UPUA supports continued work to improve investigations into sexual misconduct

The 16th Assembly of the University Park Undergraduate Association convened on Wednesday evening for another regular meeting.

The assembly began with two special presentations. The first was from Blake Bergey, a representative of Fuel Rods. The second was from Carlos Wiley, director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center.

UPUA President Erin Boas and Vice President Najee Rodriguez greeted the group, provided individual reports and launched into new business.

New business

First, Boas swore in two new representatives. College of Earth and Mineral Sciences representative Matthew Roy and Performing Arts Council representative Trinity Jackson accepted the terms of the roles and began their terms on Wednesday evening.

The assembly then proceeded to the election of the president of government affairs. Three candidates gave speeches and answered questions from sitting members.

At-Large representative Nora O’Toole was later elected to the post after several members of the assembly spoke on her behalf during the discussion.

The only legislation on the agenda was Resolution 19-16, which was presented by the chair of the Schreyer Gender Equity Coalition, Sonika Kohli. Kohli asked the UPUA to participate in the Association of American University’s campus climate survey to advance the conversation about sexual assault and misconduct.

In addition, the resolution calls on the UPUA to recognize and stress the importance of the results of these surveys in collaboration with the Gender Equity Coalition. Kohli’s resolution also called on the UPUA to task the Public Relations Department with disseminating the information to all relevant platforms.

Last month, the Gender Equity Coalition published a critical report who found problems with Penn State 2018 Sexual Misconduct Survey. The group hopes to improve future investigations, as well as the university’s handling of sexual misconduct, in the future.

Resolution # 19-16 was adopted unanimously.

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