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Provost Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr. addresses yesterday's SACUA meeting.
Di ferences remain in
SACUA, provost feud

By Cathy Boguslaski
The Senate Advisory Committee
on University Affairs (SACUA) and
Provost Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr. took
e first step toward reopening lines
of communication during a dialogue
in SACUA's Monday meeting.
Earlier this month, SACUA had
accused the provost of interfering in
an ongoing faculty grievance because
of a letter he wrote in February.
In the letter, Whitaker stated that
he knew of no evidence to suggest
thatPharmacologyProf. WilliamPratt
s a racist. Pratt had been named in
wo grievances, one formal and one
informal, which were still active at
the time of the letter.
SACUA had asked the provost to
retract his letter and apologize to the
parties involved. At the Senate As-
sembly meeting last week, the pro-
vost refused to do so.
SACUA defines the issue as one
regarding the grievance process it-
If. "The only thing (SACUA) has
'discussed is the question of the griev-
ance process," said SACUA member
Tom Dunn.
Whitaker said, "As long as there
are differences in opinion in the out-
comes (of grievances) there will be
disagreements over procedures," he
said. "If you don't like the outcome,
the tendency is to blame the process."
The provost also said in the meet-
g that he believed the purpose of
SACUA's action was "only to attack
me, not the grievance process.
"There are a lot of big challenges
(for SACUA) that are important and a
lot less personality-laden," Whitaker

'As long as there are
differences in opinion
in the outcome (of
grievances) there will
be disagreements over
- Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr.
University provost
He suggested the "widespread
belief that faculty do not work very
hard and the widespread belief that
undergraduate education is suffering"
as examples, along with a few other
"I would hope that at some point
(SACUA's) attention would turn to
those issues," he said.
Dunn said many of the issues that
Whitaker named were items on the
SACUA agenda.
SACUA and the provost then
moved on to a discussion of several
other topics, including the prelimi-
nary report by the Committee for a
MulticulturalUniversity, andPresident
James J. Duderstadt's Agenda for
SACUA Chair Jean Loup said the
meeting was "a first step toward re-
establishing some level of comfort
and communication" between the pro-
vost and SACUA. "(SACUA) will
continue to take steps to re-establish
communication. It's going to be slow,
but we will try to make it steady."

By Julie Chang officers also have the final word in security ... they have the final w
DAILY STAFF REPORTER deciding when sanctions are neces- without even consulting the part
This summer the University's so- sary and do not need to consult the Jackson said.
cial events policy is under revision, group when enforcing decisions. Like Neenan. other students s
affecting many student groups that Sanctions range from damage as- the policy being drafted is targeti
use the Michigan Union - particu- sessments to the temporary loss of minority groups that regularly h
larly minority groups. facility privileges. As stated in the social events in the Michigan Uni
Spearheaded by the office of the last draft, students may appeal im- unlike other groups that own fac
Dean of Students, the revision posed sanctions to the appeals board, ties like fraternity houses.
committee's main goal is to make composed of a Michigan Student As- "Its unfortunate for any minor
student social events easier to plan sembly representative, an adminis- groupsspecifically Black groups:
and schedule, and to lessen questions trator appointed by the Dean of Stu- cause that's where we hold our eve
over policy violations by making the dents, and a member appointed by the It's not hurting anybody but the
policy more clear and comprehen- Campus Safety Committee. nority groups," said LSA jun
sive. "The intent (of the revision) is to Many seem skeptical of the goals Kristina Biggs.
clear it up and make it more user- of the new draft. MSA Vice President Jacob St
friendly for students to use in the "Policies like this are exclusion- expressed concern over the amoun
fall," said Frank Cianciola, associate ary ... it's not applied to non-student student input going into the revisio
dean of students. groups, it's for student groups, spe- "They could have started (re
The main concern in this draft is cifically the (Black Greek Associa- sions) in January when more stud
the attendance and authority vested to tion)," said MSA President Julie representatives were available for
the Department of Public Safety. Neenan. put," Stern said.
According to the latest draft, DPS Black Greek Association Presi- But Cianciola said many stude
officers have the authority to remove dent Ron Jackson said he agrees that are working on the policy thatcan
patrons and close parties for viola- the policy will have a large impact on in more quality inputbecause offev
tions like loitering in the halls. DPS BGA. "Sanctions are determined by classes and other distractions.
Alcohol policy planned for fall term
By Beth Harris dents to obey, Wagner said. The new cies, if Itlive clean by the code, I w
FOR THE DAILY policy, however, discusses options to know that I won't be violating
Amid protest from many students for how to get help, alcohol policy," Keenan said.
and campus organizations, the Uni- "Thispolicy talks moreabouthow Other students expressed cone
versity is moving ahead with the pro- to get help rather than the conse- for the policy as well.
posed Student Policy on Alcohol and quences. That's the piece that was "The policy seems pointless
Other Drugs. missing," Wagner said. cause it's something the Unive
Vice President for Student Affairs Campus groups and organizations has to do to carry the image that tI
Maureen A. Hartford is charged with are also coveredby the policy, includ- care about substance use, when it
the decision if the policy, drafted by ing sororities and fraternities. ally doesn't relate to the studen
an 18-member panel of students and Steve Townshend, vice president saidLSAseniorDanHaberman. "I
staff, will be adopted. of judicial affairs for IFC and a Beta a nice p.r. move."
If approved, the policy will prob- Theta Pi fraternity member, said he Wagner said that the commit
ably be in effect by the beginning of supports the University's attempts at spoke with between 2,000 and 3,
fall term, said Polk Wagner, who making students aware of the prob- students for feedback. Also, 110
served on the policy drafting commit- lems with substance abuse. dent groups were contacted for op
tee and now works for the Dean of "The IFC will do anything to sup- ions and assistance in drafting1
Students Office in policy develop- port the University regarding educa- policy.
ment. Wagner was president of the tion, prevention and awareness of the
Interfraternity Council (IFC) last fall. use of alcohol and other drugs,"
Wagner said the policy contains Townshend said.
suggestions regarding acceptable be- Important to the understanding of
havior and recommendations for the policy, Wagner said, is that it is
eliminating the use of alcohol and not aimed toward specific groups, but Ej
other drugs. However, he said it is not rather the entire University.
intended to impose restrictions on Despite its intended goals, the
University students. policy is not without opposition.
"Students shouldn't be scared by Vince Keenan, chair of the Stu- London $279*
the policy. As long as you are safe, dentRightsCommissionoftheMichi-
legal and responsible, you will not be gan Student Assembly, expressed Paris $31 *
affected by the policy," Wagner said. concern that the policy wasn'tneeded. Frankfurt $325*
"The policy gives students many "How iany policies do we need Madrid $315*
avenues to get help. It outlines what to fulfill the federal mandate? The
the University can do for them and Statement of Student Rights and Re- Rome $349*
deals with specific issuesofsubstance sponsibilities, according to the Uni- A
abuse and how we'll deal with it on versity, was intended to include all R G I5st. a e t ad~ad5'
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this campus," Wagner continued. University policies.... It's fine then desnat oas
In 1989, the Department of Edu- to have another policy, as long as you C u c T a
cation mandated that all federally don't punish someone more than the 1220s unvens tyDr
funded universities have an alcohol code," Keenan said. Suit8
policy. The University drafted apolicy Keenan said that the language in
in response to this mandate. the studentcode should be made clear 313-99 0 200
The 1989 draft was merely a blan- enough that students understand what Call For A Free
ket policy regarding suhstance use on rules to follow.n'tudrniTrhedsat50poni
campus and only listed rules for stu- "I don't care if they draft 50 poli-

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