SGA passes resolutions that crack down on grading standards, campus maintenance

At the April 11 meeting, SGA passed a resolution written by Senator at Large Jared Marshall that recommends the university mandate that “all assignments for courses in… CAS and SBS shall be graded and returned to students in person and on Blackboard before the deadline for the Early Alert Project if the due date is before then, and all assignments with due dates after the Early Alert Project must be submitted before the deadline for professors to submit final grades to the Registrar for that semester,” according to the resolution. It also states that faculty should list all grades for the semester “on Blackboard using a letter grade with a numerical value in parentheses in conjunction with the university’s suggested grading scale.”

SGA also passed a resolution written by Senators Luis Catalan, Amanda Hare, Youssef Hassan, Kostas Loukos and Abhy Patel that recommends the university hold ABM Industries, which maintains campus facilities, accountable for repairing elevators and fulfilling work orders in a timely manner. The resolution states this is not currently happening and it encourages the university to strictly enforce the contract it has with ABM Industries, mandate ABM to perform routine elevator checks once a monthpreferably during low traffic time periods and “create and maintain an effective line of communication between university employees and ABM Industries.”

At the April 4 meeting, Commuter Senator at Large Lukas Phipps shared a concern that Suffolk University has not made an official statement about Massachusetts passing a ban on conversion therapy for minors. Phipps asked that the members of SGA who agreed with the new bill stand up in order to give an unofficial statement about the bill on behalf of Suffolk.

Every senator stood.