Deceased faculty will now be honored similarly to how students
are remembered, according to legislation passed by the Associated
Students of CSU Senate Wednesday night.
One bill was passed that will lower all university flags on
campus to half-mast for three days when a current member of the
faculty or staff dies.
The university already has a policy that lowers university flags
for students who die while attending CSU. The flag is then sent to
the student’s family.
In the case of the faculty, a letter will be sent instead of the
The bill passed unanimously.
ASCSU also passed a bill that asks faculty members to turn in
book orders by the University Bookstore’s deadline.
When textbook orders are received on time, the bookstore can pay
more money to students who sell used textbooks that will be used
the next semester. These used books are then sold at a cheaper
price to students taking an instructor’s class the following
If the textbook orders are not received, the bookstore cannot
buy used books at the same price as when it knows the books will be
used the next semester.
The bill passed with a vote of 24 to 0 with one abstention.
A resolution was also passed that supports the use of a variety
of classroom teaching aids.
The legislation states that the use of only one method of
teaching might hinder the learning process for some students who
find other teaching aids more effective.
“There were some concerns (at the last meeting) that we were
attacking the methods some professors use,” said Kyle McCarthy, an
associate senator for the College of Liberal Arts.
McCarthy stressed that the resolution was written to encourage
more teaching methods in addition to those faculty members
“The purpose of this legislation is to (encourage professors to)
actively engage with their students,” said Jon Muller, an associate
senator for the College of Liberal Arts.
Originally, the resolution specifically pointed to PowerPoint
presentations as an effective but overused tool. This example was
“(Faculty) could see PowerPoint as being singled out, which
would discourage them from integrating it in the future,” said Rob
Lee, a senator for the College of Liberal Arts.
There was some debate concerning whether the bill was necessary
“If we’re asking them to change the way that they’re teaching,
the teachers who will pay attention to this legislation will be the
ones who are already trying to interact with students,” said Britta
Schroeder, a senator for the College of Natural Resources. “The
students should address their teachers. It’s so variable; it’s hard
to address this.”
Despite this, the bill was passed without referring to
PowerPoint with a vote of 13 to one with nine abstentions.
* The senate also changed this year’s current election
A clause that Huitt said was deleted due to a clerical error
last year was added to this year’s rules. The clause requires that
any discount on a product that is given to a candidate must be
reported at its full price.
* Also, a resolution was introduced that discourages a “hostile
learning environment.” Lee said this pertains to religious and
political beliefs. The resolution was committed to the
* Legislation that would voice support for a student-produced
magazine was also introduced. The
resolution was committed to the Media Relations Committee.
* A bill was also introduced that would create job descriptions
for all positions in ASCSU. The bill was
committed to the Empowerment Committee.