UD Student Advocates Discuss Campus Policies At Panel

Emma Kapp
Staff Writer

University of Dayton administrators and members of a new student organization gathered Tuesday at Sears Recital Hall to discuss freedom of speech and due process on UD’s campus.

The University of Dayton Student Advocates were founded last semester and aim to support students as they go through the conduct process and to advocate for policies that maintain the values of freedom of expression and due process.

“We want to be there to answer questions about the system, help students organize their thoughts, and to aid in reaching the best outcomes for everyone involved,” said junior Neil Burger, president of UD Student Advocates.
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Administrators on panel included Bill Fisher, vice president for student development, Debra Monk, associate dean of students and director of community standards and civility, and Amy Zavadil, Title IX coordinator and equity compliance officer. Also in attendance was a representative from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

The panel began by talking about the ways free speech and the university’s Marianist values are intertwined. The conversation then turned to current university conduct policies and ways they can be improved and clarified.
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Panelists had a wide variety of viewpoints about current policies, but recognizing the differences and discussing them made the event a success, according to Burger.

There are many areas and topics that I wish we could have discussed, but we only have so much time, but that just means there is room for more great panels in the future,” he said.

Photos Taken by Joe Meyer, Courtesy of Neil Burger