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PLATFORM

At the onset of a new administration, it is our chance to set a precedent
that our voices must be heard. This is OUR moment to work towards a
stronger and more inclusive AU.

Sexual Assault

Content Warning: The following section of the platform will include language and
themes that may be harmful to some, specifically to survivors of sexual assault.

1. Support the Hiring of an Additional Title IX Investigator

In 2015, the university hired a full-time Title IX Program Officer and shortly after,
student organizations convinced the university to implement Empower AU. With
that progress has come an influx of survivors reporting that they’ve been assaulted,
overwhelming the existing campus infrastructure. One person can only do so much.
A single case can take months to investigate and the increased caseload has
created a backlog that leaves survivors waiting an incredibly long time to receive
justice. Many administrators and staff are already working toward hiring a second
investigator and I want to lead a Student Government that supports this process
every step of the way. Showing the demonstrated need the Title IX Office faces, and
making the case that this is a move students want and need, will enable us sure
there is a second investigator.

2. Push for a Trauma-Informed Trainings for All Students
Survivors often depend on their peers to get them through the pain of having
experienced sexual assault. In many cases, peers and friends oftentimes do not
know the right words to say or the resources to direct their friends to. This is why it
is imperative that we work with the Wellness Center to mandate trauma-informed
trainings for every student. No one should have to relive that trauma.

3. Advocate for the Creation of a Survivor Support Group

The creation of a survivor support group will foster a safe environment for those
who are victims of sexual assault. This space can be used to heal when going
through a trying investigation process. This group is in no way required, it is a
resource available for students looking for other students who have suffered
throughout the same experience for support.

4. Support Diversifying and Degendering the Outreach and Prevention
Resources
Sexual assault can happen to all students, regardless of their gender identity. Yet
gender is highlighted and often used in a way that is inadvertently exclusionary of
many students. Sexual assault is not exclusive to one gender and it’s not exclusive
to gender at all. No matter what gender you identify as, or if you identify with a
gender at all, the conversations, resources and events the school produces on
sexual assault resources and prevention should be made to feel inclusive and
accessible to you.

5. Hold University Accountable to Increasing Diversity in Sexual Assault
Resources and Outreach

Disclosing a sexual assault is among the most re-traumatizing experiences a
survivor can endure. It is incumbent upon the university to make sure that survivors
feel supported, comforted, and heard in that terrible situation. To that end,
university resources that support survivors of sexual violence must reflect the
students they serve. It is AU’s responsibility to ensure that no student feels
unwelcome in what should be the safest space possible. AU should prioritize
diversity when hiring staff for the Wellness and Counseling Centers, among all other
university resources.

6. Create AU Walks

AU Walks will provide students with ways to contact other students that are walking
late at night to places on-campus or off-campus. I want to ensure that all students
make it home safe and feel comfortable. I will work with Public Safety to use their
current resources to incorporate this program.

7. Make Step Up Mandatory for All Students.

Step Up is an amazing bystander intervention program that uses workshops and
communications to teach community members how to be that someone who steps
up and helps others. The program currently runs on our campus but does not
require all students to participate. In order to permanently change the temperature
on this campus all students need to learn to step up.

8. Advocate for the Creation of a Comprehensive 4-Year Sexual Assault
Prevention Plan

The University does an incredible job providing a multitude of sexual assault
resources and educational materials during a student's freshman year. However the
conversation around sexual assault can not end after your first semester, or year on
campus. I will advocate and work with the wellness center to create a
comprehensive sexual assault education plan that continues throughout all four
years of a your attendance at AU.
9. Clubs Should Meet with the Wellness Center and Health Center

Student organizations on campus are critical parts of our AU community, and the
environment created. Given the vast outreach and impact student organizations
have and the immeasurable amounts of events they put on it’s imperative members
of their leadership are trained by the health and wellness center. I plan to work with
their wellness educators to create sessions for club leadership to atten.

Mental Health

1. Implement Mental Health Education at Eagle Summit/Around
Campus

We should make it as easy as possible for students to know about the services that
exist for them and to inform friends of students suffering from mental illness on how
they can best help. We do this on other issues, like sexual assault, by integrating
classes into Eagle Summit and providing easily-seen informational materials around
campus. It is now time to do the same with mental health. I’d like to work with the
chairs of Eagle Summit to dedicate more time to discussing mental health, how a
student’s mental health develops as they get older and progress through college,
and to clearly provide information about what services exist for students.
Additionally, I will work with the wellness center to coordinate visits from the Peer
Wellness Educators into the resident halls. I will work with the Counseling Center to
put laminated-fliers in every single bathroom stall around campus that will detail all
of the services AU offers to students struggling with their mental health. The same
strategy has made an enormous difference with sexual assault, and the department
that created the fliers, OASIS, has expressed their willingness to allow another flier
to go up alongside their existing one.

2. Work with Faculty Senate to Create Mandated Trigger Warnings on
Syllabi
Trigger warnings don’t excuse students from doing work. Rather, they empower
every student to succeed in the classroom. They exist to help students know about
information that might impair their ability in the classroom based on previous
traumatic experiences they’ve had. By implementing mandatory trigger warnings
on all class syllabi, students will anticipate class discussions and prepare for
potentially triggering material or to ask for a supplementary assignment. I
challenged the Faculty Senate after they condemned the use of trigger warnings
and as your president will work to integrate them into our syllabi. It’s not too much
to ask for two letters on a piece of paper to help warn a survivor of sexual assault,
or prepare a veteran who suffers from PTSD. Trigger warnings create an equal
opportunity learning environment and should be embraced by American University.
Health and Wellness

1. Provide Free Tampons and STD Testing

Access to menstrual care is incredibly important. I will work with existing student
organizations who have been fighting for this change to encourage university
administrators to make free tampons readily available to any student who needs
them. Additionally, I believe the Health Center should offer free STD testing to
interested students. While some organizations are able to sponsor free testing on
campus from time to time, this should be a permanent service offered to students
for no cost. Free and safe testing for STDs removes one major barrier for students
who want to get tested and practice safe sex.

2. Resource Poster for Every Student

Campus resources at AU are far from perfect, but we have a lot of them. So many,
in fact, that it’s hard for AU students to know where to turn when they need help.
Every student, when they move into their residence hall room, should find a poster
page on the back of their room door that lists every campus resource, with contact
information and location for each one. AU already distributes a list like this one to
Resident Assistants. It should be provided to every student in print and online so
that they can find help when they ask for it. I will hopefully be able to work with HDP
and RHA on this initiative.

Dining

1. Creation of the Meal Swipe Bank

Students have a variety of options when it comes to meal plans, however at the end
of the semester or academic year, some are left with plenty of swipes and some
have none. The creation of a online Meal Swipe Bank will allow students to directly
exchange swipes with others or donate swipes, a process that now only happens
informally. This would ease the process of meal swipe exchanges and give students
who do not have meal swipes the opportunity to use ones from others. If you have
left over swipes, you can directly transfer them to students who are in need of
assistance. The Meal Swipe Bank will let you donate and exchange swipes, making
sure every student uses their swipes and gets their money’s worth. I will also work
with administration to create a “buy-back” program, where students receive money
credited back toward their meal plans for the next academic year for unused meal
swipes.

2. Work with Aramark to Provide Higher Quality and Greater Options of
Food
This is our home and we should be able to eat what we want. I will echo many
student voices in these discussions and make it clear that we want better quality
options. We should have access to food that appeals to students of all cultures, no
matter where they’re from. I will advocate to rapidly expand what is served in TDR
and be as involved as possible in contract discussions.

Arts

1. Scholarship Fund for Art Students

Being an artist is expensive and Student Government should be committed to
helping every artist at AU succeed. As your president, I will commit to creating a
subsidy fund to help AU’s artists afford supplies and other related costs of their
work. No one should feel that they don’t have the capacity to make their art
because of financial barriers. The creation of this fund would help eliminate those
concerns, enable artists to create, and help students pursue their passion.

2. Support and Ensure Representation for the AU Arts Council

The Arts Council was first created last year and has helped bring a voice to the
students involved in the arts at AU. However, this council needs to be inclusive of all
the voices of every student in the arts community. Therefore, I will foster a better
relationship with the arts groups on campus, by allowing them to have a role in the
appointment of the chair and the members of the arts council. In addition, I will
strive to make this council representative of all the members of the arts community
such as, theater, music, painting, dance, and other groups.

Academics

1. Getting the First Two Weeks of Readings on Blackboard

I plan on working with university officials, primarily the Faculty Senate, to make it
mandatory that all readings for the first two weeks of class are placed on
Blackboard. It is completely unnecessary and an undue burden to students to be
expected to purchase books before they’re even sure if they intend on remaining in
a particular course. Putting all readings for the first two weeks of the semester on
Blackboard solves this problem, making the hectic beginning of the semester a little
easier.

2. Push for an Hour/Credit Change for For-Credit Internships

Currently, the university expects students to intern for half a workweek, earning a
third of the credits required to be considered a full-time student. Our for-credit
internship requirements are disproportionately higher than peer institutions around
the country and this should be changed. I will push for a shift in the hour/credit
requirement, making internships more accessible to students who want to pursue
them. I will create an internship credit working group to publish a report by the end
of first semester on peer institutions and how AU could introduce this program.

Sustainability

1. Secure AU’s Membership to Campus Kitchen

The Campus Kitchen Project is an incredible organization based in D.C. that gives
food not used in a dining hall to the homeless within the community. Every school in
the D.C. area participates, everyone except American University. If elected, I will
work to secure membership with this organization to promote sustainability and
community. This is an amazing opportunity and is a program I support
wholeheartedly. To be a part of it would be an honor for both me and our university.
Let’s work together to give back to our local community.

2. Promote Long-Term Success of our Waste Containers

The waste containers at AU are a part of our campus that benefits our environment
in astronomical ways. As many of you know, these waste containers are not being
effectively used by students, which then led to the ending of our contract with the
company that helps us compost. As president I will do my best to make sure this will
not happen again. Communication is key and I’ve fought and will continue to fight to
build initiatives that effectively inform students on how these containers are used
and why it is crucial that they are used properly. I will work with administrators and
the student leaders of AU Zero Waste to keep these waste containers functioning
and being used properly.

Student Organizations

1. More funding and support for club sports

Club sports receive virtually no support from the university and as a result have to
shoulder a huge financial burden. They compete with other schools in the area and
travel up and down the East Coast to face off with other teams. Access to necessary
supplies becomes an issue; club sports don’t have access to ice machines, making it
virtually impossible to make ice packs if needed to ice-down injuries during practice.
I will work both to push administrators to provide access to ice or coolers to store
ice and to ensure Student Government allocates a greater amount of financial
resources to co-sponsorships for club sports. Student Government has the funding
to offer club sports co-sponsorships and as they receive so little support as is, this
should be a priority for funding from SG in the future. I will fight for the support they
deserve.
2. Provide Dedicated Space for Cultural Organizations

Universities around the country set aside dedicated space for cultural organizations,
with suites of rooms and meeting areas acting as a multicultural space for
respective student organizations. Unfortunately, American University is not among
them. That needs to change. Cultural organizations are among the most active and
present on campus; they have significant membership, they regularly plan large
events, and they work directly with administrators to represent marginalized
communities. Student Government has dedicated space, Student Media has
dedicated space, and I think it makes sense that these student organizations should
have it as well. Further, I will ask Student Activities to create a process by which any
multicultural organization can apply for space that will be dedicated to its members
alone. A space where they can be safe and among people who share their similar
identities. With the increase in student space provided by the opening of the third
floor of MGC, we can set some of that space aside for offices and meeting spaces
for student-run cultural organizations.

3. Guaranteed space for student organizations

Every student who has been involved in a club on campus knows first hand the
issue of limited space. The number of clubs and organizations are growing every
year, yet the finite space AU has to offer for students makes it incredibly difficult for
these groups to meet regularly. I will fight for more space and believe that Student
Government can put the appropriate level of pressure on administrators to get them
to act on this issue. The third floor of MGC is being transitioned away from
classroom space and President Kerwin has previously guaranteed that this space
will go to students. I want to make sure it does and will hold the university
accountable to this promise. A portion of the third floor of MGC should go to
students.

Greek Life

1. Pushing for a Good Samaritan Rule that Works for Our Campus

For over two years, I have worked with university administrators to develop a Good
Samaritan Rule, a policy that would allow fraternities to call transports for students
without facing severe repercussions. Balancing the safety and needs of students
affected, and the concerns of fraternities, I successfully convinced administrators
that some form of the policy would make our campus a safer place for everyone.
More work, however, needs to be done. This semester I have worked, and will
continue to work on as your next president, on expanding the policy to cover not
just individuals but entire organizations. I believe a middle ground can be reached
where all parties involved take responsibility, but where fraternities can also feel
comfortable taking actions without facing damaging consequences from the
university. As a Greek, but more importantly as a student that wants everyone to be
able to get home safely from off-campus policies, I will continue to pursue this
policy until we get it right.

2. Dedicated Space for Chapter Meetings

Finding space for weekly chapter meetings and finding space for the huge number
of events that take place after an organization has taken a new member class, is
challenging for fraternities and sororities across campus. Whether you’re in a social,
professional, or cultural Greek organization space is an issue that needs to be
addressed. Chapter rooms have been taken away from Greek organizations, and no
guaranteed space has ever been provided. That needs to change, and I’ll fight to
make that happen, whether space is provided on the third floor of MGC or elsewhere
around campus.

Racial Diversity

1. Mandated Comprehensive Racial Awareness Training for All
Community Members

A year ago, the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group worked very hard to carefully
craft a number of proposed recommendations for administrators to act on. Amongst
those proposals was the creation of mandated racial awareness and sensitivity
training, a proposal I will work with students and student organizations to
implement. Functioning similarly to EmpowerAU, the training would be provided for
students at Eagle Summit and would be mandatory for every single incoming
student. The training would give every student the opportunity to be introduced to
new perspectives, intersectionality and to be educated about the challenges facing
students that may have lived lives different from theirs. The training should reach
beyond just students; all members of our community should seek to pursue AU’s
goal of giving individuals the, “background knowledge and analytical skills
necessary to understand and respects differences between groups of people.”
Therefore, the training should also be provided to faculty members, staff, and
campus public safety. Our school should be an environment where everyone can
succeed and that only happens when everyone is treated equally and fairly.

2. Pursue Rest of Conduct Policy Report Reforms

This year a joint-report issued by the Student Advocacy Center and the Diversity
and Inclusion Working Group, was released in order to propose changes to the
student conduct process. Specifically, their proposals affected how the conduct
process handled attacks made against minority students and all bias-related
incidents on campus. While one of their recommendations has already been
accepted by the school, there are two left to go, and I will work over the course of
the next year to see that they are implemented.

3. Hold SG Accountable to Promoting Diversity

It is imperative that Student Government lead by example when it comes to
promoting diversity and inclusion. First, I want to require Student Government to
report every semester on the makeup of its membership. The report, which will
include information from gender identity to ethnicity, will be compiled and made
public so that students can view how their Student Government represents their
campus. Additionally, I will enforce existing regulations that require all members of
Student Government to undergo diversity and inclusion training. Only some
departments of Student Government fulfilled that commitment this year, with
others simply ignoring to follow through on that commitment. That will not happen
under my watch. If we’re going to fight for diversity and inclusion, we need to mean
it and we need to show that we mean it by improving our own actions.

4. Demand an Accountability Report on University Plans to Hire Faculty of
Color

The diversity of our faculty does not begin to represent the diversity of the student
population. Based on the university’s most recent data, just 8% of our faculty are
Asian American, 4% are Hispanic, 4% are Black, and an abysmal 0.1% are Native
American. Our commitment to creating a community that promotes diversity should
be reflected in those who are hired to teach our students, and currently that is
simply not the case. Moreover, I’ll push to ensure that leading university
administrators release accountability reports on how many faculty of color are hired
and what the school is doing to hire more. The qualified candidates are out there,
now it’s time for AU to step up and hire them. We can do better when it comes to
the diversity of our faculty and I’ll ensure we do better.

5. Student government should direct full force of advocacy issues behind
supporting undocumented students.

The rights of many students on this campus have been under attack this year.
Undocumented students have been a target of national policy change. Many
students have been working hard to ensure the protection, of these students. I will
work to ensure that the university will make resources available to DACA-eligible
students, and defend those resources even if that program is allowed to expire.

Promoting Accessibility

1. Address campus buildings that don’t meet ADA Qualifications.
The Americans with Disabilities Act, passed by Congress, requires that all buildings
be accessible for all people regardless of any physical or nonphysical disabilities.
Despite this law, there are a number of buildings on AU’s campus that are not ADA
accessible, including some that don’t fall under the law’s exception for historical
buildings. The East Quad Building is the main culprit, but even Bender Arena
presents huge difficulties during graduation as it’s very challenging for disabled
individuals to reach the arena’s floor. I want to work with administrators to make
completely realistic adjustments, like the addition of a ramp outside of EQB, to
finally fix this problem.

2. Mandate the use of Subtitles in All Student Government Videos

The best way to show how seriously Student Government takes the issue of
expanding accessibility for all students is by committing to act on it. All future
Student Government videos, including those released promoting events in the Vice
President’s cabinet, should include subtitles, ensuring everyone has the ability to
understand what is being said. The videos SG produces often convey important
information, from announcement of policy changes to discussing upcoming
programming events. All students, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing,
should be able to access this information. Subtitles address that problem, and will
be used on all videos released under my leadership.

3. Online sign-up for Counseling Center and ASAC

Students currently have to go into the Counseling Center to make an appointment
in person. If you’re there because you’re struggling with anxiety, the added stress of
interpersonal interaction at a time when you need support the most, is not ideal for
many students. The option to make an appointment online is an easy way for the
school to support students with anxiety.

LGBTQIA+

1. Change the process so that students can petition for
name/pronoun changes on university documents

As of right now, requesting a name change in AU’s system is a long process that
does not always result in an actual change. Requests fall through, administrators
send you to different people, and sometimes your application is just rejected. It’s a
lengthy and difficult process when it should be anything but. This is entirely unfair
to students who do not go by the name they were given at birth. I will work to make
this process much easier for students to be able to change both their name and
their pronouns in AU’s system to go by what they prefer. A person’s identity should
be respected and accepted because it is who they are.
2. An expansion of gender neutral housing for First-Year Students

While some open gender housing exists on AU’s campus, there is definitely not
enough. Just having one hall dedicated to students who opt for open gender housing
is in no way creating the inclusive environment we need to have at AU. Most
concerning, because living and learning communities, UC programs, and the Honors
Program are housed in specific residence halls, students that choose not to identify
within the gender binary and seek gender neutral housing would not be able to
participate in these programs. That is unacceptable. If a non-binary student who
wants to participate in the Honors program also wants to live in open gender
housing, they must be able to do both. This is a major problem. I want to expand
open gender housing into more residence halls to create additional housing
opportunity for those who want it.

Student Rights

1. Creation of Know Your Rights Pamphlets

The vast majority of students at American University will never read the Conduct
Code, the document including our rights and responsibilities as students. As a
result, it’s easy for students, especially incoming students, to not be informed of
their rights when they receive a conduct violation. I will create concise pamphlets,
given out during Welcome Week to every new student, that will detail all of their
rights under the Conduct Code and when they receive a violation. New students are
not only prone to receiving conduct violations, but they’re particularly vulnerable
because they’ve just gotten to campus.

2. Student Worker Rights

Student workers at American University are essential to the everyday function of
our school. From Resident Assistants, to students who work residential and
academic front desks, to Teacher Assistants, student workers are an integral part of
this campus. As such, I want to be a fierce advocate and friend to student workers
as the next Student Government president. Additionally, I support giving student
workers the opportunity to vote on whether or not they want to form a union. The
decision to unionize is theirs, and I don’t plan on advocating for one decision over
the other. I do, however, believe they have the right to make that decision for
themselves. I will support existing efforts in the Senate, and those run by student
organizations, to organize for a vote on unionization to be held.

3. Supporting Workers Rights

While not students, the employees hired by Aramark who work in food service and
building upkeep deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. They work tirelessly
to give every student a safe, clean, and reliable campus and living environment.
Their work is often thankless and Student Government should be a source of
support for all of them. Our campus runs best when they are treated as they should
be, and I will fight constantly to make sure that happens. I will work to extend
existing benefits given to dining workers to all Aramark employees, publicly voice
concerns whenever Aramark fails to treat employees with the respect they deserve,
and work closely with the Student Workers Alliance to ensure our efforts are
coordinated.

4. Implement a Reporting System

Who do you go to when a faculty member, administrator, or a member of public
safety treats you in a way that violates AU community standards and conduct code?
We want SG to be a safe place for students to find support and allyship when they
feel their rights as a student have been violated. I will work to create a resource
guide for students that outlines their allies on campus. This will provide contact
information, specific issues and situations they handle, as well as suggested steps
for students to take in order to resolve your situation.

Veterans/ROTC

1. Priority Registration for ROTC Students

AU provides priority registration for student athletes, a policy that makes sense
given their tight schedules and demanding work load. I believe that same service
should be extended to another group of students with demanding schedules:
students involved in the ROTC program. ROTC students have an incredibly strict
schedule that they do not control and that they must adhere to. Failure to remain in
the program not only undermines their long term career aspirations, but it often
jeopardizes their place at the university. They should be able to receive priority
registration to ensure that their class schedule compliments their required ROTC
schedule. It’s an important program to students that more than deserve it, and I will
work with administrators to push for the change.

2. Amplify the Voice of Veterans and Extend Services and Benefits to Them

There are a large number of student veterans on campus, but their voices are rarely
heard and their stories often go untold. The sacrifice these individuals have made to
the United States is enormous, and they deserve to be supported by their Student
Government while at American. Student Government should reserve tickets both for
Founder’s Day and major sporting events. Additionally, their voice will be heard both
within Student Government and across campus. Whether veterans are having issues
with their lounge on campus, or they’re struggling with a particular class or
professor, they need to know that they have an ally in Student Government who is
prepared to assist them. Not only will I ensure a Director of Veterans Affairs is
appointed within Student Government, but I’ll actively use that office to ensure we
have a constant channel of communication between our organization and veterans
on campus.

Student Government Reform

1. Itemize the budget online

Responsible for over half a million dollars in student money, the Student
Government budget must be more transparent. As much as possible, students
should know, line by line, how we spend their money. Student government should
use its website to make all expenditures as transparent as they can be.

2. Weekly progress reports

In the professional world, it’s the job of a supervisor to ask about the progress their
staff has made. Here, the students are the supervisors, and Student Government is
the staff. Each week, Student Government executives should tell the student body
when they were in the office and what they got done. Some weeks will be busier
than others, but I want any student to be able to go on our website and understand
how we’re moving forward.

3. Mandate roaming office hours

I will require executives to schedule office hours around campus, at places like the
Dav and MGC, so students don’t always have to come to them, but instead the
executives go to the students.

Financial Aid/Affordability

1. Academic Access Fund

I believe in making your AU experience as affordable and accessible as possible.
Some courses require extra costs, like purchasing tickets to a play or buying art
supplies. These costs, though they may seem low to some people, could mean an
extra shift at work just to ensure a grade. That's why I've been a vocal advocate for
the academic access fund, a Student Government-sponsored program created
entirely for the purpose of funding these out-of-class expenses. While the university
should either subsidize or eliminate these costs in the long run, until then, the
academic access fund will ensure that every student can succeed in the classroom.

2. Develop a Warning System Before Aid is Cut
AU Central is notorious for being confusing, difficult to navigate, and unhelpful. One
of the biggest issues students face are the sudden and shocking decisions to reduce
their financial aid package. I want to change that practice, by working with AU
Central to develop a system where students would receive a warning in advance of
a potential reduction in their financial aid. If a student is in risk of falling below the
GPA requirement for financial aid, if a job they might take could affect their aid
package, or if changes in parental employment will affect their aid students, should
be informed ahead of time. Providing students with greater awareness and
implementing an early warning system, gives students a greater breadth of options
and empowers them to act in an informed and careful manner. AU Central doesn’t
need to be overwhelming and stressful, and that starts by engaging with students
and providing them with the information they need to succeed.

3. Personalize Financial Aid Counselors

Every student can tell you their academic counselor by name. They play a huge role
in our lives as students and we consistently come to them throughout our four years
here at American. Financial aid counselors, however, don’t operate that way.
Students aren’t assigned to a particular counselor, and as a result there’s no
consistency nor does a student have the chance to build a relationship with a
counselor who understands them and their background. That’s why I plan on
pushing for a change to the process and encouraging the university to personalize
financial aid counselors so that students stay with one counselor throughout their
time at AU. The vagueness and uncertainty of the process reduces if students
always know who to come to, and if they know that the person they’re coming to
understands them on an individual level. It works with the academic process, and I
believe it will work with financial aid as well. A student’s ability to afford American is
too important not to improve this system, and give students greater confidence
when dealing with the Office of Financial Aid.

4. Financial Aid Rights

Every student receiving any form of financial aid is entitled to certain rights like
privacy and a clear description of how AU Central determines aid package
packages. The problem is that these rights are not written, accessible, or clear. If
elected, I will work with AU Central and AU financial aid to compile a list of rights
and responsibilities for students who receive financial aid and make them accessible
to prospective, incoming, and returning students.

5. Guide to the financial aid appeals process

The appeals process for a decision made by the Office of Financial Aid is incredibly
complex and particular, and almost no information exists publicly for students going
through the process. Making a mistake during the appeals process is not something
that can be easily fixed, and it has enormous long term ramifications for the
student. I want to work with the Office of Financial Aid to produce a Student
Government developed guide to the appeals process that we can provide to every
student. The guide will break down the process step by step, be readily accessible
online, and allow students to have a firm understanding of the appeals process
before moving forward.