Yesterday, at Georgetown University Student Association’s final session of the semester, the Senate passed a resolution in favor of raising the burden of proof standard to “clear and convincing” in the Student Code of Conduct. The resolution, voted on at yesterday afternoon’s Senate meeting, received unanimous consent.
This clause, recently approved by the Disciplinary Review Committee, must now be implemented by Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson. The current Code of Conduct standard holds a “more likely than not” burden of proof to find a student guilty of a violation.
GUSA President Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13) created a Hoya Roundtables Ideascale post that has garnered almost 200 votes in the past 24 hours. The vote is part of an effort to uphold the DRC recommendation and encourage Dr. Olson to follow through with implementation as soon as possible. Ideascale, crowd-sourced ideas forum created by the COO Chris Augostini’s office, allows students to submit ideas or concerns related to student life and other students can vote these ideas up or down based on whether or not they support these ideas. The idea submitted by Gustafson reached the third rank in terms of popularity, followed by an idea to allow non-MSB students full access to the Hariri Building and an idea to provide campus-wide wireless Internet.