Student gov at Florida college passes anti-drones resolution with support of campus police

Timothy Dionisopoulos
Former Reporter

The student government at Santa Fe College (SFC) in Gainesville, Florida, voted 18-4 last week for a resolution that denounced the use of militarized Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) on their campus.

The student government a Florida school passed an anti-drone resolution last week.

The resolution, cleared on April 3, was sponsored by the Santa Fe College chapter of the libertarian student group, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL).

YAL member and SFC student senator Colby Cashion warned Campus Reform of the dangers he perceives drones could pose to student’s civil liberties on campus.

“Civil liberties of students should be a basic tenant of every college's student government and this resolution was simply an example of that,” he said. “Military style drones that are used for surveilling [sic] students are a clear violation of rights guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.

“I'm happy that the student senate at Santa Fe College recognized that,” he added.

SFC Police Chief Ed Book also threw his support behind the resolution, saying he did not intend to follow the example of other campus police departments that have attempted to acquire drones.

“This is great that they are forward thinking and talking about technology today and thinking ahead about the way that may impact the college campus,” he told Campus Reform.  “[T]he position is there no intent for Santa Fe College to use now or in the immediate future drones.”

Josh Norris, the President of SFC YAL, told Campus Reform the group was inspired by Sen. Rand Paul’s anti-drones March filibuster as well as a similar resolution passed at Fresno State.

“There was a little debate but they resolved it and it passed with a pretty good majority,” he said Norris.

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Timothy Dionisopoulos

Timothy Dionisopoulos

Former Reporter
Tim Dionisopoulos is a former reporter for Campus Reform and communications editor in the Leadership Institute's Campus Leadership Program. Tim joined Campus Reform in the summer of 2011, and his stories were cited or re-posted on the Daily Mail, the Drudge Report, Fox News, and other national media outlets. Tim graduated in 2011 from Providence College in Rhode Island where he was politically active on campus and in the community.
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