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Penn State Task To Begin Reviewing Student Code Of Conduct

Penn State has officially formed a new task force to begin reviewing its Student Code of Conduct, the university announced Tuesday.

The task force will be co-chaired by Nyla Holland, President of Penn State Black Caucus, and Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Penn State Law.

The group hopes to reexamine Penn State’s Student Code of Conduct after several students were criticized for using hate speech. Additionally, many voiced concerns Penn State wasn’t doing enough to address hate speech within its community.

“Penn State has a duty to protect its marginalized students and one crucial way is to effectively address hate speech and bias-motivated incidents,” Holland said in a release. “The ‘we’ in ‘we are’ should include every student and this task force is just one effort to reaching this goal.”

The task force’s formation was previously announced by President Eric Barron back in June. He also outlined several other steps Penn State will take to counter hate speech and discrimination, including implementing mandatory bias training for all faculty and staff.

Members of the Student Code of Conduct task force include:

  • Nicole Jara Andrade – Undergraduate Student, President of Penn State Latino Caucus, Penn State – University Park  
  • Patricia Birungi – Undergraduate Student, Chair of Academic Affairs in UPUA, Penn State – University Park
  • Eleanor Brown – Professor of Law and International Affairs and Senior Scientist, Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State – University Park 
  • Erin Brown – Undergraduate Student, Schreyer Honors College, Paterno Fellows Program, Penn State – University Park  
  • Nate Brown – Professor of Mathematics, STEM Diversity Lab, Penn State – University Park  
  • Juan Castro – University Police Sergeant, University Police and Public Safety, Penn State – Harrisburg 
  • Kade Crittenden – Graduate Student, Master of Higher Education Administration, Penn State – University Park 
  • Gabby Falzone – Post-Doc, Restorative Justice Initiative, College of Education, Penn State – University Park  
  • Erica Frankenberg – Professor of Educational Leadership, Director of the Center for Education and Civil Rights in the College of Education, Penn State – University Park  
  • Keisha Johnson – Conduct Standards Coordinator, Student Affairs, Penn State – Abington  
  • Brad Kovaleski – Director of Student Services & Engagement, Penn State – Scranton 
  • Tamla J. Lewis – Associate General Counsel, Penn State – University Park
  • Sidnee McDonald – J.D. Candidate, Black Law Students Association, Student Bar Association, Penn State Law – University Park  
  • Andrew Mitchell – Associate Director of Student Conduct and Residence Life, Penn State – University Park  
  • Cassandra Nunez – Undergraduate Student, Millennium Scholars Program, Latinx Leadership Institute, Penn State – University Park
  • Lestine Paye – Undergraduate Student, VP of Berks Student Government Association, Penn State – Berks
  • Allie Ryave – Undergraduate Student, Penn State Hillel, Presidential Leadership Academy, Penn State University – University Park 
  • Jennifer Sabourin – Director of Student Conduct, Penn State – Altoona
  • Danny Shaha – Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Penn State – University Park  
  • Sarthak Vij – Undergraduate Student, Former President of College of Liberal Arts Student Council, Penn State – University Park
  • Lamont Wade – Undergraduate Student, Penn State Football, Penn State – University Park 
  • Tylah Wells – Undergraduate Student, President of Association of Black Collegians, Penn State – Erie
  • Darius Williams – McKenzie – Graduate Student, Student Fee Board, UPAC, Penn State – University Park  
  • Alina Wong – Associate Vice Provost for Educational Equity, Penn State – University Park

Each week, the task force’s co-chairs will host weekly office hours through Zoom at noon on Wednesdays. Students can also provide input on the group’s efforts via email.

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