The Texas A&M University-San Antonio Student Government Association passed the “Counseling Conservation Act of 2022” on Nov. 2.
The act requests reconsideration of the Student Counseling Center resources from university administration.
The resolution states the SCC does not meet the International Accreditation of Counseling Services recommendation of one licensed clinician for every 1000-1500 students.
Furthermore, the resolution shines a light on the university’s decision to relocate the SCC to the vacant space left by the University Police Department.
In an interview on Nov. 8, SGA president Jacob Goldstein explained the university’s decision regarding the “Counseling Conservation Act of 2022.”
“The university has expressed they will not reconsider the currently planned venue for the Student Counseling Center,” Goldstein said.
Goldstein explained the many factors why relocating the SCC would be damaging.
“Our enrollment has grown from 6,800 to over 7,300 in the past year while under this same time period, the number of on-campus counselors has shrunk from five licensed clinicians to four,” he said. “This factor couples with relocating to the current UPD space containing smaller scalability.”
Goldstein said in response, SGA will be engaging with the university to “explore” and “identify” their options to structurally reconfigure the vacant space left by the UPD in the near future.