ASWSU: Senate approves bill to increase Southside safety

Card swipes to get into buildings, bathrooms are safety options

BRANDON WILLMAN, Evergreen reporter

Due to concerns about the incoming inclement weather and the University of Idaho holding a candlelight vigil at the time of the meeting, ASWSU had an abbreviated meeting Wednesday.

All-Campus Senator Emma Wineinger authored Bill 52-15, which was discussed during the meeting.

“Basically, this bill talks about [how] all campus senators will use one out-of-office hour every month to attend an RSO [registered student organization] meeting,” she said.

The bill would help with creating stronger relationships and help with the senate supporting RSOs across campus.

The bill was unanimously approved by the senate board. The discussion concerned whether the bill will start this upcoming semester or next academic year.

Resolution 52-02, authored by Gabrielle Lund, called for resolution 50-05 to be enacted.

The bill is meant to increase student dormitory safety for Southside residence halls. The safety measures that exist in other dormitories that are not on the south side of campus include accessibility to buildings and rooms through fewer Cougar Card swipes. Additionally, elevators are openly accessible, and doors are locked by keys.

“ASWSU Senate will work with Housing and Residence Life Department to increase security measures in Orton, Stephenson and Rogers to ensure consistent, adequate and fair residence hall safety standards,” the bill said.

ASWSU senate recommends that the Residence Hall Association creates a plan to use card swipes to get into the buildings, use elevators and get into individuals’ rooms and bathrooms.

Resolution 50-02 was unanimously approved by senate members.

The 52nd senate moved to sponsor the resolution to show the importance of a change being made in dorm safety.