of things, but there
are so many issues that you have to jump in first before
you figure it out," he said.