College passes ID initiative
By Rebeka Silva
Miami Dade College’s North Campus will implement a new regulation requiring students to display college-issued identification at all times.
The decision was made on Nov. 23, 2009, when the Student Government Association discussed the I.D. initiative at an executive board meeting.
The measure is still being structured, but the College hopes to implement it by this summer, according to North Campus Dean of Students Malou Harrison.
According to e-board's minutes, the written record of the meeting, “the majority of five e-board members voted for the school I.D. initiative.” Four members voted against it.
When an e-board member wishes to introduce an initiative, they must propose it during their meeting. Then, the e-board members—except the president—vote whether or not to continue with the project.
“The reason we’re doing this is because we want to make sure that these are our students and we can identify them,” said North Campus SGA President Juliette Llado. “[The school is] open to the public, but when it’s disrupting our classrooms, our students and our professors, then there’s an issue.”
Llado, who is leading the initiative, said the campus is having problems with non-students loitering, and this is a short-term, low budget solution.
SGA parliament member Timur Kuzibaev was one of the E-board members who voted against the initiative. He believes the proposal was rushed.
“The proposal was presented last minute. We didn’t have the time to look over it or give our input,” Kuzibaev said. “It was one of those things where we had to vote now; we voted on the proposal within 10 minutes.”
Kuzibaev also pointed out that if more time were allowed, a better proposal could have been constructed.
After being passed by SGA, the initiative was presented to the campus’ administrative staff who “unanimously embraced it,” Harrison said.
Harrison, who is a strong supporter, said that when the initiative becomes mandatory, “it will not be an overnight endeavor” because of the size of the campus.
Sociology professor David Demko agrees with “anything that would benefit a learning environment,” but thinks the measure is overbearing.
“If we just ask to see the college I.D. of those on campus who are being disruptive or causing a disturbance for whatever reason, then we don’t need this.” Demko said. “In this financial austerity, it wouldn’t make sense to require everyone on campus to have a visible I.D. because then you need to provide some sort of lanyard or badge to place the I.D. in.”
Some students feel the measure would force students to abide by high school type rules.
“The proposal itself is not a bad idea,” Kuzibaev said, “but making the students wear an I.D, I think, is a little bit childish. It’s unnecessary, that’s something you should be doing in high school.”
Kuzibaev said that although he does not feel the initiative will be as successful as anticipated, he will wear his I.D. in support of the E-board.
Harrison said initiatives like this are spreading through many colleges and universities throughout the country.
“It’s not about a ‘high school’ thing,” Harrison said. “We want to know who is on our campus and why.”
For the initiative, to succeed, everyone must collaborate, Harrison said.
“[SGA members] and faculty are already wearing their I.D. [cards], and it hasn’t even been made mandatory yet, so that really shows people are on board,” Harrison added.
Although Demko finds it unnecessary to mandate the initiative, he does agree that students need a campus that is a proper academic environment.
“All we have to use is common sense,” Demko said, “and to coin a phrase, ‘we don’t need no stinking badge!”
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