Published: Jan 20 2017 12:00AM
"Every proposal that is acted upon by governance is directly responsible for improving the MC experience for all constituents," says Ed Riggs, College Council president.
Following are fall 2016 semester highlights from the College Council that illustrate his point:
<b>Prevention of Bullying and Workplace Violence</b>
Proposed revisions to the College policy and procedure on the Prevention of Workplace Violence, developed by an ad hoc committee of the Staff Council in response to a constituent concern received in fall 2015, were accepted by the Staff Council and College Council in December and advanced to the Office of the President. The proposed revisions include language to define bullying and address situations where it occurs and call for the creation of a Workplace Bullying Advisory Team and a Workplace Violence Advisory Team. The revised P&P is on the agenda of the President's Executive Cabinet (PEC) for February.
<b>Employee Code of Conduct</b>
Extensive work done within governance for more than two years on the development of a proposed Employee Code of Conduct laid the framework for a recommended new College policy and procedure now under review by the PEC. The proposed code of conduct was developed by an ad hoc committee of the Employee Services Council, endorsed by the Employee Services Council and College Council, recommended for adoption, and advanced to the Office of the President in the fall.
Dr. Pollard approved a request from governance to reinstate a reception following the graduation ceremony this spring. The College Council asked the president to reinstate the celebration following recommendations from both the Student Council and Faculty Council. "The achievement of a college degree is an accomplishment deserving of both recognition and celebration," the Faculty Council said. The Student Council cited the "importance of celebrating completion and giving faculty and staff the space and reason to gather together."
<b>Student Non-Reprisal Statement</b>
At the request of the Student Council, the College Council supported a recommendation that the College consider an official statement regarding its commitment to provide an environment in which students and student leaders can participate freely in governance, clubs, public forums, or meetings without being subject to undue influence or retaliation of any kind. Dr. Pollard has accepted the recommendation and has asked Dr. Monica Brown to determine how to best incorporate the statement into College literature.
<b>More Transportation Options for Students</b>
At the request of the Student Council, the College Council in December asked College leadership to explore options for MC students to be enrolled in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) University Pass program, under which students could have unlimited rides on Metro bus and train during the semester for a token fee. The council further recommended that the College explore how it could use student transportation fees to defray or subsidize the WMATA University Pass fee. According to the Student Council, participating in such a program could contribute to student success by providing students with more economical transportation options for school internships, field trips, and class assignments. Dr. Pollard supports the request but will first need to consider its feasibility before approving.
<b>24/7 Access to Campus Study Space, Wi-Fi</b>
A recommendation from the Student Council that the College examine the feasibility of opening one building on each campus with access to Wi-Fi and computers 24 hours a day, seven days a week, was endorsed by the College Council in December. The Student Council noted that computer and Wi-Fi access is critical for students to do their assignments but that some students do not have access at home. Dr. Pollard supports the recommendation but will need to determine its feasibility before approving.
<b>New Governance Icon on My MC</b>
With Dr. Pollard's approval, a new governance icon was placed on the MyMC home page that takes users directly to the Governance web page with only one click. The College Council recommended the icon to make information about governance more visible and easier to access for members of the College community. The icon can be found under "Employee Tools," "Faculty Tools," and "Student Tools."
<b>Engagement With College Plans, Processes</b>
The College Council was asked to provide feedback on proposed revisions to College policies and procedures, including input that will be used to develop the educational programs and support tools called for in the new procedure on the use of copyrighted materials. The College Council also provided feedback on the MC website redesign as well as safety and security training efforts, including suggestions for ways to reach out to students with active shooter and emergency training.