Student Health Services, body cams among other items discussed at SGA meeting

Nurse union rep speaks; grant request for police body cams; SGA elections around the corner

Published by Hayden Schultz, Date: April 4, 2024
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The future of Student Health Services (SHS) at SRU, a possible grant for body cameras, finances and the upcoming Student Government Association (SGA) elections were discussed in Monday’s meeting in the Smith Student Center Theater.

Student Health Services

Labor representative Anthony Lazzari of the Office and Professional Employees International Union spoke during the SGA meeting regarding the possible outsourcing of health resources at SRU.

As reported by The Rocket, the current SHS system is sourced in-house, but according to Lazzari, an evaluation on the “economic sustainability of the student health center” may cause SRU to outsource its healthcare system.

According to Lazzari, he and SRU nurses were declined from the committee to assess the current state of SHS which first met in October 2023.

Lazzari said he believes the sourcing for SHS should be a “tri-party decision.”

Lazzari invited SGA to an open forum meeting and said it will likely take place “in a couple months,” pending a request for proposal regarding the sourcing of SHS services.

More information on the SHS gathered by The Rocket is located here.

Body cameras

Director of Grants, Research and Sponsored Programs Casey Hyatt and Assistant Director of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging Keshia Booker are asking for a letter of support from SGA, according to President Ella Bloom.

They are seeking a grant from Senator Bob Casey sponsoring body cameras for university police.

Bloom, Residence Hall Senator Kelly Carbone and Parliamentarian Ezeck Warren said they supported the measure during debate.

Bloom said the deadline for a decision by SGA to show support for the grant is Friday.

Finances

A total of $43,290.73 was approved by SGA to cover costs of conference and travel grants for university clubs.

Vice President of Finance Sydney Rezzetano explained the budget may appear higher than usual since clubs cannot budget for nationals.

She also said the budget allows coverage of these events with a remainder of $12,000 for the semester.

“We are also almost done with the year so we will probably not have many more funding requests come in,” Rezzetano said.

SGA elections

Elections begin April 1 and the SGA elections candidate debate between those running for executive board positions is set for 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in SSC 323.

The next SGA meeting is April 8 at 5:00 p.m. in the SSC Ballroom.

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