EKU’s Student Government Association met on Tuesday to approve acts removing a wellness credit and allowing students the right to an attorney.
Before discussing the acts, Anthony Jones, Director of Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, asked for support from the SGA for diversity programs that the office has implemented. Jones said that the programs are designed to help students transition from high school to college, encourage and support diversity and help students from overseas. Some programs started by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs were mentioned, including one based on gender equality. Jones said OMSA is starting these programs to help students succeed in the classroom and also all other facets of their lives.
“To love, grow, and graduate, and ultimately give back,” is the motto of OMSA—and these programs will help with accomplishing this goal and help with students being even more successful in college and beyond, Jones said.
A diversity summit hosted by SGA will be on April 22.
SGA President Collin Potter presented the senate with an SGA plan to renovate publications of businesses that give college students a student discount in order to help students in need find food and clothing for a low price.
Luke Prince, a former SGA senate member, asked to be placed back on the senate after dropping out last semester. SGA held an closed discussion and decided Prince would be appointed as a senate member. Prince was sworn in at the end of the meeting.
SGA Executive Vice President Sebastian Torres thanked the members who attended the rally for higher education in Frankfort on Monday and SGA Advisor Jason Marion also said he thought the EKU students who attended the rally were excellent representatives of the university, specifically Ryan Wiggins, an SGA senator and student speaker at the rally, for his speech.
Torres also said that SGA was able to talk with executives at the extension campus in Corbin and create a new set of bylaws for the campus. The Corbin executives agreed with all the guidelines and were willing to merge the new bylaws with the old ones. All senate members were given a copy of those bylaws.
Two acts were introduced to the SGA members for their support and approval. The first act was the House Bill 126, stating that students now have the right to an attorney when they are facing disciplinary action. The act gives students due process when they face a criminal charge, said Torres. Senate members voted their approval of the act anonymously.
A proposal to remove the wellness requirement from the list of general education courses students must take to graduate was also introduced. The proposed removal was previously approved by Faculty Senate in their most recent meeting and must go through the Board of Regents before becoming official.
Madison Lipscomb, a senator-at-large, noted her concern for transfer students, because the requirement has become a barrier preventing many transfer students from graduating on time.
The senate approved the proposal.