Undergraduate Student Government pass resolution supporting current Title IX policy

Undergraduate Student Government has unanimously passed a resolution opposing proposed Title IX changes Monday following a table of the legislation in the previous meeting.

Drafted by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos last November, the new proposal would make several changes to current Title IX sexual assault and violence legislation, including:

 

  • A new definition of sexual assault: “unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the school’s education program or activity.”

  • Required live hearings and cross-examination of a witness.

According to USG’s passed resolution, maintaining current Title IX policies will ensure “the safety, protection, and well-being of the entire student body.”

In open forum, Sheri Stoll, BGSU’s Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Finance and Administration, discussed USG’s questions about campus finances.

One question regarded BGSU’s financial standing in comparison to other Ohio universities. According to Stoll, the university is faring adequately.

“I would say we are doing OK; we’re not doing not poorly,” she said.

Another question concerned the number of employees at BGSU and how the number has changed over time. Stoll said there are 2,000 full-time employees and 500 part-time employees.

“We’ve stayed pretty consistent over time in terms of employment,” she said.

USG also presented the first reading of two other resolutions, which have yet to be voted on. The first resolution outlines USG support of the Equality Act.

The bill, introduced in March, will make various amendments to current civil rights legislation, including:

 

  • Recognition of sexual orientation and gender identity as protected attributes under discrimination laws.

  • Prohibition of discrimination in public spaces, services and federally funded programs on the basis of sex.

 

According to Military Senator Hallie Cunningham, the resolution is a crucial step to recognizing equality at the university.

“I think that this would be important for (USG) to recognize, as BGSU’s making a lot of strides towards this issue,” she said.

The second resolution introduced at the meeting cites support for the Light It Up Blue campaign, held by Alpha Xi Delta’s Beta Mu chapter.

For the campaign, the chapter plans to change white light bulbs around Alpha Xi Delta’s house to blue ones, including a blue lawn fixture that will shine on the house, to coincide with World Autism Month.

The chapter hopes to promote safety, acceptance and support to those who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to Hannah Wirth, USG’s Panhellenic Greek Council senator.

“We wanted to make this resolution to get more involved with (World Autism Month),” she said.

Both resolutions will be given a final reading and voted on at the April 15 meeting.