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Monday, May 10, 2010
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'U' student
code amended

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Coleman approves
changes to code with
minor alterations
By KYLE SWANSON
Daily News Editor
After receiving approval from Uni-
versity President Mary Sue Coleman,
several changes to the leading gov-
erning document for students will be
put into effect in July.
In a letter to Charles Koopmann,
chair of the Student Relations Advi-
sory Committee, Coleman wrote she
would accept all of the six proposed
amendments to the Statement of Stu-
dent Rights and Responsibilities.
However, Coleman noted two
changes she wanted to make to the
amendments
before they are
put into effect
later this sum-
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"I am pleased-
to report that I
support all of the KYLE SWANSON
Student Rela-
tions Advisory
Committee's
recommenda-
tions, with two important modifica-
tions," Coleman wrote in the letter.
The first modification Coleman
made will changethe word "interven-
tion" to "sanction," which appears
throughout the third amendment to
the Statement of Student Rights and
Responsibilities.
Coleman wrote in the letter that
she wanted the change to be made
because it undermined the Univer-
sity's legal obligations.
"The Office of General Counsel
advised that the component of this
proposal that replaces the term
'sanction' with 'intervention' unin-
tentionally undermines the Univer-
sity's significant legal obligations to
hold students accountable for seri-
ous misconduct proscribed by fed-
eral and state civil rights laws and
higher education laws," Coleman
wrote.
Additionally, Coleman wrote that
she believed law enforcement offi-
cers would better understand the
word "sanction."
"Furthermore, as investigative
agencies are familiar with terms
such as 'sanctions' rather than

'interventions,' it is to the Univer-
sity's benefit to have formal policies
align with the expectations of regu-
latory authorities when possible,"
she wrote.
The rest of the third amendment,
which is meant to bring the language
of the student code in line with the
University's educational mission,
was approved without changes.
Coleman also accepted a modi-
fied version of the fourth proposed
amendment to the student code,
which is meant to include an adapt-
able conflict resolution option for
students in certain situations.
The proposed amendment listed
two examples for when adaptable
conflict resolution might be used -
in roommate disputes or drug- and
alcohol-related violations. But Cole-
man removed the two examples,
saying it would tie the University's
hands to list the two specific situa-
tions.
"The Office of General Counsel
advised that the sentence 'These
(adaptable conflict resolution) path-
ways may be available for a wide vari-
ety of conflicts, including roommate
disputes and/or incidents related to
alcohol or drug use' codifies OSCR's
process and commits the University
to a particular approach by listing
examples of how adaptable conflict
resolution is currently being used,"
Coleman wrote.
However, Coleman supported the
rest of the amendment, which means
more general language about the
possibility of adaptable conflict reso-
lution will be added to the revised
student code.
Four other amendments were
approved by Coleman without any
modifications, including an amend-
ment to the student code amendment
process and an amendment to make
the student code document gender
neutral.
Neither amendment makes policy
changes to the document; rather, they
make language changes so the docu-
ment is more inclusive and clearer on
the current process in place.
The other two amendments will
make intimate partner violence a
violation of the student code and will
bring the student code's nondiscrim-
ination policy in line with the Board
of Regents' policy.
The changes, which will go into
effect July 1, are expected to be
announced to University students
when they return to campus in the fall.

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University researchers
develop novel approach
to extract oil from
microalgae
By ESHWAR
THIRUNAVUKKARASU
ManagingNews Editor
With about 210,000 gallons of oil
spilling into the Gulf of Mexico each
day, the recent explosion of a British
Petroleum oil rig off the coast of Loui-
siana has stymied discussion of off-
shore drilling and has reinvigorated
interest in alternative fuel sources.
Amidst mounting pressure to devel-
op affordable biofuels and reduce
dependence on foreign oil, University
researchers have recently developed
a hydrothermal process that extracts
crude oil from microalgae rather than
the ground.
Phillip Savage, professor of chemi-
cal engineering and lead investigator
for the project, said he and his team of

researchers sought to create a viable
fuel product for widespread use.
"The idea was to make a liquid fuel
compatible with the existing infra-
structure that is in place for transpor-
tationoffuel, the distribution network
and also use within existing engine
technology," he said.
According to Savage, the oil extrac-
tion process relies on a combination of
hydrothermal, chemical and biologi-
cal processing that takes advantage
of microalgae - simple microscopic
plants that lack leaves and roots - in
its natural wet state.
"My laboratory, over the years, has
done a lot of work on chemistry in
water at high temperatures and pres-
sures," he said. "So it occurred to us
that the research we've been doing
and the expertise we have on hydro-
thermal chemistry could be applied
here, becausethe algaegrow in water."
Savage continued, stating thatpres-
sure-cooking algae mimics the natu-
ral formation of petroleum from the
decay of ancient marine organisms,
which are subjected to extensive heat
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