Illinois Student Senate may revamp cheating policy

As a new semester begins, a new set of executive committee members from the Illinois Student Senate discuss current issues concerning students on campus.

From Aug. 10-12, members of ISS attended the Association for Big Ten Students conference in Iowa City, Iowa, to gather with other student-body leaders across the Midwest.

Newly elected student body president Brock Gebhardt said, “The ABTS is a great way for us to set goals, share ideas and learn from others’ experiences.”

During the meeting, a report of ABTS affairs will be discussed and shared with the group.

Members will also begin discussing changing the language written for the University’s cheating policy, which was proposed by the vice chancellor.

“We will be opening a debate on how easy it should be for professors to accuse students of cheating,” Gebhardt said. “This will be a very contentious issue that affects the welfare of all students.”

The position of vice president-internal will be up for election.

“There has been a lot of volatility in the last few weeks that will come to a head at this meeting and will hopefully be an easy and formal transition of power,” said Jim Maskeri, senior and LAS senator.

Maskeri was appointed as the coordinator to represent the shared government over the summer as students left for vacation. In the meeting this week, he will give a report outlining his summer activity and policies recommended for moving forward.