SGA addresses medical marijuana

by Sarah Hope / Beacon Correspondent • October 8, 2015

Representatives from the Emerson College Police Department and the Office of Student Conduct spoke at Tuesday’s Student Government Association meeting.

ECPD Chief Robert Smith spoke about the decision to stop using the side doors of the Little Building as an entrance. He said that because the ECPD office is so close, it was not a safety concern. Sheba Wood, multicultural commissioner, expressed concern for students needing to walk any further if they felt unsafe, especially if they had been drinking and didn’t want to risk walking past officers. Executive President Emily Solomon and Smith agreed to discuss the decision further.

Michael Arno, director of the Office of Student Conduct, was also in attendance, gave SGA an explanation of the newly implemented Resolution Panel. According to Arno, the panel is designed to give students a less formal and lower-stakes alternative to disciplinary hearings with the Board of Conduct.

SGA members also discussed campus policy on medical marijuana with Arno. Wood raised the issue of students with prescriptions either not being able to attend Emerson or being required to go without it. Arno said that allowing medical marijuana creates a federal funding issue. Arno and the SGA agreed to revisit the discussion at another time.