The Student Senate approved funding allocations for four organizations and reviewed a petition for a new organization, the American Medical Student Association, during the first Student Government meeting of the semester on Monday.
SG also approved a program request from the Student Experimental Theater Organization, granting them $1,790 in funds to put on their entirely student-run production of “Closer” by Patrick Marber.
The INNOVATE Club of SIUE, Mantra, Survivor SIUE and Students of Women’s Choice were the four organizations granted their new organization allocation requests.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jeffrey Waple spoke to SG at the meeting about changes being made to the university’s involuntary health leave of absence policy.
According to documents provided to SG, the policy is applicable if a student “poses a direct threat to the mental, emotional, or physical well-being of self or others.”
Waple said this policy is only meant to be used after all other action has been taken by the university.
Students removed from campus under this policy will be barred from campus and may be required to have a police escort on campus if they wish to speak with university administrators or health care professionals in the process of re-enrollment.
Samantha Dickens, coordinator of the Prevention Education and Advocacy Center, came to the meeting to ask for their support with their It’s On Us campaign this year.
Dickens asked members of SG to sign the It’s On Us pledge, and for their assistance with visibility at PEACe’s table at the activity fair on Sept. 3.
Staff Senate President Ian Toberman spoke to the Student Senate and offered a standing invitation for SG President Jacob Graham to visit Staff Senate meetings.
Toberman also spoke about both SG and the Staff Senate’s role in governing at the university, and answered questions about the kinds of resolutions the Staff Senate passes.
Additionally, SG approved requests of $600 to both the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and the Industry Pharmacists Organization to assist with travel costs for events in September.
For more information on SG affairs, and for a list of their meetings this semester, visit https://www.siue.edu/kimmel/sg/.