SA introduces Respect Act

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A panel presented TED-talk style speeches on of free speech in the media followed by a discussion. FILE PHOTO / THE FLAT HAT

Several Student Assembly senators introduced the Respect Act in response to the recent recognition of rape culture on the College’s campus in the senate meeting Tuesday. The resolution dictates that the SA will be involved with initiatives that aim to prevent the continuance of sexual aggression at the College.

“Our goal in this is to remind ourselves that we are the voices of the students, so we are within the resolution distancing ourselves a little bit from the administration and are coming right to the chase,” Sen. Shannon Caietti ’17 said. “I know a lot of students on campus, especially at the town hall, were saying in light of recent events people have done a lot of tiptoeing around the issue and in this resolution we didn’t really want to do that.”

Although some senators wished to move the bill from new business to old business in order to hold a vote, the bill was kept in old business, as the senate, overall, found the issue not to be time sensitive. The resolution will be reviewed in the policy and executive committees this coming Sunday.

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