3 fall programs implemented by SGA

By Rachel Witbracht
Staff writer

The Student Government Association at the University of West Florida has plans to implement three important programs this fall: Inclusion Week, Academic Integrity Week and the Green Fee.

1. Inclusion Week (Sept. 25-29): Inclusion week is similar to diversity week, but focuses on issues like politics, religion and mental health.

There will be a forum held in the Commons Auditorium named Discussing the Undiscussable, which will be kind of like a safe space, where students can speak on these topics without judgement, according to Student Body Vice President Yasmin Hernandez.

Hernandez said she is excited for this new program and wants to let students know that SGA is there for them.

2. Academic Integrity Week (Oct. 1-6): Academic Integrity Week is a program that is not new to campus, but SGA is applying a fresh outlook to it this year. In the past, forums on plagiarism and other issues related to academic misconduct were in place, but SGA member Dylan Williams, who is an organizer of the event, said that there will be a social media challenge that gets student organizations involved.

The challenge will be held throughout the week and pushes students to reevaluate what academic integrity means to them.

3. Green Fee (Oct. 1): Every student at the university who pays tuition is subject to mandatory fees, which includes the “green fee.” The expense is 75 cents per credit hour per student. This fee accumulates into one fund and anyone on campus, including students and staff, may submit a proposal stating where they believe the money should be spent.

Eco-friendly and campus safety initiatives have been most popular; water fill stations and more blue lights were instituted with the green fee in the past. SGA and the Student Environmental Action Society review the applications and allocate the funds to the chosen ideas. Applications are due Oct. 1.

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