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Default Deadline Textbook Policy Dropped

by Emmeline Elliott

Issue date: 9/28/06 Section: Campus News

Several important items came up during yesterday's Minnesota State Student Association meeting.

In her coordinator report, Academic Affairs Committee member Kristeen Giese said the textbook policy proposal brought before the student senate at the Sept. 13 meeting was withdrawn.

The unendorsed textbook policy, presented by Facilities Services Director David Cowan and Barnes & Noble Bookstore manager Molly Yunkers, was to install a default deadline that would allow departments to place textbook orders for 100-level classes that have a reasonable enrollment projection but have no books ordered yet. The MSSA voted to have the Academic Affairs Committee review the policy before deciding to support it.

Cowan said the policy was a 5 1/2-month-old draft that had still not found sponsorship. He said he thought it would be best to withdraw the policy and have more dialogue.

"This issue isn't going to go away," Cowan said.

Giese said she had talked about the default deadline textbook policy with Vice President of Academic Affairs Scott Olson, who said the policy had yet to go through the proper committees to be approved as a proposal. Cowan said he didn't feel it was appropriate to send the policy to the proper committees without sponsorship.

"The policy itself was not really the point of contention," MSSA President Gabe Afolayan said, but rather it was the protocol for the policy to have a chance for review.

Giese said the Academic Affairs Committee members had casually talked with students about the issue and found there was a lot of confusion about what makes up the costs of textbooks. She said the committee members feel more conversation is needed before making a motion about textbooks.

In his report, Afolayan said he had met with Women's Center Director Deirdre Rosenfeld to discuss student confidentiality and accessibility to the Sexual Violence Education Coordinator, a position that just received funding last year to become full-time and permanent. The position is to work for the prevention and intervention of sexual violence and counseling victims.