Q: What is Student Association up to?

A: A LOT!

Since coming back to campus from Spring Break, student Assembly Representatives and their respective committees have been hard at work!

Academic Affairs is right on track with their Undergraduate Research initiative, and is currently developing the webpage for students to access regarding research opportunities. Online applications for students to apply for research grants are to go out later this week in an email from Student Association Boris Gresely to all students. Another new initiative has been developed within the committee, to make freshmen academic information more readily available. A pamphlet will be created for all incoming undergrads about access to tutoring, peer mentoring, and other academic information. There is information all ready available for this sort of information, but not all in one place. This initiative will simply make finding these resources simpler.

For Student Engagement Committee, there will be a t-shirt swap on Thursday and Friday of THIS week, from 10AM-4PM in Schine Student Center. Director of the committee, Aysha Seedat, is meeting with Information and Technology Services (ITS) this week to discuss how the WiFi network AirOrangeX can be improved, so that it is speedier and more efficient. Last but certainly not least, Student Engagement committee is also working to create a brand new empowerment program designed specifically for first-generation students, so that they may be inspired to achieve their career goals, network with like-minded individuals, and learn what resources are accessible to them to make their dreams a reality.

At this last Monday night’s assembly meeting (March 23, 2015), several resolutions were passed, without much debate. One such resolution called for the addition of a section describing sexual and relationship violence to all course syllabi, so that each and every student may access the resources available for this issue without confusion or delay. Another resolution was passed, almost unanimously, that is certainly in the interest of most, if not every student on campus. Currently, Syracuse University has no official ruling in regards to subzero temperatures and snowfall in the class cancellation policy. This resolution would establish a clear and decisive definition of when class will be cancelled due to extensive amounts of snowfall. The next course of action is for university officials, including Chancellor Kent Syverud to review this resolution. More updates to come!

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Student Association Weekly Update

Student Association is just as ready for Spring Break as you are, but that does not mean we have lost sight of our initiatives!

The QR Codes in campus dining halls is in full effect! This allows students to view the nutritional content of what they are eating and make more contentious eating decisions. Check out a Daily Orange article written about it here (http://dailyorange.com/2015/03/knighton-dining-halls-utilize-qr-codes-well-providing-nutritional-information/ ). Student Engagement Committee member Sonia Suchak has finished the first draft of a proposal for the syllabi transparency initiative, allowing students to view a syllabus for a class before enrollment. Student Association Vice President Daniela Lopez will be meeting with the ESF Provost on March 4, and we will be meeting with Liz Liddy on March 6 in regards to an initiative furthering undergraduate research to discuss implementation options and financing.

Planning for Impact Week is in progress, and will be from April 13th-19th. Want more information? Check out Student Association’s February Newsletter!

What’s new with Academic Affairs?

The director of Academic Affairs, Katherine Desy and Student Association Vice President Daniela Lopez are meeting with Director of Undergraduate Studies, Judy O’Rourke and Vice President of Undergraduate Research, Gina Lee-Glouser this week to discuss possibilities for improving research opportunities for Syracuse undergraduate students. This week, a new initiative was introduced concerning evaluation research. This will potentially be a system where students will submit their end of semester professor evaluations, and then students interested in taking a class will be able to access these evaluations beforehand. One of Student Association’s newest members Sonia Suchak is working hard to promote this initiative, by reaching out to other universities both domestically and abroad. She is also creating a survey to send out to Syracuse undergraduate students to see if they would like this initiative to pass.

Another initiative the Academic Affairs committee is currently working on is improving the International Student Mentor program, offered through the Slutzker Center. This is a functioning program, but many international students do take advantage of this opportunity. Student Association would like to see each international student coming into Syracuse University to have an extensive informational packet and a mentor assigned to them to ensure their integration to the University goes smoothly.

SA D.A.T. Response

This is an analysis of the demands of THE General Body by the undergraduate Student Association (Henceforth referred to as SA), looking at which items have had action taken by SA and which items are and are not in line with broad graduate student consensus. This should be taken as the definitive opinion of the undergraduate student assembly as formulated by a duly elected committed of 7 and brought before assembly on 11/17/14.  This specifically details only what actions SA has taken or is committing to taking pursuant to these areas. Our notes are in red.

Needs and Solutions

We, THE General Body, expect to engage the senior leadership of Syracuse University in discussions on implementing the following solutions to meet our needs:

A legally-binding non-retaliation agreement for all those involved in THE General Body rally and sit-in.

1. The student body needs transparency with changes in student services and university policy. Transparency is defined as accessible information about said changes prior to finalization and implementation, student involvement and consultation in the decision-making and change process, diverse student representation at the table and respect for the will of governing bodies such as the Student Association, Graduate Student Organization and the University Senate in addition to the larger student and faculty bodies. The student body needs:

SA fully supports efforts to increase transparency. In many ways transparency goes above the definition provided above. SA believes it is part of its mission to help notify students of all decisions we are aware of.

1.1. The Board of Trustees vote on new Mission/Vision Statements for Syracuse University, scheduled to take place Thursday and Friday, November 6 and 7, 2014, must be postponed.

1.1.1.  The entire SU community must participate in a collectively-drafted, co-created process to write the new Mission/Vision Statements (if indeed the will of the entire SU community is to have new statements).

1.1.2. The process will begin immediately.

1.1.3.It will include a student-focused reach-out to engage directly the entire student body.

1.1.4. Among other efforts, Chancellor Syverud will use his email account to reach out to student, faculty and staff.

1.1.5. Among other efforts, The GSO and SA will email the student bodies as well.

1.1.6. This new Mission/Vision Statement, if we agree we need a new one, must be passed through the SA, GSO, and University Senate, and must have had at least the direct participation of 25% of each section of the entire community.

1.1.7.The end date for passing these statements will be May 2015.

  

1.1. The new University Mission/Vision Statement.

1.1.1. These statements were pushed forward very quickly, without diverse or widespread input, and certainly not with enough time or context for students to adequately weigh in. By October 1, 2014, comments were closed on the new Mission/Vision Statement. This timeline may have worked well for administration and the Trustees, but is completely out of touch with the timeline of students and faculty who are on campus September through May.

1.1.2. Indeed, the phrase “strengthen democratic institutions” has been removed from the proposed version. This indicates less interest in democracy, whether within the future of SU, or in the larger world.

1.1.3. Lack of the word “safe” in the new versions; “diverse and inclusive” does not necessarily imply safety, and is not sufficient to make campus safer for marginalized students.

1.1.4. The phrase “We provide access to opportunity” has been deleted from the proposed Vision Statement.

1.1.4.1.This indicates that the new vision for SU will be less concerned with making the university accessible to qualified applicants, regardless of financial and other circumstances.

1.1.5. Removes the term “diverse backgrounds,” as in the following phrase: “We want our students to feel they have been given real, entrepreneurial

opportunities in settings where students with diverse interests from diverse backgrounds can “mix it up.”

1.1.6. Includes less language about diversity than the previous iteration.

1.1.6.1.It implies a move away from ensuring the University will keep a commitment to recruiting, serving and sustaining a diverse population among students, faculty and staff.

1.1.6.2. There is no reference to “community engagement” in the current proposed version. They have removed “public good” from the statements.

This is a clear indicator that the university will be turning away from the commitment to engage with the larger Syracuse community which we experienced during

Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s tenure, which means moving towards the older model of the ‘Ivory Tower on the Hill.’

 To move more towards an Ivory Tower model again will breed further division and anger towards not only SU but its students, as well. To be clear, 80% of the students at the Syracuse City School District live in poverty.

“Furthermore, among the nation’s 200 biggest cities, only five have higher estimated poverty rates than Syracuse.”

We cannot step back from community engagement and commitment to the “public good.”

SA supports more conversation around the language in the vision and mission statements, which are arguably too short to accurately describe Syracuse University uniquely. Phrases concerning opportunity, diversity, and inclusion are items we have argued for directly in the past. We welcome further discussion on this language. These concerns will be shared both with our standing committees and with our representatives on the appropriate working groups.

1.1.8. The entire SU community must participate in a collectively-drafted, co-created process to write the new Mission/Vision Statements, i.e., the community will write the new statements, not simply give feedback to the current draft.

1.1.9. The process will begin immediately.

1.1.10. It will include a student-focused reach-out to engage directly the entire student body.

1.1.11.Among other efforts, Chancellor Syverud will use his email account to reach out to student, faculty and staff.

1.1.12. Among other efforts, The GSO and SA will email the student bodies as well.

1.1.13. This new Mission/Vision Statement, must be passed through the SA, GSO, and University Senate, and must have had at least the direct participation of 25% of each section of the entire community.

1.1.14. These new statements will not be completed until May 2015, allowing adequate time for full community participation in the process.

SA has previously made efforts to add wide student input into the drafting process. We are thankful for the additional time the University has added and will plans to make further efforts with the additional timeframe.

1.2.  The freezing of current investments in the fossil fuel industry and a plan to withdraw those investments within 5 years.

1.2.1.  by the end of the Spring 2015 semester

1.3. A meeting between Divest SU and the Socially Responsible Investment Matters Committee and relevant parties to begin action on fossil fuel divestment.

1.3.1.  by the end of the Fall 2014 semester

1.4. Disclosure of all names of fossil fuel companies with whom SU is affiliated, and amounts invested in them within the endowment. This includes divulging full records, including any discrepancy in percentages.

1.4.1.by the end of the Fall 2014 semester

SA has previously passed a resolution regarding this matter and is currently planning no further action on fossil fuel divestment.

1.5.  An official statement from the Chancellor, acknowledging the distress the closure of the Advocacy Center has caused the student body, in a meaningful way, and apologizing for:

1.5.1. closing the Advocacy Center without student or faculty consultation.

1.5.2.  closing the Advocacy Center when the majority of students were away from campus, unable to ask questions or say goodbye.

1.5.3. closing the Advocacy Center without replacement services available for those students who were on campus over the summer and without a comprehensive plan to cover for necessary services for victims of sexual assault and relationship violence.

1.5.4. forcing people out of their jobs with only one business day’s notice, and essentially forcing them into other positions, while eliminating one position entirely.

1.5.5. breaking trust with the entire community.

1.5.6.in an official email to all faculty, staff and students

1.5.7.by the end of the Fall 2014 semester

We agree with the underlying contention that the closure of the Advocacy Center was poorly communicated and that the decision should have been made in a more open manner. Similar to GSO, we prioritize service improvements over seeking apologies in our advocacy goals.

1.6.An official statement from administration promising that all recommendations and initiatives made by the Chancellor’s Workgroup on Sexual Violence, Prevention, Education and Advocacy will be implemented, and in the timeline the Workgroup proposes.

1.6.1. The SVPEA Workgroup should become a permanent committee.

1.6.2.All other workgroups should also be given actual implementation power so that their hard work and research does not simply get ignored.

1.6.2.1.The people running the workgroups and the participants come to consensus around their recommendations. Their reports, proposals and minutes will be available publicly on the Fast Forward or other applicable website.

1.6.2.2.Reports from administration showing point by point which recommendations will be used will be reported within two weeks after their official recommendations are made.

1.6.2.3.If the recommendations are not carried out, the administration must report back to the workgroup and other interested bodies about other options.

1.6.2.4. Workgroups will not be used in order to usurp the powers of the governing bodies of the university which are already in

place, such as the GSO, SA, and US.

1.6.3. by the end of the Fall 2014 semester

SA looks forward to the recommendations coming from the SVPEA Workgroup and others. SA respects the need for the university leadership to vet such recommendations before making final decisions. However, we support efforts to hold university leaders to the recommendations of these groups and if not followed, to issue statements explaining why they are not implementing the recommendations.

1.7.The creation of a program separate from university administration for students to express grievances and have them be addressed.

1.7.1.by the start of the Spring 2015 semester

We believe this ‘program’ is actually a fundamental component of SA in general.

1.8. A seat at the table as part of major or significant decision making on issues and services that affect us. This needs to be provided in a systematic and regular manner.

1.8.1.While the SA and GSO Presidents are typically brought in to some of these discussions, more students must be directly engaged in the decisions that are made. These additional students, and student representatives to the various university bodies, both permanent and temporary, should be chosen by the student governments and organizations and not by the administrators.

1.8.2.More work must be done to bring in all groups of people in the campus. If a significant portion of the SU community has not been part of any particular process, more time and effort should be made to ensure wide participation. There are multiple ways for people to express their thoughts, and being part of administrative initiatives should not be considered the only way to participate.

1.8.3. Both voting and nonvoting student and faculty positions on the Board of Trustees must be established.

1.8.4. Students should be treated as shareholders and not customers of the university.

1.8.5.by the end of the Spring 2015 semester

SA supports efforts to increased student involvement in all areas of the university. We would fully support a voting member(s) on the board of trustees. We would like to discuss further with students the best way to notify them of opportunities to participate as we traditionally have difficulties finding volunteers.

1.8.6.  In Fast Forward, there must be at least 1/3rd representation of students in each committee, and at least 2/3rds of those must be undergraduates.

1.8.6.1.If recruitment is seen to be a problem, provide incentives. For instance, some grad students who are on Fast Forward committees are receiving graduate assistantships which effectively pay them to do research for and be on these committees.

1.8.6.2. begin recruiting students immediately

SA believes in the administration’s response in adding more student representation.

1.9. A policy guaranteeing implementation of the will and resolutions of governing bodies (Student Association, Graduate Student Organization, University Senate, etc).

1.9.1.Significant changes must require consultation with governing bodies before finalization and implementation.

1.9.2.Resolutions passed and policies proposed by governing bodies must be taken seriously and considered in open-door meetings that include members of the concerned bodies.

1.9.3.This policy must include specific repercussions if policy guidelines are not adhered to.

1.9.4.by the end of the Spring 2015 semester

1.9.5.  A written recommitment to implementing shared governance.

1.9.6. immediately

SA supports measures to ensure its recommendations are seriously considered. We currently maintain strong relationships with administrators in order to bring this about, and have usually found our recommendations taken seriously. We also recognize the administration’s additional resources, needs, and experience which take precedent in who makes the final decision.

1.10.The creation of a permanent student advisory committee to the Chancellor, his Executive Team, and the Board of Trustees, open to all students.

1.10.1.This advisory group must be diverse, large, and representative of the entire student body, with oversight by THE General Body. Representatives will be nominated by THE General Body and other student organizations. The committee’s focus will be on providing cooperative oversight of administrative decisions which will be inclusive to all students. Any new groups wishing to appoint candidates to the committee will be endorsed by a committee vote. This committee will be chosen based on the common interests and concerns of the student body.

1.10.2. This is to help ensure that student voices are heard and solidify proof when they are not.

1.10.3.This committee must be in the room and receive direct communication about any financial decisions which significantly affect students or any decisions with relation to campus diversity and inclusivity; all committee members must have knowledge of the process and the option of being in the room with administrators at any point during the decision making process.

1.10.4.The students on these groups must not be the same students who are on all other groups as well.

1.10.5.Committee members must be appointed by December 5, 2014 and the committee must be functional and all members must be in communication with the chancellor and administration by January 12, 2015.

A Student Affairs Advisory Board has been created, with membership selected by the SA and GSO. We support efforts to create other such bodies or extend that body’s mission. In this effort, SA stresses effectiveness and respect.

1.11.  The Student Association president must be able to email the entire undergraduate student body.

1.11.1. immediately

The administration has allowed for this in a restrictive manner. SA will work to expand this new correspondence system to allow for 3 unscheduled emails by the SA president per semester [initiative]

2.The student body needs faculty, staff, students, and administrators to acknowledge, learn about, and redress the oppressions, aggressions, violences, and discriminations faced by students with marginalized identities and experiences (race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, mental health status, religion, nationality, documentation status and socio-economic class). The student body needs:

2.1.Further sexual assault advocacy training for the SU Title IX Coordinator

2.1.1.This training should consist of the 20 hour Department of Health training on sexual assault advocacy completed by Vera House advocates.

2.1.2.by the start of the Spring 2015 semester

We support evaluation by upper administration of the current title ix coordinator trainings.

2.2. A public address and apology for the POSSE cuts.

2.2.1. Full reinstatement of the POSSE program at its 2014-2015 level, and written commitment to remain at these levels for the next 5 years at minimum.

2.2.2. The student body needs Syracuse University to honor its original contract with the Posse Foundation and continues to bring Posse’s from Atlanta, Los Angeles and Miami for 5 years.

2.2.3. by the end of the Fall 2014 semester.

We do not agree with how the campus community was informed of the termination. We urge the university to honor its original contract and reevaluate when said contract ends.

2.3. Reinstatement of the Multicultural Spring Program.

2.3.1.Written commitment to work with Office of Multicultural Affairs to address the lack of Multicultural Spring and the bring it back by fall 2015. Includes allocating funding.

2.3.2. The Multicultural Spring Program was a very helpful and meaningful program for the minority students here at Syracuse University. Understanding the situation that resulted in the discontinuation of the program, we believe that the program is still a necessity for our campus. If the program is reinstated, to prevent a repeat of the past situation, we would like a more thorough and intensive training for the student host.

2.3.3. for the Fall 2015 semester

We support the own the dome event and support additional efforts to make the event appealing to the widest possible range of students. [possible additional efforts: busing, students of color brunch, panel of diverse student reps, etc.]

2.4.Conduct cooperative, collaborative research between the administration and departments that specialize in marginalized identities to address funding and other needs.

2.4.1. by the start of the Fall 2015 semester

2.4.2. Updated facilities for the African American Studies’ MLK Library and increased funding for the department as a whole.

2.4.3. begun by the start of the Spring 2015 semester.

SA advocates on behalf of students in all programs across the university. As such, we do not advocate for additional funding for one department or program except in extreme circumstances. We support an inclusive strategic planning process to determine our funding priorities between our academic programs.

2.5. Conversations Around Race and Ethnicity (CARE)/Safer People Safer

Spaces (SPSS) trainings for all senior administrators, as well as on-going diversity training.

2.5.1.by the end of the Spring 2015 semester

2.5.2.Timeline: Begin meeting as soon as possible, during the 2014-2015 year to revamp for Spring 2015 semester

While we have never taken official action on this item, we would support these trainings for a wide variety of individuals at the university.

2.6. Mandatory CARE and SPSS trainings for DPS, Department Chairs, Faculty, Elected Student Association representatives, RAs, Conduct Board members, and executive boards of RSOs.

2.6.1. by the end of the Spring 2015 semester

SA broadly supports these trainings as offerings. SA does not believe such mandates would be even logistically possible in a single semester.

2.7.The development of intersectional trainings.

2.7.1. There are many types of trainings available through SU, as well as local groups. Those who lead these trainings must meet to create more intersectional trainings.

2.7.2. by start of the Fall 2015 semester

SA has taken no action on this matter, but broadly supports additional training offerings.

2.8. More staff for the LGBT, Disability Cultural Center, SCIS, and OMA centers.

2.8.1. begin hiring by Fall 2015 semester, complete process by the start of the Fall 2016 semester

SA will support this action when it is proven that a majority of undergraduate students support additional staffing. 

2.9.Commitment to hire more faculty of color.

SA has taken no action on this in the past. However, we broadly support increased diversity across all areas of the university. Maintain high level of education. 

2.10. Commitment to recruit more students of color representative of U.S. demographics.

Same as 2.9. Admittance should retain the high standards of Syracuse University.

2.11. Expansion of the Intergroup Dialogue program and campus wide diversity requirements in academic curricula.

2.11.1. This change will occur with the consultation and consent of a diverse and large student representation.

2.11.2. This change will occur in the following steps:

2.11.2.1. We would like all first year students to take an online Diversity Training course during the summer before they come to Syracuse.

                                                 This diversity assessment would feature interactive learning and virtual education similar to the Drug and Alcohol quiz mandated for first year students to take the summer before arriving on campus. The assessment would educate all students on race, religion, sexuality, and gender identities so that everyone will have a chance to be educated on social and individual topics. The program will offer different testimonies of students that have felt

discriminated against at Syracuse University by the use of hate speech and the program will encourage future students to stand up against such action.

SA has previously worked to adjust the curriculum of Freshman Forum classes and would support similar action in the future but not the above action described.

2.11.2.2. Creation of a mandatory university-wide curriculum requirement.

by the start of the Fall 2015 semester

 Students could fulfill this requirement through coursework from a pre-approved list of courses from specific departments such as African American Studies, Asian/Asian American Studies, Disability Studies, Jewish Studies, Latino-Latin American Studies, LGBT Studies,

Native American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, etc., as these departments regularly and palatably address identity intersections, structural oppression, and critical theory in lower-division coursework. The diverse constitutions of these classes often involve students from other disciplines who have never before encountered their privilege in an academic setting; professors are prepared for such interactions and successfully lead discussions on power and oppression.

SA broadly supports a more inclusive curriculum for all of its students, one that does not detract from their career goals. SA appreciates the current mandates on curriculum but we do not believe a university wide-curriculum is feasible or beneficial to a majority of students’ experiences.

2.11.2.3. Reinstatement of This is My Story first-year student week event.

    This was a very influential program for entering first-year students that occurred as a tradition during freshman week that gave a good first impression to the new students that Syracuse University is a safe space for students of all backgrounds.

by the start of Fall 2015 semester

Demand has been met.

2.11.2.4.  Expansion of the Intergroup Dialogue Program

  in terms of funding, number of facilitators, number of sections per semester, and potential cross-listings

  expansion as deemed appropriate by current Intergroup Dialogue Program facilitators.

Dialogue facilitators will continue to receive training and participate in workshops and regularly scheduled team meetings that cover theory and praxis for intergroup dialogue as social justice education.

maintenance of current classroom dynamics despite influx of students.

 this sustainable expansion will create a foundation for the eventual requirement of Intergroup Dialogue Program for graduation.

by the start of the Fall 2015 semester

We have previously supported expansion of the IGD program, we will continue to support efforts.

2.11.2.5. Requirement of the Intergroup Dialogue Program or other diversity coursework for graduation beginning with the Class of 2019.

SA will begin to consult with constituents to see if this demand has wide support.

2.12.New student center that houses LGBT Resource Center, Disability Cultural Center, SCIS, and OMA in a safe, central, accessible location.

2.12.1.Including a nonacademic Women’s (& Trans-friendly) Center

2.12.1.1.  by the start of the Fall 2015 semester

2.12.1.2. The planning of this center must include a diverse and large student representation of the students that would be accessing resources at this new facility.

SA broadly supports a more functional student center. We look forward to continuing to engage with the Campus Master Planning process and the Strategic Planning process on how to best implement this.

2.13.Revise “No place for hate” to include “No place for silence” and encourage empowered bystanders.

2.14. Written commitment to begin conversations with Office of Residence Life

2.14.1. by the start of the Fall 2015 semester

We support this student input and encourage ORL to consider it.

2.15.Readily accessible information about methods for reporting DPS targeting, harassment, and misconduct.

2.15.1. These databases must be beyond the jurisdictive influence of the Department of Public Safety for fear of bias or tampering.

2.15.2. This evidence must be reviewable by a council of said SU student’s peers as well as representatives of DPS (who are not the accused or charged persons).

2.15.3. by the start of the Spring 2015 semester

2.16. With the advent of body cameras for DPS officers, it must also be permitted that those who are recorded via the officer’s point of view also be allowed to submit video evidence without the threat of invalidation.

2.16.1. Cameras should never be permitted to be turned off.

2.16.2. by the start of the Spring 2015 semester

2.17. Readily available public access document for students and faculty that addresses the relationship, rights and responsibilities between Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Syracuse Police Department (SPD).

This emphasizes not only the need to end the mistreatment of all members of the SU community, especially those marginalized, but also the need to end the fear of speaking out for what is right.

2.17.1. The student body understands that there will be cases handled that affect the Syracuse University community in which SPD officers will be involved because of geographical jurisdiction overlap.

2.17.2. DPS officers are to have video evidence of their conduct recorded and submitted for review, and so must SPD officers when operating in the Syracuse University limitations and boundaries (this way, cases that affect students would fall similarly under the guidelines of imposition and requests made of DPS).

2.17.3. We also demand public access to the University Area Crime-Control Team operations modus operandi inclusive of information of registered officers and their titles (badges, precinct position, etc.).

2.17.3.1.There is no official document for the joint effort collaborative that can be accessed for the relationship between DPS and SPD.

2.17.4. Anonymity cannot be the plausible basis for dismissing accusations and/or information on the grounds for contesting harassment cases as members of the student body.

2.17.5. By the end of the Spring 2015 semester

We will forward all of this to our DPS advisory board.

2.18. Accessible gender-neutral single occupancy bathrooms (with showers for residence halls) in all buildings.

2.18.1. Construction should begin by the end of the Spring 2015 semester

We encourage the University to address this issue when feasible.

2.19. The changing of Columbus Day on the SU Calendar to Indigenous Peoples’Day.

2.19.1.by the start of the Fall 2015 semester

SA supports OMA’s efforts and not having columbus day on the univ calendar.

2.20.Commitment to being a worldwide leader in addressing and ending sexual assault.

2.20.1.The creation of a new standalone center for sexual assault and relationship violence services, advocacy, education, and outreach that combines the advantages of both old and new structures.

2.20.1.1.The creation of such a center will be predicated on the input of survivors and students, faculty, and staff involved in sexual assault advocacy and prevention education on campus.

2.20.1.2. planning must start by the end of the Spring 2015 semester

2.20.1.3. A campus wide survey addressing the climate of rape and sexual assault modeled after M.I.T.’s recent survey.

We look forward to the final report of the Chancellor’s Workgroup on SVPEA in December. SA broadly supports more prevention programs regarding sexual violence on campus.

2.21.Mandatory consent training for all entering students, including graduate.

2.21.1.Consent training should be intersectional in nature, and couched in a positive sexuality framework.

2.21.2. The training will take place over several weeks, beginning from the first day of orientation. Potential trainers include groups such as A Men’s Issue, Vera House, SASSE, and others.

2.21.3.The training will avoid victim-blaming mentality.

2.21.3.1.by the start of the Fall 2015 semester

2.21.4. Clarification of responsibilities and appropriate training for all responsible employees.

2.21.4.1. by the start of the Spring 2015 semester

This exists, we like that it exists. We agree with university response.

2.22.  A university-wide affirmative consent “Yes Means Yes” Policy. See appendix.

2.22.1. by the start of the Spring 2015 semester

2.22.2. University policies addressing sexual assault offenses must be revisited and reevaluated with a survivor-first lens.

2.22.2.1. by the end of the Spring 2015 semester

SA has taken no action on this item. We welcome continued conversations over this topic – we have supported “Stop the Blame Game” and similar events this semester which aim for similar goals. University already has a yes means yes policy.

2.23. A widespread, comprehensive campaign to notify all students about the currently available sexual assault resources.

2.23.1.New stickers must be made to fix the errors in the current ones, to clarify which resources are available and which are confidential and privileged. These stickers must be put in every bathroom on the entire campus, including all residence halls. Additionally, stickers on dorm room doors must also be updated.

2.23.1.1.  by December 12, 2014

SA continues to work to improve signage and general communication about available resources. SA is taking on a PR campaign for this.

2.24. Disability accessibility must be enforced.

2.24.1. The university must engage in an immediate and transparent search for an ADA coordinator who will lead all areas of SU in meeting the requirements of the ADA and, where possible, to surpass them. This will include open-door sessions for interviews, the time and dates of which will be distributed through mainstream channels.

2.24.1.1.  by the start of the Spring 2015 semester

2.24.2. Provide money immediately to a centralized fund, allocated by the ADA Coordinator, dedicated to providing equipment and services that create equal and inclusive access for people with disabilities that falls outside of the jurisdiction of ODS that students, faculty, staff, student organizations, and programs of Syracuse University can utilize in a quick and convenient manner. (Examples include, but are not limited to: Student groups or campus programs seeking inclusive, accessible transportation for off campus events and activities; providing faculty or staff accommodations such as ASL interpreter or guide dog for travel to international locations for academic research or professional related purposes; wheelchairs for students with mobility impairments in order to functionally maneuver around campus)

2.24.2.1. by the start of the ADA Coordinator position

2.24.3. Implement and track enforcement mechanisms that ensures all events and activities on campus and off campus be made fully accessible. These accessible event and activity policies need to be designed based off of the Accessible Events Planning Guide published on the Disability Cultural Center website

2.24.4.The commitment to maintain funding and support for Inclusive U over the next 10 years.

2.24.4.1. Expansion and greater flexibility of transportation for OnCampus Students so students can attend events and activities later at night and early in the morning.

2.24.4.2.by the start of the ADA Coordinator position

2.24.4.3.$100,000 for research and development funds to develop a disability ally training for use on the SU campus, with administration, staff, and students, along with an ongoing commitment for implementation.

2.24.4.4. by the start of the spring 2015 semester

2.24.4.5. $250,000 for research and development of a required inclusive pedagogy training for faculty to improve the quality of teaching for all students’ educational needs, not just disabled students, along with ongoing commitment for implementation.

2.24.4.6. by the start of the fall 2015 semester

2.24.4.7. Office of Disability Services must be re-evaluated by a diverse and large group of students, faculty, and staff who use or have experience with those services, and through a campus-wide survey. The findings must be used to immediately improve services.

by the start of the Spring 2015 semester

2.24.5.For the improvement of campus buildings’ and grounds’ disability access,

1 minor physical access update must be made per month and at least 2 major physical access updates must be included in all renovation projects. This requirement is to ensure physical access progress be made in a timely manner with minimal inconvenience to the student body.

2.24.5.1. by the start of the Spring 2015 semester

We support the administration decision regarding an ADA coordinator and also believe ODS should receive priority in discussions. Budget allocations listed above should be discussed through the fast forward working groups.

We support the administration.

3. Public discussions on the funding level of the library systems at SU

3.1.The Libraries system needs an additional $7 million in the base budget just to reach the median of our peer group. No discussions beyond emergency funding additions have occurred. More funding for principal collection acquisitions is needed, in addition to more funding for physical renovation of Bird Library.

3.1.1. by the start of the Fall 2015 semester

4.Better pay and services to graduate staff and commuters.

4.1.A minimum of $14,102.40 for a 9 month, 20 hour per week contract period is necessary to meet the 2014 living requirements of TAs, RAs and GAs in Syracuse.

This is a GSO concern that has been responded to by that governing body.

4.2. Graduate students who work as TAs, RAs and GAs (and their dependents) must be offered enrollment in dental care each year.

See above.

4.3.For the support of commuters, Syracuse University has a responsibility to reserve the parking spots commuters pay for and not double charge for land already long since been paid off when visitors come to the university for entertainment purposes.

4.4. by the start of the Fall 2015 semester

SA will forward these concerns to the proper working group.

5. A financially transparent university.

5.1. Provide transparent records that offer an explicit breakdown of the distribution of students’ tuition to the university. Include all salaries.

5.2. The administration must provide the necessary salary data to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). The Administration’s failure to

provide this data last year led to the AAUP’s inability to write the Z report (a critical data source on faculty salaries) for the first time in nearly 50 years.

5.3. The administration must be more transparent about budget priorities at the University. This requires the administration be willing to meet with the Senate Budget Committee with regularity (a privilege not afforded to the committee last year for the first time in years).

5.3.1.  by the start of the Spring 2015 semester

5.2. Provide a complete, detailed record of the current location of each of the 1.044

billion dollars, which was raised in The Campaign for Syracuse University, concluding on December 31, 2013.

5.2.1. by the start of the Spring 2015 semester

5.3. Provide a complete, detailed accounting of the financial transactions involving the major SU sports teams, particularly men’s basketball and football. Contrary to popular opinion, we have heard that all told, the sports programs do not actually bring a direct net gain into the university.

5.3.1. by the start of the Spring 2015 semester

SA has traditionally not interfered with the internal finances of the university. We support the efforts and endeavors of University Senate if they are working towards this matter.

6. Better mental health services and support.

6.1. These changes must be taken seriously and implemented without delay, as they are, for many students, a matter of life and death.

6.2.Psychiatrists and Counselors should be in the same building. This would streamline mental health concerns and makes it much less confusing for students.

6.2.1.  by the start of the Spring 2015 semester

6.3. There must be more than one psychiatrist on campus. If 1 in 4 students have mental health issues, and our psychiatrist serves both SU and ESF, with a

combined enrollment of 23,517 students, this means there is one psychiatrist serving 5,879 students. This is unacceptable.

6.3.1.At least one more psychiatrist must be hired by December 1, 2014

6.4. Psychiatrists must be able to see students on an emergency basis. If a student’s life is at risk, they should not have to wait.

6.5. Psychiatrists must see students on an ongoing basis, rather than short-term.

6.6. The Counseling Center must provide information about all options so that students are able to make informed decisions. “I at first was not told about the option to go to the hospital, and then I was not told enough about it to make an informed decision.”

6.7. Non-Emergency medical transportation must be made available for mental as well as physical health appointments and services.

6.7.1. immediately

6.8. The Counseling Center must expand its full-time professional staff, its office hours, the length of counseling sessions, and the number of sessions offered to students.

6.8.1. by the start of the Fall 2015 semester

6.9.The Counseling Center must clarify its policies regarding how they make their decisions about who they agree to see, and who they send out into the community.

6.10.If a student is sent out into the community, the Counseling Center must follow up to make sure that student has found adequate support within one month.

6.11.A workgroup established to look at mental health concerns and necessary structural changes in the campus mental health system.

6.11.1. Beginning immediately

We strongly urge the University to provide more funding and attention to the issue of mental health services. This is often a life or death issue. We believe that the services available should reflect the size and demand of the undergraduate student population.

7.A safe, supportive space for international students on this campus, and their voices must be included in discussion.

7.1.It must be understood that not holding US citizenship does not mean international students are not also members of this community and do not suffer from systems of oppression.

7.2. More diversity in the staff of The Slutzker Center of International Services, and hire people who have experiences in marginalization.

7.3. Including international students in diversity training programs.

7.4.Eg. Not referring to a broad “We” when professors address students in classroom.

SA has a good working relationship with the Slutzker Center and is open for evaluation of current programs/staffing levels to determine if these demands are necessary.

8.Complete the search for an Asian/Asian American Studies Minor Director.

8.1. The Director should be qualified with regard to his or her academic concentration and expertise with an emphasis on Asian American Studies, not just Asian Studies.

8.2. The Director should be committed full-time to the advancement of the Asian/Asian American Studies Minor.

8.3. The Director should hold a tenure-track faculty position within the University in addition to the Director position.

8.4. Involve interested students, faculty, and staff in the search for the Asian/Asian American Studies Minor.

8.4.1. by the end of the Spring 2015 semester

This is great student input. We will refer it to our standing committee on academic affairs.

9. Add “Hate Speech (speech that attacks a person or group on the basis of attributes such as gender, ethnic origin, religion, race, disability, or sexual orientation)” to the student code of conduct as words that are prohibited on this campus.

9.1.  Currently, the Student Code of Conduct states: Harassment, whether physical or verbal, oral or written, which is beyond the bounds of protected free speech, directed at a specific individual(s) easily constructed as “fighting words,” and likely to cause immediate breach of the peace.

9.2.immediately

We have passed a resolution calling for more specific language around similar restrictions in the Electronic Harassment Policy. SA does not condone hate speech or other discrimination on campus. SA is committed towards unifying all campus groups. SA supports the code of conduct in its current form but also supports student input on possible revisions.