GUSA wants a talk with the Provost
Georgetown’s new provost Robert Groves has been busy, going after grade inflation and snow days. GUSA Secretary of Academic Affairs Guy Mentel (COL ’14) and Senate Intellectual Life Chairwoman Shweta Wahal (SFS ’16) have launched an “engagement campaign” in response to these actions which they feel lack student input.
Having been Provost for less than 18 months, Groves has started various initiatives, such as targeting grade inflation and holding classes despite camping closures, but now GUSA is calling timeout until student input is factored into these decisions.
Mentel and Wahal are utilizing their GUSA clout to organize a forum for students to express their opinion. What exactly this forum will look like is not yet decided. “We will seek to meet with the Provost and relevant members of his office to develop a plan for student engagement,” said GUSA President Nate Tisa to Vox in an email.
GUSA wants to start a conversation, not prescribe the answers. Tisa stressed that GUSA is not offering its opinion on Grove’s initiatives, but rather going to the student body and asking theirs.
GUSA also asks for no other initiatives to be launched by Groves until student input has been actively sought and taken into consideration.
“Essentially we are asking for no further changes without opportunity for student engagement. Georgetown students are creative, smart, and have a vested interest in this process, and our participation will lead to a better outcome over time regarding both the recent policy decisions and future decisions,” wrote Tisa.
As big and tall as GUSA may want to seem as vanguard of student interests, their press release on this matter acknowledges their true reach of their clout: “Through their support, in the form of signatures, GUSA hopes to open dialogue.”