Deadline hinders USG's attempt to collect many Greek life responses
The survey on whether social Greek life should be reinstated at Baruch College ended with over 400 results recorded from students.
The results showed that 63 percent of those surveyed supported ending the moratorium. This was on March 1.
Six weeks have passed since the question of social Greek life was brought up to the administration, but no answer has been produced. It is understandable that such a weighted decision requires ample amount of time and careful consideration, but it begs the question as to why the provost issued such a short deadline to collect the opinions of Baruch students.
The deadline stating that the Undergraduate Student Government would have to submit survey responses by March 1 was issued on Jan. 30. When USG became aware of this deadline, the members put in the time and effort and attempted to hear the voice of the Baruch student population.
They researched questions, visited multiple channels to make the survey unbiased and even created a fact sheet in order to produce an informed decision on the topic. It took them two and a half weeks to make a legitimate, unbiased survey.
After asking for an extension so USG could properly gauge the opinions of the students, the administration denied the request. With less than two weeks to survey the student body, USG tabled on the second-floor lobby of the Newman Vertical Campus, promoted the survey by utilizing social media such as Instagram and physically went around campus to ask students how they felt about bringing social Greek life back.
However, USG members were unable to have access to some of the resources that they normally would have been allowed to use. They tried booking tables and getting legal representatives to ensure what they were doing with the survey and fact sheet would not result in illegal consequences. However, they received no responses in return.
Although it is frustrating that USG’s emails were ignored and there was a heavy amount of miscommunication, it is even more frustrating that the the voice of the students is not being heard.
The administration made up its mind when it gave USG a limited time period to survey the students. There was a discussion behind closed doors when the moratorium was first issued.
That was four years ago. The conversation has changed since then. The dialogue should not be about whether social fraternities deserves a place on the Baruch campus; it should be about what steps would be taken to ensure that another tragedy like the one in 2013 does not happen again.
Despite the fact that the survey period is over, the student government has remained persistent. USG has instituted a resolution stating that the moratorium is unconstitutional and members are currently looking for solutions where people on both sides of the issue would feel safe being on campus.
All that students can do now is look toward the future and ensure that USG and the students continue the fight and continue to voice their opinions on campus.
Arvis Chen is the Chair of Clubs and Organizations within the Undergraduate Student Government. His opinion does not reflect the opinion of USG as a whole.