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Board Delays Ruling on Tech Appeal

Joint GSC, UA Board Considering ASA Ruling Stripping Tech of Office Space

By Nathan Collins


The first-ever meeting of a joint Undergraduate Association/Graduate Student Council judicial board failed to reach a decision expected Thursday night on a Tech appeal of an Association of Student Activities ruling.

Board chair Hettithanthrige S. Wijesinghe G said that he believes a meeting scheduled for Sunday “will be sufficient” to reach a decision.

Wijesinghe declined to comment on what decision the board might come to, but indicated that the ASA decision might be repealed, upheld, or possibly sent back to the ASA for reconsideration. If the ASA decision is upheld, The Tech will lose room W20-477, currently occupied by The Tech’s business office.

Thursday’s meeting followed a hearing last Sunday in which the ASA and The Tech presented oral arguments before the board to supplement previously submitted written arguments.

The UA/GSC judicial board was organized in response to The Tech’s appeal of the ASA decision. While both the UA and the GSC have appeals procedures, this is the first joint judicial meeting.

Fairness of process questioned

Student governments are confident that the board will come to a fair conclusion.

“We put six people on the committee to look at evidence and come to a fair decision,” said UA President Jaime E. Devereaux ’02.

GSC President Dilan A. Seneviratne said that the GSC was “confident that [the board] will reach a fair decision.”

ASA President Alvar Saenz Otero G said that “[the ASA] has to first give the board a chance to see the whole picture,” before deciding if the review process is fair.

Tech Chairman Jordan Rubin ’01 said that Sunday’s hearing was the “first time the process seemed to get back on track.” Rubin had previously expressed concerns about a lack of due process in ASA rulings regarding The Tech but was hopeful that the UA/GSC board’s ruling would be fair.

The decision to sanction The Tech came after a series of advertisements printed during Orientation were deemed a violaton of ASA recruiting policies.

The UA/GSC judicial board was formed at this fall’s ASA general body meeting on September 25. The board consists of six members: J. Alan Groff G, Johnny T. Yang ’04, Leah S. Schmelzer ’02, Adrienne F. Yandell ’05, Chair Wijesinghe, and Souleymane Kachani G.