Residential life to announce official on-off campus ‘differentiation’ policy

first_imgDuring the last Hall Presidents Council (HPC) meeting, associate vice president of Residential Life Heather Rakoczy Russell walked hall presidents and vice presidents through an early draft of the on-off campus differentiation policy which is expected to come into effect in the fall of 2021, hall presidents said.Last April, the Division of Student Affairs announced a list of proposed residential life updates created to incentivize Notre Dame students to remain on campus for their senior year. While the enhancements offered monetary incentives for on-campus seniors in addition to residential benefits for all student, the effort to differentiate on- and off-campus experiences drew widespread criticism across campus, resulting in a petition with 5,000 signatures and a protest outside the Main Building last spring. The original policy proposed that off-campus seniors would no longer be able to attend their former dorm’s dances without being invited by a current resident or participate in interhall sports.  Max Lander | The Observer After Residential Life proposed new on-off campus differentiation policies last April, more than 1,000 students gather to protest proposed changes that would exclude off-campus students from participating in certain dorm events and activities.According to a handout obtained by The Observer from multiple sources — which members of the HPC received during the meeting — the new policy aims to “provide for greater consistency across hall communities and to facilitate a clearer differentiation between the experience of those who live in a resident hall an those who have moved into the local community.”The outline Rakoczy Russell gave to members of HPC may be subject to changes before Residential Life releases the final plans, hall presidents said, but the expected policy will give current residents priority in all hall events and activities.While former residents may attend any events open to the entire campus, they may only come to hall events as a guest of a current resident and can only act as active participants in dorm events “by way of exception.” In order to grant these exceptions, off-campus students must contact their former rectors who will consult with their rector supervisor to determine whether an exception can be made, according to the handout.In regards to interhall sports teams, priority will be given to on-campus residents before off-campus members can join, which will be overseen by hall athletic commissioners and rectors. Two rosters will be used for on- and off-campus students, the handout outlined, with the latter roster used only when there is extra space on-campus students did not fill.In addition, off-campus students will be charged a flat rate of $5 per person per sport by RecSports in order to participate in interhall sports, off-campus students may not be captains and an internal B team may not consist of more off-campus members than on-campus members. Off-campus students may not be able to form their own teams, and off-campus students must consult with the captain and/or the rector if they want to play on the team, the handout said.Hall presidents and vice presidents said they were encouraged to discuss the policy with their dorm members to get feedback on the changes before the official policy is announced, which may be directed to Rakoczy Russell.The announcement of the differentiation policy last spring elicited numerous responses, with multiple Letters to the Editor, including a statement from the members of the 2018-2019 Hall Presidents Council. In a meeting hosted by the sophomore class in December, Rakoczy Russell addressed concerns regarding the proposed policy, and the plan continued to be a point of discussion in the 2020 student body government elections, with the newly elected juniors Rachel Ingal and Sarah Galbenski promising to take action against the policy once in office.The University could not be immediately reached for comment at the time of publication.Tags: differentiation policy, Heather Rakoczy Russell, off-campus living, On Campus, senior exclusion policylast_img read more

Boys in girls cabins at school camp – but parents not told (US)

first_imgLifeSiteNews 25 August 2016Family First Comment: This is quite disturbing – but quite possible in NZ also. As one commentator said regarding the people advocating these crazy policies – “they’re talking about things that are really crazy in a normal tone of voice, as if anyone who disagrees is the true nutcase bigot.”A Maryland school district will allow members of one biological sex to sleep in the bedrooms of the opposite sex during school activities – and parents will not be informed in advance.In a 44-minute-long video of a training session for employees of Anne Arundel Public Schools titled, “Supporting transgender students in school,” school district spokesman Bob Mosier tells educators:So, many of you might be asking yourselves, ‘So I’m at an overnight field trip, and I have student who’s biologically a male, identifies as a female, and we’ve worked with that student and [his] family, and that student wants to sleep in the dorms, or whatever sleeping arrangements are, with the females. They don’t want to sleep in a room by themselves; they want to sleep with the rest of the females. So what do we do?And the answer is, they sleep with the females. That’s not the easy answer; it’s the right answer. And in some cases, it’s going to cause issues, because … the private information piece doesn’t allow you to share that with parents of all of the other campers. Right? So, that’s difficult.Mosier later reiterated to Fox 5 D.C. that the school’s policy is that the only people informed about a male spending the night in a female’s room are those “in the immediate need-to-know circle, and we work with the student and the student’s family to determine that.”The policy applies, not just to overnight trips, but to prolonged stays away from home. “It applies at summer camps,” says Laurie Pritchard, director of legal services for the school district.The policy adopted by the school district, one of the nation’s 50 largest with more than 80,000 students, was drawn up prior to President Obama’s controversial federal guidance to public schools on transgender issues.Concerned parents – and students – have said that this policy could open the door to sexual abuse or peeping, and at least one prominent commentator has said it should trigger an “exodus from public schooling.”Pretending to change genders “a really cool trick”Lucia Martin, coordinator of school counseling, told participants in the June training that, “of all the things that worried that students that I talked to” at a previous meeting “that was the one they were most worried about. I just said, ‘Can you imagine some teenage boy,” she asked, “subjecting himself to the ridicule of his friends just to be able to go in the girls locker room?’”“Same thing with field trips,” she said at another point in the video.An unidentified female participant responded, “I don’t know. They could think it’s a really cool trick.”“You may be right,” Martin replied.“I have a teenager – not that he would do that,” the participant added.An elementary school teacher pushed back on the notion that no one would abuse the new guidelines. Pritchard responded the district would handle the issue “on a case-by-case basis.”If a boy says he identifies as a girl, then “we see him making out with his girlfriend, and we know that’s been his girlfriend…then administrators are gonna consult with legal, with counsel, and then we’re gonna deal with those those kids and have a discussion with those students and parents.”Mosier said that transgender identity asserts itself by “three characteristics: insistently, consistently, and persistently. So, when Johnny comes to school on a Thursday and wants to be a girl on a Friday, that’s a different issue.”However, the Obama administration’s controversial federal guidance on transgender issues states that the moment the student informs school officials that he “will assert a gender identity that differs from previous representations or records, the school will begin treating the student consistent with the student’s gender identity,” including in the area of “housing.”The Obama administration also enforces a ban on discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation – which is also not written into federal civil rights laws. Many biological males who identify as women remain attracted to women, such as Sean Patrick Smith, a transgender man arrested for filming women inside Target’s unisex changing rooms.Someday “everybody can just use whatever they want to”Martin also implied that the school may tolerate a fair amount of flux in gender identity, since “there are an awful lot of kids who see themselves as gender-fluid,” adding the personal note that “sometimes I see myself more my female side and sometimes I see myself more my male side.”“I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if just a few years down the road, questions about restrooms and locker rooms will be gone, because we will have structured things so that everybody can just use whatever they want to,” she added.“The whole thing is very instructive, though not necessarily in the way the school system intends,” Rod Dreher blogged at The American Conservative. “If you listen to the three women from the system who assist Mosier, they’re talking about things that are really crazy in a normal tone of voice, as if anyone who disagrees is the true nutcase bigot.”Children influenced by “adult bigotry”Already, local media reported that numerous parents had objected to the policy, none of them quoted by name.In a video presentation shown to educators, the mother of a transgender student remembers children in her son’s kindergarten class being supportive when she sent him to school dressed as a girl.“But then the kids went home and told their parents, and they weren’t so great after that,” the mother said. “Adult bigotry had influenced them.”“Our kids get it. The adults on the outside sometimes don’t get it, but the kids get it,” Mosier said, adding that there would be no exceptions to the policy.Brian Griffiths the co-host of Red Maryland Radio, wrote, “This is a good time to point out that students in Anne Arundel County are believed to not be mature enough to consume a cough drop without going to the nurse’s office and having written permission from a parent, but the student is believed by the school system to make a mature and informed decision that they identify as a different gender.”At least one parent told local media that not appearing judgmental was more important than safeguarding young women from potential sexual assault. ” I have heard people say it opens up pedophile possibilities, but honestly I think there is good and bad in everything in this world and I don’t believe that we need to judge,” she said.Time for a public school exodus?Dreher said this policy is proof that people of faith nationwide should exit the public school system as quickly as possible.“If you’re a teacher, administrator, or staffer for a public school system anywhere in the United States, you are going to find yourself sitting in a seminar just like this one day, if you haven’t already,” he wrote.He warned against leaving Christian students in the public schools to evangelize others. “The culture is going to transform their kids,” he wrote.“Your public school district may not be part of this movement yet. But do not be fooled: it’s coming,” he concluded. read more