LTE: A Victory For Students
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 23:09
This academic year has proven to be a transformative one: we have a new quad, a new Vice President for Student Affairs, a new UGBC, and—most relevant to this letter—a new set of conduct guidelines. With the matrix gone, administrators can finally respond fairly and appropriately to conduct violations.
As The Heights reported last week, the new conduct guidelines provide flexibility and rely mostly on context. Although we must remain wary of individual RD’s discretion, this is a huge improvement. Indeed, it is a victory for a student body that has lived under the Draconian sanctions of the matrix for years.
As the former chair of the Alcohol Policy Reform Committee, I—along with the committee members listed below—support the new guidelines. These guidelines accomplish what we fought for: a system based on education, a system that allows for warnings, and a system that is fair. We commend the Dean of Students Office for listening to student concerns and acting in a swift manner to fix what has been wrong for so long.
We are also pleased to hear that the Dean of Students will use this year as a “transition year.” In other words, the new policies are neither definite nor final. Where the matrix was rigid and set, these conduct guidelines are amendable. We therefore encourage all students to voice their opinions to both the Executive Branch of UGBC and the Student Assembly to help us further advocate for the student body.
The administration has done its part. Now we must do ours: Let’s respect our RAs and RDs; be courteous to BCPD; and be a part of making these new guidelines durable.
Welcome Back to The Heights,
Chris Marchese, Senator
Bryan White, Senator
Chris Park, Senator
Matt Hugo, Senator