We believe the University has a duty to its students to keep them safe and healthy in all senses. We will fight for your mental, spiritual, and physical well-being to be a priority in the minds of decision-makers at the University of Cincinnati.
A. Good Samaritan Policy
1. Why? Many students feel uncomfortable calling for help in emergency situations, particularly those related to drugs and alcohol. According to the Medical Amnesty Initiative, 19% of college students said they should’ve called for help for a friend, but only 4% made the call.
2. Who? All Students! Every student may one day end up in a situation where this policy could pertain to them, no matter what you’re getting into.
3. What? Medical Amnesty policies grant forgiveness to students who call for assistance for another student in an emergency involving drugs or alcohol. They increase the amount of students who get necessary help when in dangerous situations and are present at many major Ohio institutions.
4. How? There needs to be actual University Policy written to fortify and continue this policy among students. It also needs to be marketed so that students know that they shouldn’t be afraid of the consequences if they call for help when needed. We will utilize and work with Aniesha Mitchell and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, Student Safety Board, UCPD, SG Director of Health and Wellness.
B. Emergency UCPD Texting
1. Why? There can be situations where students feel uncomfortable and need to call UCPD for things such as an escort or a suspicious person report, but are unable to do so based on who’s listening or around.
2. Who? All Students. Namely when they are traversing off campus or in situations where texting is more accessible than calling.
3. What? Emergency texting will provide a quick and convenient way for students to report problems to UCPD without putting themselves in danger in certain situations.
4. How? UCPD is undergoing major efforts to reach students where they’re at. We’ll work with them to set up a line that’ll be quickly answered by dispatchers, just as the calls are currently. The initiative has been in progress at the University of Michigan and will be used as framework for ours.
C. Sexual Assault Resource Centralization
1. Why? There are many wonderful and helpful resources for survivors of sexual assault on campus, however, it can be confusing where to go with an issue. Different resources on campus have different services, ranging in confidentiality and levels of assistance.
2. Who? Survivors of sexual assault and gender-based violence, as well as their friends and advocates.
3. What? We hope to centralize resources to create clarity for survivors of sexual assault and gender-based violence. The issue is complex. Getting help should not be.
4. How? We plan to have dialogue with all of these offices (Title IX Office, Women’s Center, UCPD, Women Helping Women, LGBTQ Center, SG Executive Director of Sexual Assault Prevention, SG Director of Women’s Affairs) to create a clear map of where students can go based on what their needs are as survivors. Long-term, we hope to set this up to fall under its own office by continuously informing the University of the magnitude of this issue.
D. Student Emergency Fund
1. Why? College is expensive and you give a lot to be here. Isn’t it time UC gave back a bit in your times of need? Other Universities build esprit de corps by setting up an emergency fund to aid students in disasters like medical emergencies, family deaths, and job loss.
2. Who? Students experiencing traumatic events or life-altering emergencies that have an effect on their health, family, and/or financial situations.
3. What? The Student Emergency Fund will start small as a gift from SG, as students nominate their fellow Bearcats the event of a personal disaster. A committee will decide need and grant funds based on that. We hope this can become a self-sustaining fund that is funded by donors and local businesses in years to come.
4. How? We’ll create a committee that will read over confidential needs submitted by students that will be responsible for distribution of funds. It’ll be small for the first year, but we hope to find funds to make it sustainable to support students in years to come using SALD and the UC Alumni Association.
E. Sustainability Focus
1. Why? UC as a whole has a lot of room to grow in sustainability. We are living in a world with limited resources, and as an institution of learning, we must provide the example to our community and world of how to live sustainably.
2. Who? All students, specifically those living in residence halls.
3. What? Continue recycling plans for all residence halls and campus areas, as they currently don’t exist in many places
4. How? We want to work with the city to ensure recycling pick-up from campus in more areas. Recycling began in some residence halls about 1 year ago, but many are still lacking. Not only that, most campus areas lack recycling bins. We’ll push for bins to be readily available and emptied 8 to create a cleaner and more sustainable campus. We plan to partner and work with the SG Director of Sustainability, the Office of Sustainability, and the Residence Hall Association.