B.P.R. 7-2017: The 60-Day Hearing Act Signature of Support Letter
On April 4th, 2017, B.P.R. 7-2017 (The 60-Day Hearing Act) was proposed to the Parliament of Temple University Student Government by At-Large Representative Olivia Farkas and approved by the Student Life Committee. After debate of feasibility, B.P.R. 7-2017 was tabeled to the following Parliament meeting on Monday, April 17th, 2017. To ensure this bill passes on April 17th, signatures of support are being requested. This issue is one of the most important issues facing men and women, especially within higher education, and we are calling on Temple University's student body to assist us in support to make a change to Temple University's campus and campuses across the nation.

The purpose of B.P.R. 7-2017 is to call on Temple Student Government to address the concerns of sexual assault cases through Temple Student Conduct. This bill puts the needs of sexual assault survivors first and holds Temple Administration accountable of bringing priority to sexual misconduct cases.

This resolution states the following points:

This body calls on Temple Student Conduct to make it mandatory to hear sexual assault cases within 60 days of being reported, recognizing that currently, the average wait time for sexual assault survivors to receive a student conduct hearing is 4-6 months.

This is to be contingent on the last time a survivor asks for a hearing to occur. The survivor may be allowed to rescind their request as well as bring the request for hearing to the Title IX Coordinator as many times as they feel comfortable.

This body calls on the Dean of Students, Dean Stephanie Ives, and Interim Associate Dean of Students, Carey Haddock, to hire two more student conduct administrators to assist in bringing this resolution to fruition.

This Parliament calls upon Temple Student Government Executives to move swiftly in accordance to Temple Student Conduct to fulfill this resolution and communicate our concerns and desires to have a 60-day hearing after sexual assault cases are reported to Temple University Administration as it is outlined in the Dear Colleague letter of 2011.

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