Unanimous Senate vote passed Safe Zone training legislation

The Student Government Association Senate unanimously passed legislation on Oct. 15 requiring 10 percent of each group funded by the financial affairs committee—or 10 members, whichever is the lower threshold—to be Safe Zone trained.

Safe Zone training is designed to build acceptance and support at the University for the LGBQT+ community.

The legislation will take effect at the beginning of the 2017 fiscal year.

This legislation will be instrumental in spreading Safe Zone training to the rest of campus and ensuring that there will be a student on every corner of campus that is Safe Zone trained, Sen. Patrick Fitzgerald said.

“While Safe Zone training is incredibly important for elected and appointed members of SGA, it is equally as important, if not more important to ensure that students outside of SGA’s sphere of influence are Safe Zone trained—helping spread a message of tolerance, acceptance and awareness all across our campus,” Fitzgerald said.

Sen. Alex Smith believes that the bill will serve to expand the actions of the senate into the community.

“I think it’s an important piece of legislation because it’s important for the senators to be active outside the senate chamber,” Smith said.

The bill’s author, Sen. Sean Ross, said that this bill will provide a first step towards making the campus more inclusive.

“This is only the first step,” Ross said. “This creates a more respectful and inclusive community at the University. We need this to get the ball rolling and start having these conversations at the University. Moreover, it’s great to have conversations, but concrete actions are needed to make it effective.”

In other news:

-The SGA Senate unanimously passed resolutions congratulating the Homecoming Queen Katelyn Katsafanas and commending the homecoming court.

-The SGA unanimously passed a resolution to conduct polling on issues encountered by students.

-The SGA unanimously passed a resolution commending the “Puppy Play Day” initiative.

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