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SGA Update

Missy Ballinghoff
Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 14, 2012:

Election Results:
SGA Secretary-
Travis Miyashiro
VP for Clubs-
Olivia Shestopal
VP for Student Initiatives –
Lenna Blaser

New Business:
– Bill Leimbach, Vice President for Technology and Planning  and Rebecca Dietrich, Director of Public Safety presented a potential new security system for students with Androids or iPhones. The new system would work with the e2campus texting and email alert notifications that are sent in case of a campus emergency.

“We are always looking for things that might be helpful to [students] so the only risks you might encounter are the intellectual ones in the classroom,” said Leimbach.

The app, which is downloaded for free to Androids and iPhones, is an audio/video surveilance distress call. Once activated,  the phone automatically transmits GPS tracking and a live stream of video and audio to Public Safety. Public Safety can then respond by sending an officer, calling the Baltimore County Police, or even texting the student who activated their security app.

After an incident, Public Safety would be able to look back at the archived video information for any further investigation needed. Dietrich stated that the purpose of the system is to keep students safe.

The security app presented to SGA senate as an example was EmergenSee, which also GPS tracks the phone once it is activated and sends the student’s location to Public Safety along with the live transmitted video.

The system works simlar to 9-1-1, but only monitors a particular set location, such as Goucher’s campus or the surrounding Towson area.  Students who use the app will be registered with the system and Public Safety. The EmergenSee security app system is not a silent, anonymous report system.

As Dietrich stated, the app’s main purpose is safety; however, there will be disciplinary applications of it also.

This new security system is not being implemented yet. It was presented to SGA senate as a forum for collecting feed back and will be presented to other student groups and senior staff in the near future.

– A proposed amendment to the constitution was tabled addressing the implementation of housing representation on campus. It will be revisited in two weeks (after Thanksgiving break).

-Stacy Cooper-Patterson, Associate Director for Leadership Development and Alex Crockett are sitting on the committee assembled to search for a replacement for Dean Edmonds. They are searching for a strong group of students who are interested in meeting candidates beginning next week. Email Stacy with interests or suggestions.

The next Senate meeting will be held on November 28th at 3:30pm in Van Meter B10. Any student or member of the Goucher Community is welcome to attend.

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