The ASUO Constitution Court ruled today that the Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group will no longer receive funding from student fees.
The decision indirectly approves that OSPIRG’s $151,000 budget will be defunded for the next fiscal year.
During the early hours of Feb. 5, the Athletics and Contracts Finance Committee voted 4-1-0 to defund the organization. The ACFC decision was contingent on the approval of Con. Court.
While the budget has passed through the finance committee, it will still have to go through the ASUO Senate, ASUO Executive and ultimately the University of Oregon president.
Con. Court was involved due to some confusion regarding whether the ACFC decision to defund OSPIRG needed to be unanimous.
Earlier today Associate Justice Caleb Huegel wrote an opinion stating that defunding line items only need a unanimous decision if the particular items do not comply with the ACFC bylaws.
“If a line item request has complied with ACFC bylaws, however, a unanimous vote may not be required in order to defund or exclude said line item request. In such instances, this Court defers to the ACFC’s interpretation of its own ambiguous bylaws,” the court clarified.
According to Sen. Ben Rudin, OSPIRG has until Feb. 18 to appeal the ACFC budget decision.