SGA supports more time to choose pass/no credit

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    The Student Government Association voted to approve two resolutions and two bills at its weekly meeting Tuesday evening, including one bill that would extend the amount of time students have to elect the pass/no credit option for a class.The majority of SGA members voted to support the extension of the pass/no credit resolution, said Justin Brown, Student Relations chairman.

    The current pass/no credit resolution allows students 20 academic days to decide if they don’t want to receive academic credit for a class, Brown said.

    “SGA proposed that students have eight weeks to make that decision,” Brown said.

    He said eight weeks will give students a longer time to determine how they’re doing in a class.

    Under the bill, students can also reverse the decision of pass/no credit if they begin making what they think is an acceptable grade, Brown said.

    The university will examine the SGA resolution in the spring before deciding whether to adopt it, Brown said.

    SGA also passed a bill to allow students in the media to attend and videotape or record SGA meetings. Previously, the judicial board could request student media to attend meetings, but media personnel didn’t automatically have that right.

    According to the bill, the judicial board would be able to revoke the right of the media to attend meetings if it would hinder the outcome.

    Senior broadcast journalism major Adam Fox spoke in favor of the bill.

    “It makes it harder to do a story justice if I can’t shoot it while it’s happening,” Fox said.

    A resolution requiring all SGA members to perform 10 hours of service was passed as well. The bill requires five hours of community service and five hours of university service, which could include being a part of other on-campus organizations.

    “This will increase and improve the reputation of SGA,” said Tori Hutchens, speaker of the House for Student Representatives.

    A resolution that supports making TCU an iTunes U Campus was also passed.

    “TCU is applying to Apple to be an iTunes U Campus, and this (resolution) will just further the application process,” said Austin Uebele, chairman of university affairs.