SGA responds to student survey results

Published by adviser, Author: Chris Gordon - Assistant News Editor, Date: December 1, 2015

Slippery Rock’s Student Government Association revealed the results of the 2015 student life survey Monday night and recommended changes around campus accordingly.

SGA Vice President of Student Affairs Jessica Johnson proposed the idea of a new Rock Audit system that would allow students to plan ahead for coming semesters. In turn, campus departments would be able to base course offerings off of the number of students who plan to take those classes.

To remedy parking issues around campus, Johnson proposed increasing the prices of parking passes, creating a tiered system of parking, in which higher priced passes wold allow students to park in more desirable spots, and eliminating parking passes for freshmen.

“Allowing freshmen to have cars is a big perk of our campus, but many campuses don’t allow this,” she said.

In terms of winter weather cleanup, Johnson said SGA would begin advertising that SRU’s maintenance department does not have the manpower to remove snow all throughout the day in hopes of lessening student complaints.

Other ideas Johnson proposed included moving the mail center to the Old Union, creating a new website with details of SRU’s clubs and organizations, offering degrees in American Sign Language and speech pathology and developing an online orientation session for transfer students and veterans.

About 500 students responded to the survey, she said.

Additionally, SGA approved a new club, the SRU Military Support Group.

“This is for students who are in some way connected to a service member and want to send them support,” a club representative said.

SGA also approved $2,350 in funds to provide for a fan bus to transfer students to the football quarterfinals game at Shepard University and approved a new shuttle contract for the Happy Bus system.

SRU President Cheryl J. Norton attended Monday’s meeting and congratulated SGA on their achievements this semester.

“I have never witnessed an SGA that has worked so hard and accomplished so much,” she said.

Monday’s meeting was the final SGA meeting of the fall 2015 semester. The next SGA meeting will be on January 25 at 8:45 p.m. in the Smith Student Center Theater.


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