It’s possible that I’m overthinking this, but I think we might be about to be entangled into a separation-of-powers style showdown at the University.
According to the writ granting cert to the Union Judiciary trial today (on the constitutionality of a (Union) constitutionally mandated Racial Minorities Senator, henceforth RMS (in the Union Senate))*, the petitioners (aka the prosecution aka those arguing against the position of RMS) base at least part of their opposition to the RMS position on the Universityhandbook on Rights and Responsibilities.
Now, the UJ is in a bit of an odd position here. They explicitly granted cert** for an argument based partially on the Rights and Responsibilities. Yet, right now anything dealing with the Rights and Responsibilities is dealt through the Administration. If the court tries to “grab power”, as it were, by trying to claim jurisdiction over the student conduct process, I don’t think the Administration will be pleased. Likewise, if their gambit works, then perhaps the Union Judiciary will spend its future sessions ruling on student plagiarism, drug use, fire safety, parking violations, and all other activities covered by the Rights and Responsibilities handbook.
I think the UJ is already in a tricky spot by granting cert explicitly on the University Handbook, but if they base their ruling off it in any way, we might just see a showdown at high noon between the Deans of Student Life*** and the Union Judiciary.
*Guide to the Perplexed: A couple students at Brandeis are taking the Student Union to trial, since they arge that the position of Student Union Racial Minority Senator is illegal, as it contrevenes the non-discrimination clause in the University Rights and responsibilities (as only Racial Minorities can run for the seat). The Union Judiciary has decided to take the case today to figure it out. Does that help?
** Giving cert is a fancy-pants legal term meaning “provided a document allowing the case to come before the court” or, as I like to put it, “The Judiciary was bored enough to take the case”
***Or whoever is currently in charge of the student conduct process.