Resolutions

Under the Student Body Constitution, the Student Council is empowered to express the will of the Student Body through resolution. Resolutions may be authored by anyone, but must be approved by the Student Council. If you would like to submit a draft resolution, the template is available here: Resolution Template. You can send it to us or simply suggest an idea for a resolution to studentgov@mail.law.harvard.edu.

Passed Resolutions

2019-2020

R.-203-007 Recognizing Belinda Hall

This resolution officially recognizes Belinda Hall as a legitimate name within the student body for the lounge between Wasserstein and Caspersen.

R.-203-006 Class Recording Policy Reform

A resolution seeking a reform of the class recording policy.

R.-203-005 Petition for Dining Hall Workers

This resolution calls on the Dean and Restaurant Associates General Manager Lauren Williams to comply with the eight demands outlined in the Student/Worker Petition for Dining Hall Workers.

R.-203-004 Religious Liberties Clinic

This resolution strongly encourages Dean Manning and the Harvard Law School administration to publicly commit to not permitting any clinic including this forthcoming religious liberties clinic to take cases that would impinge on the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community or any other community in our student body and in the US and further affirmatively abiding by the nondiscrimination policy for all HLS clinics;

Commends the idea of a forthcoming religious liberties clinic that respects Harvard’s nondiscrimination policy and that will use its resources and the work of talented students to support religious minorities in our community and throughout the nation;

And encourages the Harvard Law School administration to provide more clarity as to the process of creating new clinical opportunities, the funding of such opportunities, and how the funding limits or does not limit the available cases and legal work the clinic can pursue.

R.-203-003 Election Day Holiday

This resolution calls on HLS to make election day into a holiday.

R. 203-002 HGSU Strike Authorization Vote

A resolution to support the Harvard Graduate Students Union vote on 10/15/2019 authorizing the declaration of a strike should negotiations come to a point where the Union deems this to be appropriate.

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R. 203-001 (Mandatory Arbitration Clauses – Call for Disclosure)

This resolution calls on law firms seeking to recruit on campus who employ mandatory arbitration clauses to disclose their policies to the Office of Career Services.

2018-2019

R. 202-006 (Neutral Arbitration of Discrimination and Harassment in Graduate Student Union Contract)

This resolution formally expresses support for the implementation of neutral third-party grievance procedures for discrimination and harassment in the contract between the Harvard Graduate Union and Harvard University.

R. 202-002 (Endowment Transparency – Investment in For-Profit Prison Industry)

This resolution formally calls on the Harvard University administration to disclose its investment, both direct and via third-party funds, in the for-profit prison industry..

Prior to 2018

R. 201-005 (Coalition to Improve LIPP)

This resolution formally expresses support for the Coalition to Improve LIPP’s policy proposals to improve the Low Income Protection Plan.

R. 200-004 (Addiction Journal)

This resolution formally expresses support for the creation of a journal at HLS concerned with legal issues and questions surrounding addiction

R. 200-003 Addendum (Indigenous Peoples’ Day Addendum)

This addendum reaffirms the call upon the University to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day as the official holiday for fall break.

R. 200-003 (Indigenous Peoples’ Day)

This resolution calls upon the University to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day as the official holiday for fall break.

R. 200-002 (HUDS Strike)

This resolution formally endorses the HUDS workers strike

R. 200-001 (Bar Prep Course)

This resolution expresses support for a matching program that would make Bar prep course available for free for public interest students.