Student Bereavement Policy passes in SGA House


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Tony Voisin (left) speaks to the SGA Senate on Mon. Oct. 19 in the Lake Superior Room of the Bovee University Center | Jordyn Hermani

A student bereavement policy was passed in the Senate but not in the House last Monday was amended and passed in tonight's Student Government Association Meeting.

Within the policy, a friendly amendment was made to change the word "abused" to "exploited." The overall language of the bill was not changed and an overwhelming vote in favor of the bill ensured it was passed within the House.

Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Tony Voisin defined the policy as a type of “extended leave” for students .

“In this case when you have someone who as passed away and you need to be home with your family, you may have to go out of state if you are from out of state yourself or have relatives that live out of state,” Voisin said at SGA's Oct. 19 meeting. "That would involve a two, three, four day absence from CMU and we don't want you to be penalized from having to miss work, classwork, tests, speeches, papers or exams. That's what the Student Bereavement Policy takes into account."

He said the policy is “close to being finished."

“These things are going to unfortunately happen to all of us at some time (in our lives),” Voisin said. “When it happens to students, we don't want a semester's worth of work to go down the drain because you had to be gone the week of finals.”

The next SGA meeting will be held on the third floor of the Bovee University Center. It is free and open to all Central Michigan University students.

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