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Student Government Opposes Board of Regents Policies

By Kassondra Granata

The Student Government Association passed five Finance Committee Recommendations and a renewal of the resolution objecting a policy by the Board of Regents at its short meeting last week.

Sen. Chris Marcelli motioned to renew the SGA’s resolution in opposition of the Board of Regent’s policies IT-001 & IT-002.

According to online documents, the IT-001, which was passed unanimously Oct. 18, 2012, gives the BOR the authority to place common rules in regards to IT uses at Connecticut universities.

According to the document, the purpose of this policy is “to make sure that all IT resources that are consistent with the ConnSCU mission and goals; prevent disruptions and misusage of the IT resources; ensure that the ConnSCU community is informed of state and federal laws and ConnSCU IT policies governing the use of ConnSCU resources; and ensure IT resources are used in a manner which comply with such laws and policies.”

According to an online document, IT-002, also passed on Oct. 18, 2012, gives the BOR the authority to “promote the use of electronic communication as the official means of communication within ConnSCU; ensure that ConnSCU electronic communications resources are used for purposes appropriate to the ConnSCU mission and goals; prevent disruptions to and misuse of ConnSCU electronic communications resources and services; ensure that the ConnSCU community is aware that use of ConnSCU electronic communications resources is subject to state and federal laws and the ConnSCU policies; and ensure that electronic communications resources are used in compliance with those laws and the ConnSCU policies.”

“The University [CCSU] already has this policy, most of the schools don’t do this though,” said Marcelli. “The Board of Regents on the other hand, I don’t think they need that power, the university already has this power. The faculty are concerned.” On Jan. 28, the Faculty Senate spoke in opposition of the policy.

“It is an issue of the students and not just the faculty,” Marcelli said. “This does not just affect faculty. There is a privacy issue here, a very serious one.”

Sen. Kory Mills motioned to pass three of the four, one allocating $500 to the CCSU Public Policy Club, with $250 for refreshments for their debate, and $250 for promotional items.

“Finance committee met for a good amount of time, so I suggest you trust us for that,” Mills said. Mills explained to the senate what each recommendation was for, and how the finance committee dealt with their decisions.

The second was to approve a line item change for the College Democrats. The club asked to move $78.45 from their hotel expenses to promotional items and pens. It also asked to move $180 from hotel expenses and promotional items, $199 from hotel expenses to promotional items, condoms and $45.74 from hotel expenses to shipping and handling. The third recommendation was to deny the Physical Education Club’s line item change.

After Mills’ motion, there was no discussion. It passed with 29 Yes votes and one No vote.

Sen. Ryan Baldassario then motioned to accept LASO’s (Latin American Student Organization) line item change moving $250 from travel to refreshments. The motion passed unanimously.