The U of L Student's Bill of Rights
52 Cardinal Freedoms
Whereas it is the duty of every generation to declare our rights, and no Generation prior to the 2011/2012 Generation, since 1977, thought to include a Bill of Rights into their Constitution, even though it's a staple in every other founding Constitution, now it's time for the Postmodern Generationiii to declare theirs.
“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world”iv.
Whereas, every student at the University of Louisville (also “U of L”), gets to enjoy the privileges and immunities guaranteed by the amalgamation of founding documents from the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, of the United States of America, of the City of Louisville, of the Student Handbook of U of L, of SGA's Constitution, in addition to the privileges of attending a University, and any other freedom, as the 9th Amendment to the US Constitution allows, such as inherent, inalienable, self-evident freedoms that are not mentioned, such as human rights, but there is no single document which compiles all of the rights of the U of L student into a single, user friendly, easy-to-read, comprehensive student bill of rights, guaranteeing every student's freedoms.
By reinforcing our generation's collective freedoms, we also reinforce our autonomy, and can prevent all future excursions from any outside government body—national, state, local, or otherwise—from stealing, or restricting, our 52 Cardinal Freedoms, and counting, in any way, shape, or form imaginable.
Therefore, Be It Resolved, that all Cardinal Freedoms herein shall be protected freedoms for every U of L student with this Amendment.
The Freedom To Life, Liberty, and Propertyvi.
The Freedom of Revolutionvii.
The Freedom of Self-Preservation.
The Freedom to Maintain Own's Dignityix.
The Freedom of Security.
The Freedom of Religion.
The Freedom of Education.
The Freedom of Leisure.
The Freedom of Culture.
The Freedom of Movement, such as Exercise or Dance.
The Freedom to Not Worry, and Be Happy.
The Freedom from Fear and Wantxxv.
The Right To Amend This Student Bill of Rights in order to Expand Your Freedoms.xxvi
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iiUN Declaration, United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Preamble (1948).
iiiJames Klotter, New History of Kentucky, (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1997), 6-8; Klotter says that Kentucky's history is divided by Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Woodland, Prehistoric Era (1000AD-1750), and the Historic Era. Klotter had a “Historic” mindset in 1997, before 9/11, George W. Bush, the Iraq War, Barack Obama, and the Internet propagated all of this information, and more, with this massive Gutenburg Printing Press Revolution. If not postmodern, then posthistoric, but between the two, it's clear that postmodern sounds best.
ivUN Declaration, Preamble.
vUN Declaration, Preamble.
vii Kentucky Constitution, Section 4, (1891). “All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their peace, safety, happiness and the protection of property. For the advancement of these ends, they have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may deem proper.”; Declaration of Independence, “...it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish [illegitimate government], and to institute new Government...”
xU of L's SGA Constitution, Section 2.4, (1977). “All members have the right to petition the SGA or any agency thereof for a redress of grievances.”
xiiU of L's Student Handbook, Section 7.C; http://louisville.edu/dos/policiesprocedures/student-rights-and-responsibilities-1-1.html retrieved March 18, 2012.
xiii- U of L's Student Handbook. Section 8.A – 8.D. “The student press is free to deal openly, fearlessly, and responsibly with issues of interest and importance to the academic community. There shall be no prior approval of student press content by the University. Students may not be disciplined by the University for their participation with the student press except for violations of University rules that are not inconsistent with the guarantees contained herein.”
xiv U of L's Handbook, Section 11. “Students have the right of privacy in campus residence facilities.
See also Section 12. “The privacy and confidentiality of all student records shall be preserved in accordance with applicable laws. The University shall establish and adhere to a clear and definitive records policy.”
xv U of L's Handbook, Section 9, (2012). “Appropriate University facilities shall be available to organizations within the University community for regular business meetings, for social programs, and for programs open to the public.”
xvi U of L's Handbook, Section 7.D.
xvii U of L's SGA Constitution, Section 2.5.1, (1977). “All members shall have the right to address the Student Senate at regularly scheduled Senate meetings held in accordance with Section 5.10.1 of the SGA Constitution.”
xviii U of L's SGA Constitution, By-Laws, Section 2. The Sunshine Laws.
xxUN Declaration, Article 9, (1948); Kentucky Constitution, Section 24. “Emigration from the State shall not be prohibited.”
xxiBill of Rights, US Constitution, Amendment #7 (1791). “In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.”
xxii Kentucky Constitution, Section 18. “The person of a debtor, where there is not strong presumption of fraud, shall not be continued in prison after delivering up his estate for the benefit of his creditors in such manner as shall be prescribed by law.”
xxiii Kentucky Constitution, Section 16. “All prisoners shall be bailable by sufficient securities, unless for capital offenses when the proof is evident or the presumption great; and the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended unless when, in case of rebellion or invasion, the public safety may require it.”
xxiv Bill of Rights, US Constitution, Amendment #3. “No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”
xxv UN Declaration, Preamble.
xxvi U of L's Constitution, Article 8. The Amendment Process.