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ASSU Constitutional Council rules in favor of SOCC
The Constitutional Council voted against The Stanford Review in their complaint against the Students of Color Coalition. (KEVIN HSU/The Stanford Daily)

ASSU Constitutional Council rules in favor of SOCC

The ASSU Constitutional Council voted four in favor of Stanford Students of Color Coalition (SOCC) with one abstention on Wednesday after hearing arguments for “The Stanford Review v. SOCC” over the weekend.

The Review argued that SOCC qualifies as an “Association entity” and therefore violated Article 1, Section 7, of the ASSU constitution by not turning its endorsement interview records over to the publication. SOCC, however, classified itself as a coalition of multiple Volunteer Student Organizations, and therefore does not fall under the language of the article.

The council voted to hear the case after The Review requested documents related to alleged misconduct at a SOCC endorsement interview, in which Molly Horwitz ’16 claimed that she was asked an inappropriate question targeting her Jewish faith.

As a result of the decision, in which council members Geo Saba ’15, Stephen Richards J.D. ’15, Jelani Munroe ’16, Sona Sulakian ’16 voted in favor of the respondent, SOCC will not be required to make any documents public. Ireri Hernandez ’15 abstained from voting. A full-length majority opinion will be made public within seven days.

 

Contact Alex Nguyen-Phuc at nguyenphuc ‘at’ stanford.edu.

 

 

Correction: A previous version of this article classified SOCC as a Volunteer Student Organization (VSO), it has since been corrected to a coalition of VSOs. The Daily regrets this error. 

About Alexandra Nguyen-Phuc

Alexandra Nguyen-Phuc ‘18 is a news deputy desk editor and former staff writer. A freshman from Los Angeles, California, she wants to learn more about urban studies, economics and food system sustainability in her time at Stanford. Contact her at nguyenphuc ‘at’ stanford.edu.
  • guest

    Wow! So VSO’s have no requirement of transparency despite receiving funds from the student body?!? Can’t wait to read the majority opinion explaining this.

  • Not Entirely

    VSO budgets from groups that use student body money must still be disclosed to any student that asks.

  • guest

    Makes sense. So their transparency only extends as far as the purse. They can have as many internal and secret documents as they want. I’m curious if the ruling came on these lines.

  • G

    Yes, exactly. Otherwise Kardinal Kink would have to release a list of its members if asked. Clearly that’s not desirable – in fact, it goes against freedom of assembly as many groups require some sort of secrecy to function correctly.

  • Jo

    It’s pretty clear that this case was in bad faith from the very start. The Review has a personal vendetta against SOCC and is willing to do whatever it takes to make them look bad, including this ridiculous case.

  • CheckYourIgnorance

    So….the Review’s evil plan at thwarting Rainbow Coalition- I mean SOCC- fails again. This crap is like Kim Possible vs. Draken. Evil will never prevail.