WHEREAS, the Richmond College Student Government Association has a solemn responsibility to serve as the advocate of the Men of Richmond College and the Students of the University of Richmond; AND

WHEREAS, the Richmond College Student Government Association believes collaboration among all stakeholders—faculty, administration, staff, and students—is essential to fostering trust among all individuals with a vested interest in the well-being of our University; AND

WHEREAS, the Richmond College Student Government Association recognizes that some stakeholders in our campus community are in strong opposition to the University’s recent decision to end the Division I Athletic Programs of Men’s Soccer and Men’s Track and Field[1],[2]; AND

WHEREAS, the Richmond College Student Government Association emphasizes its continued neutrality regarding the merits of this decision; AND

WHEREAS, the Richmond College Student Government Association recognizes that some of the information used to reach this decision is confidential because of its socioeconomic and highly personal nature.1,[3]

THEREBY BE IT RESOLVED, that the Richmond College Student Government Association stands in strong opposition to the total exclusion of students from the process used to reach this decision to eliminate two Division I sports programs at the University.

BE IT HEREBY FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Richmond College Student Government Association:

1.      Recommends the administration implement greater transparency in decisions to help students understand the rationale behind said decisions;

2.      Suggests that all administrative committees with a potential student impact have a student representative to advocate for students;

3.      Asks that the representatives of the student body (RCSGA and WCGA) be consulted before major university-wide decisions are taken;

4.      Requests the admission of the RCSGA and WCGA Presidents as student-trustees with full voting privileges at all Executive Committee Board of Trustees meetings.


[1] Moyer, Erin. "Richmond Community Unites in Effort to 'Save Our Sports'" The Collegian. University of RIchmond, 1 Oct. 2012. Web. 31 Oct. 2012. <http://thecollegianur.com/2012/10/01/richmond-community-unites-in-effort-to-save-our-sports/29107/>.

[2] Woody, Paul. "Trustee's Decision Leads to UR Feud." Richmond Times-Dispatch. Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2 Oct. 2012. Web. 31 Oct. 2012. <www2.timesdispatch.com/sports/sport/2012/oct/02/tdsport01-trustees-decision-leads-to-family-feud-a-ar-2250248/>.

[3] "Frequently Asked Questions on the Addition of Men's Lacrosse and Changes in the University of Richmond Athletic Program." Richmondspiders.com. University of Richmond, 9 Sept. 2012. Web. 31 Oct. 2012. <http://www.richmondspiders.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26800>.

3/22/2013 01:16:19


Everyone loves it when folks get together and share ideas. Great blog, stick with it!

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7/22/2013 00:13:08

Campus politics are obviously not unique to higher education, but it's often amplified on college campuses with so many constituencies lacking the attention and sources to serve their students and different departments.

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