Sunday, May 3, 2009

Student Congress Motion Passed... Again!

The undergraduate students representing various student organizations on campus passed a motion in Student Congress supporting a 100% smoke-free campus in March, with 23 for, 1 against.

That bill was vetoed by the Student Body Government president because he felt that a student forum on campus smoking was needed before he could pass/veto the bill.  The forum was hosted in April, and the SBG president decided, based on the input of the students, that instead of making the campus 100% smoke-free, there should be several designated areas with "reasonable accommodations" (e.g. shelter, gazebo) to protect the smokers from rain and wind.  

A new motion was created including the input from the SBG president and the community, to support a smoke-free campus with designated areas and reasonable accommodations, and this motion was passed again with 15 votes for, 1 against, and 2 abstained from voting.