Recent Legislation Announcement
On Friday, November 13, 2020, President McKay signed into effect:
This Bill authorizes the use of student fee dollars to fund Lyft trips for students traveling to the University Park airport, in an effort to provide free transportation for students flying home out of State College for Thanksgiving break. With few transportation resources available to students, many utilize rideshare services such as Lyft. In 2017, the University partnered with Lyft, making it one of its official rideshare services. The President appreciates the commitment of the UPUA’s General Assembly for providing reduced-cost transportation in an unprecedented time. Bill #10-15 was introduced by Representatives Jordan and Garry.
This Resolution supports the increase of legal action against the tenants of 329 E Prospect Ave — specifically, the naming of the property as a nuisance property — by the State College Borough and the Penn State administration. The Resolution follows an email sent by Penn State’s Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims and State College’s Borough Manager Tom Fontaine warned students and their families in an email that the house and its residents were fraudulently posing as an active fraternity.
Over Halloween weekend, the property’s residents held a large gathering which resulted in the dispicable mistreatment of an underaged female student. The student was found lying on a nearby sidewalk, intoxicated and unconscious, left there by the organizers of the party.
President Zachary McKay said, “I am grateful to have the Assembly join me in condemning the actions taken by the residents of 329 East Prospect Avenue. The residents’ continued irresponsibility and misrepresentation pose a serious and dangerous threat to the entire State College community.” The Resolution was sponsored by Representatives Dougherty and Jordan.
This Resolution recognizes and celebrates Veterans Day, honors the sacrifices and heroism of veterans, and supports the Penn State Student Veterans Organization (PSUVO). November 11th — Veterans Day — is regarded as a day of reflection to commemorate U.S. veterans for their service and sacrifice.
The Resolution, sponsored by Representatives Rodriguez, Boas, McColgan, and Reynolds, disseminates the following information and resources in an effort to aid student veterans during their pursuit of education of an education at Penn State:
Penn State University Veteran’s Organization (PSUVO)
A student organization for veterans
Meets every Thursday at 8:00 PM at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Club Building (139 N Barnard Street, State College, PA 16801)
Penn State Office of Veterans Programs
Can provide help with the GI Bill
325 Boucke Building
VA Outpatient Clinic, State College Office
Adult Learner Programs and Services
135 Boucke Building
President Zachary McKay said of Penn State’s student veterans in his Veterans Day Message, “Their service to our country and to this University provide me with a terrific sense of pride, and I am truly grateful to have them at this institution.” In signing Resolution #41-15, the McKay-Pathickal Administration furthers its commitment to honoring our nation’s veterans and enhancing student life for those recently transitioning from a life of military service to one of academic scholarship at Penn State.
On Thursday, November 19, 2020, President McKay signed into effect:
This Resolution supports the Transgender Day of Remembrance and Transgender Visibility Week, as well as other efforts by the Penn State community to uplift the transgender community and create a safe and inclusive environment for transgender individuals.
As the Resolution states, “numerous advocacy groups have reported the rise in violence against transgender individuals. The Human Rights Campaign has kept data since 2015 about the murders of transgender people. In 2020 alone, the United State has seen ‘at least 34 transgender or gender non-conforming people fatally shot or killed by other violent means, the majority of which were Black and Latinx transgender women.’ Often, these stories go unreported or misreported.”
The President recognizes the importance of elevating these unheard stories, as well as Penn State’s responsibility to build a more inclusive, celebratory, and just community on our campus. He is grateful for the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity’s efforts to make this a reality, and for the General Assembly’s commitment to support those efforts.