UPUA Meets Last Time Before ‘Last Stop’
There were a few major announcements and votes last night as the fourth assembly of the University Park Undergradute Assembly met for the ultimate time in HUB 302.
First, someone has been found to head the Student Legal Clinic. The name should be released today. The clinic will start offering services this semester, but the executive branch hopes to have it running in maturity by fall semester.
‘Last Stop’ got the majority of the votes in the online poll UPUA did to help rename its spring music festival. However, the assembly has not passed legislation confirming this name yet, so it is still unofficial for the moment.
The UPUA passed its medical amnesty legislation, which will create a system for students to make emergency and medical personnel aware of alcohol-related circumstances that might otherwise put them in a compromising position. Students will be given the option of either taking the judicial sanctions or participating in the Medial Amnesty Program, which entails students to participate in a BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention of College Students) program. If this program is completed it results in no judicial/legal consequences for the involved student. Repeat offenses will be penalized with further terms and task completion, and will ultimately result in expulsion from the program.
The student handbook for freshman and transfer students should be ready by next fall. Gavin also congratulated Greg Tallman for a successful revival of Encampment.
One student came to speak during open forum about their difficulty getting funds that would allow disabled students to participate in the activities of the Block and Bridle club. According to them, disability services does not fund cocurricular activities. What a disservice! In many fields, cocurriculars are vital to success. We’ll be following up on this to find out what’s happening.
A few other policies were passed, but they were mostly just updates of preexisting measures.
Policy 19: An amendment was made to the on campus representative position appointment process. ARHS has the ability to appoint the on campus representatives for the UPUA assembly, but if student government organization can not appoint one in the time allowed, it behooves UPUA to expedite the process and appoint their own in order to fill the vacant positions.
Policy 20: The language of the constitution was updated in this policy in order to bring the UPUA constitution up to date.
Policy 21: A committee name clarification amendment was passed to bring the UPUA Assembly bylaws and UPUA constitution up to date by clarifying the different names for seven standing committees.
Policy 22: A constitutional amendment was made to ensure that the Board of Arbitration receives the most appropriate setup.
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