Student Senate passes resolution in support of dead hours policy reform

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Over 300 students in nontraditional halls are in favor of relaxing or removing the policy

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Student Senate passes resolution in support of dead hours policy reform

Senators vote in favor of adopting the 2019-2020 Student Org Fund Allocation.

Senators vote in favor of adopting the 2019-2020 Student Org Fund Allocation.

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Senators vote in favor of adopting the 2019-2020 Student Org Fund Allocation.

Photo by Sam Farley

Photo by Sam Farley

Senators vote in favor of adopting the 2019-2020 Student Org Fund Allocation.

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Student Senate on Monday passed a resolution in support of dead hours policy reform for nontraditional halls.

Senator Joe Murphy, the author of the bill, said a survey was administered to Haymarket Landing, Chancellors, Priory and Aspenson Mogenson halls. According to the resolution, over 300 students were polled about the Dead Hours policy, which requires students not be heard from the hallway during finals week.

The resolution states that over 90 percent of those students and all Resident Assistants responded that they were “in favor of relaxing or removing the Dead Hours policy.”

Senator Carter Rush said he would have liked to see the resolution passed by the Residence Hall Association first, but he was glad to know they were consulted.

“I think this is still a big step forward,” Rush said.

Senator Kayde Langer spoke against the resolution, citing her disappointment in it not passing through RHA before being presented to Student Senate.

“The fact that it wasn’t is very disappointing and an overreach of RHA,” Langer said.

The resolution passed 26-1-2.

Creating Opportunities to Allow Incoming Students on Senate

Senate passed a resolution in support of creating opportunities to allow incoming students on Student Senate.

The current election structure does not accommodate seats for incoming students — first-year, transfer or nontraditional students — for the fall semester.

RHA Liaison Travis DuChene spoke in support of the bill.

“I think this is a good resolution that points out a problem that we have with our current Senate system, because our job is to represent all of the students on campus, and I don’t think that should be exclusively second-years and up,” DuChene said. “I think we should be including first-year students.”

Senator Ted Molkentin spoke against the bill. Molkentin said he wanted to be a Senator as a first-year student, and went through an interview with the Vacancy Committee, but was unsuccessful. Nonetheless, he still wanted to be involved so he joined two commissions.

“I think that spoke to my credibility as wanting to become a leader here,” Molkentin said. “My thought is that if the students want to be involved, they will find a way to get involved.”

The resolution passed 15-12-2.

Other news:

  • Senate passed a bill to fund sustainable improvements to the Art Department.
  • Senate passed a bill to fund sustainable improvements to the Ade Olson Addition of McPhee Strength & Performance Center.
  • Senate passed a bill to approve a name change for the Campus Affairs Commission, which is now the Student Organization Commission.
  • Senate passed a special allocation bill to the Spanish Club.
  • Senate passed a bill approving the 2019-20 Student Organization Fund allocation.
  • Senate passed a bill to amend the Campus Affairs Commission Bylaws.
  • Senate passed a resolution in support of increasing accessibility to safe sex devices.
  • Senate passed resolutions in recognition of Dean Joe Abhold, Vice Chancellor Dr. Johnson, Dennis Beale and UW-Eau Claire Police Chief David Sprick.
  • Senate passed a resolution in support of an Energy Dashboard.
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