ASUAF resolution undergoes final edits
Kaz Alvarez/Sun Star Reporter
Jan. 28, 2014
The recent student government resolution targeting possible inconsistencies in policies affecting campus residents is still being finalized by the senate.
The Associated Students of the University of Alaska Fairbanks resolution “Reformation of Residence Life Policies and Practices” encourages Chancellor Rogers to form a committee to investigate the policies and practices within Res Life in its conclusion.
The senate passed the resolution in early December by a 8-0-1 vote. Freshman senator Lida Zakurdaew abstained to prevent a conflict of interest because she currently collaborates with Residence Life to revive Residence Hall Associations.
The resolution passed with 40 supporting testimonies from the campus community detailing both positive and negative experiences with various aspects of the Res. Life Office.
“It didn’t surprise me that this is happening officially,” said Ashleigh Strange, an alumni and former Resident Assistant with two semesters of Desk Attendant experience and 9 semesters of RA experience in Moore Hall, Cutler Apartments and MacLean House. “A lot of students have been grumbling to RAs about different punishments for the same incident but we don’t make the rules.”
Unlike a bill, the resolution will not have a quick and resultant action. It is a legislative body’s official expression of their opinion or will. This resolution can only express the opinion or will of ASUAF and the students they represent.
During the resolution’s final reading before the senate, First Year Experience Coordinator Brad Bishop cautioned senators to consider the impact that the resolution will have on RAs, who are also students represented by ASUAF. He also advised the senate to ensure that personal motives did not impact the resolution. Brad Bishop could not be reached for further comment.
Strange suggests that students with an issue with Res Life attempt to resolve it with the department and be persistent.
“You see something and you want it to be changed to make life better for everyone else and you go to you RA but you’re told no,” Strange said. “Don’t stop there. I think that students don’t know how much power they have as residents.”
Next week, pick up the February 4 issue of the Sun Star for the UAF community’s reception to SR 181-001. Email Kaz Alvarez at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit a comment with your reaction to the resolution. Submit testimonies to ASUAF through an anonymous form http://bit.ly/1n48FNj.
Disclaimer: Ashleigh Strange is a former Sun Star reporter.