The Undergraduate Senate looked ahead to fall semester and passed multiple items of legislation at its first full meeting of the summer Tuesday, including a resolution in support of the Campus Y’s statement regarding a controversial Interfraternity Council event.
Student Body President Reeves Moseley updated the Senate about meetings he has had with Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and other University staff about precautions for returning to campus in the fall and questions and concerns students have about reopening campus.
Moseley also spoke about plans for voter registration efforts in the fall and a cross-collaboration mental health initiative with Duke University and N.C. State University.
Speaker of the Undergraduate Senate Keshav Javvadi encouraged senators to use the summer and period of isolation during the pandemic to interact with their constituents.
“I challenge you to engage with your constituents and get a better sense of what they want,” he said. “At the end of the day, that’s why we’re here.”
Campus Y IFC Statement
In a 13-0 vote with one abstention, the Senate voted to adopt a resolution in support of the Campus Y’s statement regarding an Interfraternity Council event in February at which keynote speaker David Hagan made statements that student leaders have criticized as offensive and misogynistic.
“This issue has been met with a lot of complacency from the IFC and its respective fraternities regarding this event,” said joint governance council member-at-large Collyn Smith, who introduced the resolution. “We have a responsibility as Senate to address this and show where we stand on this.”
The resolution establishes that the Senate stands in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence and condemns Hagan’s language and actions, as well as the complacency of the IFC.