SGA Unanimously Passes Resolution On Course Cancellations

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Emily Wolfrum and Carlos Villamayor

Student Government Association (SGA) unanimously passed its first resolution, addressing the recent course cancellations in Dyson School of Arts and Sciences, during its weekly senate meeting on Fri. Feb. 27.

 Resolution 001 was presented by the Academic Affairs Committee and addressed the abundance of course cancellations in Dyson this semester.

 “[T]he Student Government Association strongly condemns the consequences of these cancellations,”  Resolution 001 reads.

 It resolves that “a more preemptive system” be adopted by the university in such cases, and that its development of course minimums be reevaluated by Dyson College to make sure course cancellations do not affect students again.

 “[T]he criteria for cancellation appears arbitrary, and their effects on the adjunct faculty are unacceptable to the undergraduate body,” the resolution reads.

 This apparent arbitrariness influenced Psychology Club Senator Christina Miller, who voted in favor of the resolution.

 “I think the resolution is a spectacular thing, the people who wrote it did a lot of good solid work and created a change,” said Miller, a junior. “It addresses students’ concerns, but I feel like the school is just going to do whatever they want. They shouldn’t, but they seem to not always listen.”

 The resolution further describes the difficulties than many students have had as a result of these cancellations, including not being able to complete requirements for graduation and having to travel to the New York City campus to take cancelled classes.

 “The students are the customers at this university; we’re purchasing education, and many students feel that they’re being shortchanged,” SGA President and Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee John Wrench said.

 Resolution 001 has been sent to the “President and Provost of Pace University, as well as the Dean, Associate Deans, and Executive Assistants to the Dean within the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences,” as stated by the document.

 “The student body has voiced concern over any further courses being cut,” Wrench said. “The resolution is also a statement in defense of the adjunct faculty and their commitment to students. It’s a recognition that they’re affected first by these cuts although they may have a long and positive history with the university and it’s students.”