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In SGA: Hazing and Title IX were discussed

This article originally appeared in the Rotunda on 9/27/17. An archive is here.

In this week’s Student Government Association (SGA) meeting the topic of hazing was discussed, beginning with a presentation by Tracy Maxwell, introduced by Longwood Associate Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Chloe Abshire.

Maxwell is the founder and former executive director of the Hazing Prevention Organization. Maxwell discussed the physical and psychological impact of hazing, as well as the percentages and shame factor associated with it.

Senators provided their input with stories of sexual violence that are prevalent among fraternities, sports teams and other similar organizations.

Patrick Martin was inducted as the Honor Board representative by SGA President Kevin Napier.

Virginia 21 Representative Morgan Rollins addressed concerns about Title IX due to the recent removal of the Obama administration’s guidelines on the legislation by Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. She encouraged SGA members to read more material on the controversy and to prepare for future discussion on this topic.

In his executive report, Napier addressed recent rumors about the Conduct Board with not being recognized as a student organization on campus. The Conduct Board did not attend a mandatory organization meeting, according to Napier.

Executive Treasurer Dustyn Hall motioned to impose a five percent sanction on The Rotunda’s budget for failing to pay its printing bills within the past fiscal year. Napier stated no funds were actually lost in this process. The motion was passed.

Executive Senator for Senator Relations Benjamin Brody announced students will soon be able to anonymously submit complaints to the SGA through a Google Forms page. This will input data into a spreadsheet for the SGA to review.

Other business that was brought up included Executive Historian Emily Moran announcement of more student organizations are being formed, and Executive Secretary Lucas Hobson congratulated the student body on raising money for disaster relief in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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