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UPUA Funds Document Translation, Supports Asynchronous Learning On Election Day

The 17th Assembly of the University Park Undergraduate Association met Wednesday evening to discuss several pieces of legislation, including support for asynchronous learning instruction on Election Day in November

Following reports from President Sydney Gibbard and Vice President Carter Gangl, the assembly addressed its new business.

New Business

The first order of business was Bill #48-17 — financial support for document translation. University documents pertaining to visa status and student petitions can be translated into five different languages: Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Arabic, and Spanish. This bill allows more students the opportunity to access information on university processes in their native language.

Bill #48-17 passed unanimously.

The next topic discussed was Resolution #16-17 — support for Students Teaching Students. Students Teaching Students (STS) is a student-run organization that allows undergraduates to design and teach one to two-credit courses to other undergraduate students. Unlike learning assistants and teaching assistants, instructors in the STS program aren’t guaranteed course credit and don’t receive payment for their work. The resolution urges academic colleges to provide incentives and support, such as course credit or payment, to student instructors in the STS program.

Resolution #16-17 passed unanimously.

Third on the agenda was Resolution #17-17, which expressed support for utilizing asynchronous learning instruction on Election Day in November. The resolution proposed that no in-person or synchronous learning take place on Election Day, with reasonable exceptions like classes that only meet once a week. The assembly believes this will grant more students the opportunity to participate in local, state, and federal elections.

Resolution #17-17 passed unanimously.

Lastly, Resolution #18-17 addressed providing students with social media graphics about State Patty’s Day. The UPUA would support the creation and distribution of graphics that include general points of information about how to safely navigate the Penn State holiday.

Resolution #18-17 passed unanimously.

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