SA addresses gender-inclusivity

The Students’ Association indefinitely postponed a resolution supporting gender-inclusive housing efforts at South Dakota State at its Monday meeting.

The postponement of the resolution, 16-04-R, means senators neither voted in favor nor against the resolution. They did not take a vote on the resolution.

Prior debate for the resolution showed a split between senators’ positions on the matter.

Many community members attended the meeting, including the Honors Hall Government.

Honors Hall is where gender-neutral bathrooms are proposed to address inclusivity efforts and a shortage of male bathrooms in the hall. It was this proposal that sparked the gender-inclusive housing efforts resolution.

Toby Mallmann, the Honors Hall Government president, represented the group. Mallmann presented survey results from the hall government asking Honors residents’ opinions on gender-neutral bathrooms.

The survey was split in responses between the second and third floors of the hall. On second floor, 27 residents were against gender-neutral bathrooms, 10 were neutral and six residents were in favor. On third floor, nine residents were against it, 10 were neutral and 16 were for it.

After 16-04-R was tabled indefinitely, SA had its first reading of 16-05-R: SDSU Students’ Association support for inclusivity efforts by SDSU Residential Life.

16-05-R does not specifically mention the proposal in Honors Hall. Instead, it is a general resolution in support of inclusivity efforts, such as gender-neutral bathrooms, across campus by Residential Life.

This resolution will be discussed at the next SA meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 in the Lewis and Clark Room of The Union.