Sam, Erin, and I are still working on refining our response to the fact sheet sent out by the University. We apologize for the delay, but please know we have not been sitting idly.
In the meantime I would like to follow up on my goal to feature all of your voices. I have attached a pdf, and have included the text below, as best I can. The Undergraduate Student Association at SUNY ESF passed the following resolution. I would like to applaud their quick and thoughtful response, and wholeheartedly agree that changes need to be postponed until, a task force involving all members of the University community, as well as representatives from Vera House, SPD, and the Syracuse District Attorney’s office can work together to find a real solution to all of this.
Undergraduate Student Association
Resolution to Address the Realignment of Syracuse University’s Student Support Services
Resolution No: 2014-3
A RESOLUTION of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Introduced by the Undergraduate Student Association
WHEREAS, on Friday, May 30th, 2014, Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud sent a memorandum to Syracuse University students, faculty, and staff about upcoming university restructuring initiatives; and
WHEREAS, the memorandum states that the Advocacy Center at Syracuse University, an invaluable resource for victims of sexual assault and relationship violence, will be disbanded on June 4th, 2014; and
WHEREAS, the memorandum also states that the services previously offered by the Advocacy Center will be decentralized and offered by the Counseling Center, the Office of Student Assistance, and the Office of Health Promotion; and
WHEREAS, this consolidation, decided without consultation with students who utilize the resources of the Advocacy Center, creates unnecessary barriers for victims of sexual assault who are seeking support
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the representatives of the Undergraduate Student Association of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry strongly recommend that Syracuse University suspend the disbandment of the Advocacy Center at Syracuse University until such time that a task force, comprised of faculty, staff, and students, can review the new guidelines for Title IX compliance, including the recommendations from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, issued on April 29, 2014, which recommends that on-campus sexual assault advocates are provided confidential status in order to assist survivors.
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