USG Discusses Commencement and Resources for Pregnant Students

Vice President of Gabelli Dean’s Council Reilly Keane, GSB ’21, brought to the attention of the senate that many seniors have been upset by the announcement, as parents are not allowed to attend graduation ceremonies but can attend on campus tours. 

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Shannon Huurman, Contributing Writer

On Thursday April 1, Fordham United Student Government (USG) discussed Fordham University’s recent announcement that on-campus tours have resumed. 

Vice President of Gabelli Dean’s Council Reilly Keane, GSB ’21, brought to the attention of the senate that many seniors have been upset by the announcement, as parents are not allowed to attend graduation ceremonies but can attend on campus tours. 

She also mentioned that schools of similar sizes to Fordham are doing a limited in-person graduation with parents allowed, something she would like the administration to consider.

Senator Kathleen Keane, GSB ’21, suggested a survey to get more information on what seniors want for commencement to determine if enough students are on board to present the idea of an in-person graduation with parents to administration.

Senator Jonathan Eng, FCRH ’23, mentioned that the on-campus tours are not standard tours and that the university has not lifted all COVID-19 restrictions for these events. Only students who have already been admitted to the university will be allowed to visit this semester and will only be permitted to walk through one building, said Eng. Otherwise, they will view campus primarily from Edward’s Parade. 

Two new clubs were presented to the Senate. The Fitness Club and the Gift of Life Marrow Registry Club have both passed and will take further actions to become official clubs. 

Vice President of Health and Security Lindsey Sullivan, FCRH ’22, and Senator Jillian Choy, FCRH ’24, presented their Pregnancy Policy Proposal to the Senate. Currently, the Reslife handbook has no mention of pregnant students or students who become pregnant.  This proposal  aims to ensure pregnant students are not discriminated against. 

The proposal will also include resources for pregnant students and demands a language of support be added to the residential life policy as well as Fordham’s website. 

The proposal also states pregnant students can continue to reside in their residential halls or be relocated if more space is necessary. If pregnant students choose to live off campus, this proposal will protect their scholarships and financial aid despite the change in residency status. 

This proposal passed in the Senate and will take the next steps with administration. Conversations with Dean Rogers have already taken place. 

President Quartell ended the meeting by stating that there is a focus on the  importance of getting  the entire Fordham community vaccinated. Although there is not much information outside of what students have already received, students will continue to be updated via email and through USG.