The Students for a Sensible Drug Policy presented two separate resolutions to the Student Government Association senate, calling for enactment of a “fair student disciplinary system” and a “de-emphasized” punishment for students caught using drugs on campus.
The resolutions, presented on March 10, received mixed results. The bill to enact a fair disciplinary system through supplying accused students with more legal comforts was tabled for the next senate meeting.
SGA Executive Vice President Diana DiNapoli said Associate Dean of Civic Involvement Joe Mulligan presented errors with the resolution that pushed them to table it.
“It’s whatever the students want, and as long as their facts are straight, we can move forward with it,” DiNapoli said.
Mulligan said there was inaccurate information in the resolution that was never brought to the attention of himself or people involved in other substance education programs at Rowan.
“They need to be fully researched because there’s no simple perspective with the processes of discipline,” Mulligan said. “There’s many things to be taken into consideration and factored.”
Mulligan added that SSDP’s requests, such as for open hearings and adjustments to hearing board committees in the circumstance of substance punishment, cannot be met because the student disciplinary system does not mirror a judiciary system.
“Our process is the average administration’s discipline process at a university, while the justice system has different goals and values,” Mulligan said. “I wouldn’t say I would agree with the premise of [the resolution], and my concern is with what research was done to substantiate their facts.”
SSDP event coordinator Samantha Powell said the general concern over the resolution is being taken into consideration.
“There was a lot of miscommunication and clarity issues with our resolution that we are working to fix,” Powell said. “We have already spoken to Joe Mulligan about meeting with him so we can discuss these issues.”
The other presented resolution, looking to implement substance education programs instead of a focus on punishment for accused students, received more welcome.
“We feel that students should be informed about the dangers of drugs and the real risk of addiction,” Powell said. “Additionally, we believe punishments do not benefit the students who have drug problems or who need help.”
The resolution was passed by senate, and SSDP will look to present more as time passes, Powell said.
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