Remember my post about NU’s strange ban on candidate promotion at the Rock, arguably the most popular spot on campus for activism? University counsel has apparently “reinterpreted its policy” (but no, the policy has NOT changed!). Until Feb. 5, we can promote our candidates to our hearts’ content:
ASG Clerk James D’Angelo updated the Senate on his work with the general counsel, which agreed to allow all ASG-recognized groups to reserve The Rock and rally for political candidates, an issue he has been working on since Fall Quarter. The Communication junior will continue to work with the general counsel to update NU’s political activity policy, which currently prohibits the use of university resources to promote political candidates because of NU’s tax-exempt status.
“They agree the policy was pretty poorly written,” D’Angelo said.
But the general counsel has not changed its current policy. Instead it is changing its interpretation of the policy to not include The Rock as part of “university resources,” so student groups can rally before the Feb. 5 Illinois presidential primary, D’Angelo said.
Nice move, NU. How about you extend your commitment to free expression beyond the next, uh, 120 hours?
In other news, I’m hearing rumors from staff in the Office of Student Affairs that the student handbook will be completely rewritten before the next academic year. Could this mean improvement is on the way? Will Prof. Jon Gould and LB be invited to give input to ensure the new rules aren’t unconstitutional? I wouldn’t bet on it.