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Students appointed to Office of Student Rightsa and Advocacy

Published: October 31, 2008
Section: News

Four students have been appointed to the Office of Student Rights and Advocacy, the office’s director Laura Cohen ’09 explained.

The Office of Student Rights and Advocacy was formed at the beginning of October by Union President Jason Gray ’10 to provide peer advisory services for students.

The new members include Coordinator for Academic Integrity Vanessa Kerr ’11, Coordinator for Residence Life Anna Hanley ’11, Coordinator for Campus Safety Brandon Chu ’09 and Coordinator for Speech and Protest and Senator for Class of 2011 Lev Hirschhorn.

“Every undergraduate was allowed to apply,” Cohen explained. “We were looking to put a lot of younger kids in…we want people to continue the office” after Cohen and Gray graduate.

“Each of them will be handling issues in their own office,” Cohen commented.

Kerr explained in an e-mail, “OSRA wants to ensure that all students on campus are aware of what their rights are as members of the Brandeis community, in order to make informed decisions and to be adequately educated if ever faced with the judicial process.”

She added, “as the Coordinator for Academic Integrity, I will be able to function as a resource not only for students facing the judicial process for matters of academic honesty, but also to educate students concerning what Brandies means by ‘academic integrity’ and which actions are considered in violation of University standards.”

Hanley, whose position deals with residence life issues, commented via e-mail, “I think this position is important because if students have a problem with damage billing, or are unsure of their rights pertaining to dorms and residential life, I, along with the committee, am there to inform and help them in the process.”