Fergeson SGA

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Larissa Smith Fergeson informed the SGA about adding a new Longwood policy and ultimately wanted to see more research about the dissolving deferred recruitment. 

In this week’s Student Government Association (SGA) meeting, there was a continued discussion on potentially dissolving deferred recruitment by Fraternity and Sorority Life.

The full original proposal, which was presented at last week's meeting, was read aloud by Fraternity and Sorority Life Representative Jessica Savas and Webmaster Mason Patrick. Both Savas and Patrick presented the new revised version after making changes in last week's meeting. 

Changes to specific wording were made in addition to the names attributed to different testimonials given in the proposal, among other changes.

President Josh Darst started by saying he wanted to strike all testimonies excluding statements in support of the Tri Council or Gamma Rho Lambda, citing pertinence to the administration.

Treasurer Emily Moran asked to move the testimonials to a bottom section titled “data”. Moran said people would still be able to read them, and it would not make the document as long to read.

Emily Moran SGA

Treasurer Emily Moran wanted to move the testimonials section of the proposal to the bottom to give students the opportunity to read them if desired. 

The SGA approved the proposal.

Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Tim Pierson said a resolution does not automatically institute policy. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Larissa Smith Fergeson was in attendance and gave her perspective on university governance.

Assistant Director of Student Clubs and Organizations Gary Honickel said he would like to see a confirmed definition of “Greek” in the proposal, citing that there are 23 organizations that use Greek lettering, but there are also 21 other organizations on campus with new member processes. Honickel wanted to see all organizations have a similar new member process. 

Fergeson appreciated the time and research put in on the proposal but wanted to see further research and exploration.

“I am committed to continuing the conversation and working with you all and with faculty and with Dr. Pierson and President (W. Taylor) Reveley (IV) on thinking through this issue together,” said Fergeson.

After a vote to elaborate on what a “Greek” organization means in the proposal, the motion was passed.

SGA passed a motion to table the discussion until next week’s meeting after a long discussion. 

The next SGA meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 26 at 3:45 p.m. in the Wilson Chamber located in the Upchurch University Center.

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