In their last general assembly of the semester, the Undergraduate Student Government unanimously passed two bills supporting students in academics and on-campus employment.
Passing S.R. 07 and S.R. 08 before the semester ended was an important goal for the 2021 fall semester, USG President Alexander Chiarelott said.
S.R. 07 recommends carrying over academic leniency to protect students’ mental health from BGSU’s virtual semester as the university returns to a fully in-person learning experience. It also recommends the creation of an adjunct committee to review COVID-19-era academic policies and the pandemic’s impact on the university and higher ed.
Chiarelott said USG would like to see those recommendations implemented throughout the spring semester.
Then, work can be done over winter break and “any accommodations we can promote will hopefully be there right at the start of the semester,” Chiarelott said.
S.R. 08 was also time-sensitive. It calls for a university-wide minimum wage of $10 per hour for student employees. On Jan. 1, 2022, the state minimum wage will be raised from $8.80 per hour to $9.30 per hour.
“If you’re already going to raise the wages to $9.30 … we are suggesting you take it from $9.30 to $10,” Chiarelott said.
A $10 minimum wage will allow students to keep pace with rising costs of living, as well as increases in the cost of university housing, meal plans and on-campus parking permits, and keep BGSU student employment competitive with off-campus options.
“Hopefully, this will also encourage students to seek employment on campus. Why would they want to work on campus when they could go across the street to Wendy’s and work there for $12, $13, $14 per hour?” Chiarelott said.
The resolution will also assist international students attending BGSU on F-1 Student Visas.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, F-1 students are restricted to on-campus employment during their first academic year, and are allowed to work off-campus jobs that meet certain conditions in subsequent academic years.
Raising the campus minimum wage was an issue Chairelott and USG Vice President Gil Lutz ran on in the 2020 spring semester.
Passing the resolution they have been working on for eight months “was the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of different people,” Chiarelott said.
“It felt good to get it passed, but it’s certainly not the end. And we’re not going to let it be the end of the conversation. Honestly, it’s the start of the conversation,” he said.
While USG formally represents and acts on behalf of the undergraduate student body at BGSU, it can only pass recommendations, meaning their resolutions do not become policy once passed.
To further support the push for a $10 minimum wage, S.R. 08’s author and Internal Affairs Chairperson and At Large Senator Nolan McHugh created a survey to study how an increase in the minimum wage would affect student employees. The survey can also be found on USG’s webpage.
Read the full text of S.R. 08 and S.R. 07 below.
A Resolution Formally Recommending Continued Virtual Learning Academic Support
A Resolution Formally Calling for the Increase of the Minimum Wage of Individuals Employed Directly by the University Indexed to the Rising Co…