During the fall 2014 semester, it became apparent to many in the student body that the Syracuse University administration has made a series of closed-door decisions that were neither accurately nor fairly communicated to the campus community, and were executed without respect or regard for the will of governing bodies such as the University Senate or the Student Association. For full grievances, needs, and solutions document, click here.
The lack of transparency could be seen in:
– The closure of the Advocacy Center, formerly the Rape Center, a resource for survivors of sexual assault and a community of individuals fighting domestic and sexual violence.
– The decision to not divest from fossil fuels (divestment was passed by overwhelming majorities in the SA and US).
– The defunding of the POSSE program, a scholarship program for inner-city youth leaders.
– The lack of diverse student representation in FastForward and in other administrative decisions in general.
– The rejection of the University Senate’s proposed tenure and promotion policy in May 2014.
The student body also recognizes that issues of privilege and discrimination are pervasive on campus, yet unrecognized by the SU administration. Ultimately, students with marginalized identities feel unsafe and unsupported at SU. The student body recognizes that these are not personal problems to be borne by the individual, but structural problems which the administration has a responsibility to address in order to ensure the the safest campus possible. This lack of support for diversity can be seen in:
– Violent and derogatory language that is normalized within and beyond the classroom.
– That no senior administrator has gone through the CARE or SPSS diversity trainings
– That many faculty are the perpetrators of microaggressions and macroaggressions, and that those with tenure can not be compelled to complete any sort of training.
– The lack of a Yes Means Yes policy.
– That the SU Title IX Coordinator has not gone through extensive enough sexual assault advocacy training.
– The lack of accessible services and facilities for students with disabilities.
– The lack of accessible gender-neutral bathrooms on campus.
– The disconnect between students and DPS.
– The vast limitations of current mental health support systems.
– That the depth and urgency of these issues are misunderstood by the senior administration.
For most recent negotiation document between THE General Body and the administration, click here.