Demand 9: Conduct Policies and Student Org Funding

via community letter, Nov. 11, 2015:

"Black student organizations are underfunded and over-policed. Forcing black organizations to collaborate with predominantly White organizations that are interested in surface level interactions and superficial celebrations of diversity is violent to the Black community at Emory University. Black student organizations are often told that their events are exclusive. These claims are unfounded because events are created specifically for Black students because they do not exist anywhere else on campus. Therefore, Black student organizations need more funding in order to help accomplish Emory University's mission to create a "community of care". Also, throughout Black organizations have been severely policed which has led to their expulsion from Emory University's campus for reasons that most organizations on campus are guilty of. We demand that there is a fair trial with a jury consisting of faculty, staff, and administrators of color, for each Black organization that may be suspended or expelled from campus. We also demand that there be a press release given to the entire Emory community (affiliates with emory.edu email addresses) after a Black organization is suspended or expelled from Emory University."

Shenelle Armstrong, Marlon Gibson, TJ Greer, Zachary Hermes, Sophen Joseph, Crystal McBrown, Faith Singleton, Julia Thompson*, Raj Tilwa, David Watkins, Alyssa Weinstein

*Social Justice Process Owner

Transparency in Conduct Process

_ Create short-term committee (consisting of Black students, Housing, OSFL, Conduct staff) to review gaps. (Summer 2016)

_ Update Conduct website to include user-friendly language and graphics that explain process. (Summer 2016)

_ Recruit and retain Black faculty/staff to serve on University Conduct Council. (Ongoing)

Create Alternative Funding Policies in SGA Addressing Ban on Funding of "Exclusive Events"

 Establish SGA task force to define "exclusivity" for University-wide monetary policies and make recommendations. (October 2016)

 Create committee to review funding process for closed-access events. (November 2016)

Create Equitable Financial Resource Opportunities for National Panhellenic Council Greek-Letter Organizations

_ Partner with Sorority and Fraternity Life (OSFL) to address equitable funding opportunities as compared to peer councils. (TBD)

Evaluate SGA Financial Support of Black Student Organizations

 Outline current process for impromptu financial requests. (October 2016)

_ Partner with ECL Financial Center to conduct financial review of 2015-2016 SGA allocations, expenses, and reconcilations of all student organizations. (December 2016)

_ Identify and create a transparent plan/procedure for requesting funding of closed access events. (May 2017)