GUSA passes resolution in support of “clear and convincing”

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.

4 Comments on “GUSA passes resolution in support of “clear and convincing”

  1. Stay out of the msb. Msb students should get to only use it because we barely have enough space as it is. The MBA students use 95% of the building and we have nowhere to meet for group projects. Plus, since we use the building everyday, we actually respect it and keep it clean.

  2. Kyle, not only is that comment tangential at best, it is silly. What school does have enough space? Should you be locked out of non-MSB associated spaces because you don’t use them every day?

  3. This is a huge breakthrough for student rights. Everyone should vote it up on IdeaScale!

  4. Can the DRC and the GUSA Senate clarify how the “clear and convincing” standard will functionally differ from the “more likely than not” standard? The change sounds like a great step in the right direction, but I think students want to make sure these are not just empty words.

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