On April 27, The George Washington
University chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) introduced
a resolution condemning the higher Education Act of 1998 drug provision,
which denies or delays financial aid to anyone with a drug conviction.
SSDP introduced the resolution with the endorsements of nine student groups
including the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People, and Latinos for Progress.
Hundreds of student signatures had been collected on petitions, far exceeding
the student government requirement to introduce a resolution. After
a period of debate, the Student Association Senate passed the resolution
condemning the drug provision by more than 20-to-1.
But Student Association President
Caity Leu vetoed the resolution several days later, citing lack of student
support. "President Leu has conceded that the drug provision will
have a racially and economically discriminatory effect," GWU SSDP President
Kristy Gomes told The Week Online. "Yet she refused to rescind her
GWU SSDP is now lobbying
the Student Association Senators to reconvene to override the veto.
"As the student body president, Caity Leu has a responsibility to speak
for and serve the students," Gomes said. "By supporting this unjust
law and ignoring the voice of the students, she has failed in her assignment
and embarrassed the university."
For more information on the
Higher Education Act drug provision and the student movement to overturn
it, please visit http://www.u-net.org
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Issue #136, 5/5/00
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