A new taskforce aims to offer support instead of punishment in order to uphold UAB’s non-smoking campus policy, which has been under fire recently due to its perceived failure to be enforced.
In 2015, UAB updated its non-smoking policy to prohibit use of tobacco and smoking-related products, including vaping, within all buildings, facilities, vehicles and spaces that are owned, rented, leased or otherwise controlled by the university, according to official UAB policy. The policy appointed the vice president for Financial Affairs and Administration, Allen Bolton, as the party responsible for procedures to implement this policy, including to visitors. Provost Linda Lucas, Ph.D., is responsible for the implementation of this policy as it relates to students, student organizations and student facilities.
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Alpha Xi Delta on Bid Day. Photo by Ian KeTamara Imam - Managing Editor
Tamara Imam - Managing Editor
On Saturday, Aug. 28, almost 200 women ran across the Campus Green on Bid Day to join their new sorority sisters on the last day of a record-breaking fall recruitment week.
Alinea Esensoy, who served as a recruitment counselor tasked with facilitating much of the selection process, said a record 192 women accepted bids to join one of the five Panhellenic sororities on campus: Alpha Gamma Delta, Delta Gamma, Alpha Xi Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi and Sigma Kappa. The largest number of bids previously given out was 151, according to Assistant Director of fraternity and sorority life Kristen Bowen.
While women can also join sororities in the spring semester during a process known as “continuous open bidding,” fall Bid Day is the main event for sororities on campus when it comes to adding new members.
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Debbie Morgette. Photo by Spencer PortisSarah Faulkner - Editor-in-Chief
UAB has recently added a new outlet for students impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence – also known as domestic or dating violence – stalking and sexual harassment. Debbie Morgette, who serves as an assistant director of Student Advocacy, Rights and Conduct is now specializing in survivor services and campus based victim advocacy for UAB students. Providing dedicated, full-time support to survivors of trauma ensures that survivors can reach an advocate whose sole responsibility is to support their needs.
What sets Morgette apart from other confidential resources is that she can thoroughly explain to students the student conduct and legal process, explain students’ Title IX rights, provide information about Protection from Abuse Orders and No Contact Orders. She can also coordinate Title IX accommodations for students such as extensions on class assignments, on campus housing changes, or providing police escorts.
Confidential resources have always been available to students. Parties such as UAB counselors, medical providers and clergy are all confidential resources. This means they cannot share personally identifiable information about a student without their expressed permission.
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