SA Senate demands mandatory Title IX training for student organization leaders

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SA Sen. Amy Martin, ESIA-U, sponsored a bill Monday calling on the Center for Student Engagement to offer Title IX training as an Excellence in Leadership seminar.

The Student Association Senate unanimously approved a resolution Monday urging the Center for Student Engagement to require all student organization leaders to undergo Title IX training.

The resolution calls on the CSE to include the training as one of five mandatory Excellence in Leadership seminars, which student groups are required to attend to register as a student organization each year. The training could include sexual assault prevention, risk management, bystander intervention or consent, according to the resolution.

SA Sen. Amy Martin, ESIA-U and a sponsor of the resolution, said the proposed requirement would prevent student organizations from registering with the CSE if leaders of the groups did not complete the training.

“We need to work to improve campus education,” Martin said. “The policy itself is really important, but also the amount of dialogue we are having on campus goes a long way toward reporting culture and the reduction of incidents.”

The senate also passed three procedural bills updating the organization’s governing documents at Monday’s meeting.

One of the bills delays the use of ranked-choice voting during SA elections. The SA had intended to use the new voting system this year, but SA President Ashley Le announced at a meeting earlier this month that the group did not yet have access to the technology needed to implement the ranked-choice method.

The winners of this year’s election, which will be held next week, will be decided by a majority vote, sponsors of the bill said.

Two additional bills update the group’s Level 500 and 600 bylaws to correct spelling and grammatical mistakes and include gender-neutral pronouns. Level 500 bylaws were also updated to reallocate the responsibilities of the senate secretary, like making copies of legislation and minutes, to the senate chief of staff.

The changes are part of a series of bylaw updates taking place throughout the academic year to clarify language in the organization’s governing rules.

Also on Monday, the senate approved an $8,114 co-sponsorship for Tamid at GW and Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, to attend a career trek in New York this semester.

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