University of Missouri

49-18: A Resolution Calling Upon Campus Administration to Address Student Concerns Over the Weekday MU-Nebraska Game

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri

Bill 49-18

49-18 A Resolution Calling Upon Campus Administration to Address Student Concerns Over the Weekday MU-Nebraska Game

WHEREAS, the MU-Nebraska football game has been scheduled for a Thursday this year, and

 WHEREAS, football games attract thousands of fans to the campus area, including alumni and community members,   and

 WHEREAS, these fans use parking spaces for parking and tailgating that are ordinarily reserved for student use  for attending classes and residing in the dorms, and

 WHEREAS, campus administration’s request that students move from these parking spaces by 4 pm creates issues for students who are still in class on Thursdays, whether or not they plan to attend the game, and

 WHEREAS, classes have not been canceled on October 8th despite voiced concerns over academic repercussions for missing class due to moving vehicles or working at the game, and

 WHEREAS, potential academic repercussions are coupled with safety issues that a weeknight game uniquely poses to evening commute travelers and tailgaters, and

WHEREAS, the Association fully and steadfastly recognizes the necessary primacy of academics at institutions of higher learning, and

 WHEREAS, there are several potential avenues to address the aforementioned concerns, including canceling classes at some point in the afternoon as an effective compromise to address both concerns of faculty and students, and

 WHEREAS, some sort of excuse policy for those individuals participating in the game in some way or who must move their vehicles could lessen student concerns as well but have less of an impact on classes.

 THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that campus administration is urged to take immediate and effective action to address these issues of safety and academics for both students and community members, whether or not they are attending the game.

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that students are consulted in this solution process to ensure that representation fully encompasses community needs and concerns.

Respectfully Submitted,

Amanda Shelton, MSA Senate Speaker

Colleen Hoffman, MSA Vice President

Garrett Bergquist, Operations Secretary

Evan Wood, Operations Vice-Chair

Emily Garner, Campus and Community Relations Chair