Previously on SGA: Mock Trial Returns and a TUPD Staff Chat – The Trinitonian | CarTailz

Air conditioning check

Senior Sen. Ameer Mustafa opened the climate check with concerns about the Dicke Smith water well, which has been out of service since April 20. According to a memo taped to the water well in question, it was due to be replaced by September 20 but has not yet been swapped out. President Danny Nguyen advised Senator Mustafa to issue a work order and then email Ernesto Gonzalez, the assistant director for facilities, and CC him.

Sophomore Senator Allison Waters brought up a constituent’s suggestion that handkerchiefs be provided in the classroom and questioned the feasibility of such an action. President Nguyen advised emailing Gonzalez.

Senator Waters also asked who to contact about updating the TigerPaws website. President Nguyen said there were plans to update the site in the future and asked advisor Jamie Thompson for confirmation. Advisor Thompson explained that the TigerPaws update could potentially come next year and that there is an ongoing search for a new platform. President Nguyen confirmed that the current platform for TLearn is also on the way to being replaced, but was unable to provide a timeline.

Sophomore Senator Harrison Tinker wasn’t sure if his information was accurate, but he was told that Workday, the new HR system due to be implemented next semester, will also replace TigerPaws.

First-year Senator Sameed Aijaz raised concerns about the blue booths on the fourth floor of the library. President Nguyen advised submitting a work order and emailing Gonzalez if the issue is not resolved.

Junior Sen. Angela Huereca-Alvarado provided an update on the potential of installing a printer in City Vista, stating that Senior Director of Conferences and Auxiliary Services, Bruce Bravo, didn’t think it would be convenient, but there was an opportunity to get a printer installed in Dicke Hall.

Senator Waters explained that the signage in Bravo’s laundry room has been updated.

Sophomore Senator Ani Siva asked if it would be possible to put together a form to get student opinions on where water bottle filling stations should be installed in dormitories. Senator Aijaz suggested posting the survey on dorm bulletin boards using QR codes. Senator Siva suggested sending the survey out to RAs and through class-wide emails.

Nadesh Vaithianathan, second-year senator, expressed concern about Rockbot restrictions on Christmas music. Senator Siva informed Senator Vaithianathan that the restriction was imposed by Charles Robles, the Director of Catering, in response to a student religiously doing “All I Want for Christmas.”

Senator Siva provided an update on SGA’s initiative to work with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and stated that he is working to engage with Megan Mustain, Provost, to put together a SAS task force.

President Nguyen concluded the climate check by noting record-breaking attendance at women’s soccer games last weekend after the SGA subsidized student tickets. He also urged the senator to keep an eye on menstrual dispensers, which will be installed this month.

Senate emergency session on funding – Mock trial

Representatives from Mock Trial presented the same funding proposal to enter the Austin College Invitational Competition from the November 2 funding meeting. They clarified the misunderstanding that occurred in their previous presentation regarding the supporting documents and specified that they have now submitted the required supporting documents. Mock Trial requested the same amount of $3,247.88 to cover hotel expenses, meals, registration fees, gas and demonstrations.

Senator Mustafa moved to fund Mock Trial the full amount of $3,247.88. After beating Senator Waters in a game of rock-paper-scissors, second-year Senator Ella Charbonnet backed the motion. The motion was passed with one vote against and two abstentions.

staff chat— John Rowse, Deputy Chief of Police & John Stantellan, Lieutenant Investigator

Deputy Chief of Police John Rowse gave the Senate an overview of the Trinity University Police Department (TUPD). Rowse outlined the various training that all TUPD officers undergo — including breacher training, which prepares TUPD to handle hostage situations, according to Lieutenant-Investigator John Stantellan — and patrol protocols. Rowse also informed the Senate that TUPD is working with health services on an initiative that would allow students who are voluntarily admitted for mental health reasons to be transported to the hospital in an ambulance rather than a police car.

Rowse then invited the senators to question them, prompting them to ask questions about why there is not enough parking on campus.

Senator Mustafa asked how much revenue TUPD generates from parking violations. Rowse said he doesn’t know because parking violation money doesn’t go to TUPD. Advisor Thompson explained that when she was on the Parks Committee a few years ago, the funds were used for upkeep of the parking lot, such as repainting lines.

Senator Charbonnet raised concerns about the regularity of the campus alert test, stating that while it sounds cynical, someone could easily notice the pattern and exploit it to do something bad during this time. Rowse explained that the test takes place on the first Friday of each month, when most classes end, to minimize disruption to campus. Rowse also said it’s also good to have people who, like Senator Charbonnet, could think evil.

Noting that TUPD cannot help change flat tires, Senator Waters asked what the department’s limitations were. Rowse explained that they are not allowed to change tires or help students who have locked themselves out of their cars because of the potential liability for car damage; However, TUPD can give a student a jump start.

Senator Vaithianathan asked what students can do to prevent their car batteries from draining during the winter break. Stantellan recommended that students go to the AutoZone and have their car battery checked for free, explaining that it’s safe to leave the car parked over recess if a car’s battery has at least 70% charge. Stantellan also explained that students who inform TUPD can keep their cars locked during recess in the orange tier of the Laurie Auditorium.

Senator Mustafa asked for clarification on TUPD’s policy of putting students in the alcohol tank. Stantellan explained that the students aren’t actually taken to the alcohol tank, but to a detox center where they can sleep off their high under the supervision of a trained person without filing a public criminal record. The next day, students can take a free Uber, which is monitored by ResLife to campus for security reasons.

Senator Mustafa asked for clarification on the responsible friend policy in cases where multiple people accompany the person who needs help. Stantellan explained that it is often an isolated case situation, but TUPD’s first priority is the student who needs help and the only names that would normally be officially reported are the student who needs help and the student who called TUPD have. Stantellan explained that TUPD follows the “baby deer policy,” meaning they give students the benefit of the doubt and don’t intervene unless the student is running like a baby deer.

Second Senator Andrew Phillips asked when officers are required to wear their body cams. Rowse explained that every officer who is on patrol wears one throughout their shift and wears one for every call they respond to, so every contact with the officers is recorded. Officers who are not on patrol do not wear body cams.

Officer’s report:

There was nothing to report.

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