GVSU Student Senate Reinstates Pledge of Allegiance
After voting last week to remove the Pledge of Allegiance from their internal operating agenda, the Grand Valley State University Student Senate has reversed that decision.
According to the students involved, the initial vote happened after several weeks of discussion. Fox 17 reported that those who wanted the pledge removed "say it doesn’t represent everyone and puts people in an uncomfortable situation when they don't want to stand." Others argued the pledge "provides an opportunity for praise or protest and shows support for the country."
After a vote of 22 to 10, the Pledge of Allegiance and Michigan State Motto would no longer be recited at meetings.
But that has changed.
The GVSU Student Senate shared in a Facebook post that "After considering feedback...we contemplated the many diverse perspectives of students and stakeholders and, through deliberate dialogue, we worked to find a solution that we believe will meet the needs of all students."
The Senate has decided to reinstate the Pledge of Allegiance, giving students the opportunity to stand or not stand. It's now back on their meeting agenda.