Policy prevents trip from receiving funds
and Matt Turner
The African Heritage Organizations service trip
to Kenya is over before the plane ever left the ground.
A TCU policy prohibits faculty, staff and students from
using university funds to travel to countries with State
Department-issued travel warnings, said Jay Zeidman,
president of the Student Government Association.
The U.S. Department of State issued a warning in September
encouraging Americans to avoid all non-essential travel
to Kenya because of terrorist threats in the region.
Jonathan Ogujiofor, the adviser for AHO, said he was
not aware of the warning until it was too late.
I would rather the policy be reconsidered or re-planned,
Ogujiofor said. He said he will meet with Don Mills,
vice chancellor for Student Affairs, today to discuss
AHOs trip to Israel last year was canceled for
the same reason, Ogujiofor said.
The House of Student Representatives gave AHO $14,208
last week to help pay for the trip. Those funds will
be returned to SGA, said Treasurer David Watson.
Zeidman called the news unfortunate and
said SGA wishes AHO the best in accomplishing its goal.
The students were planning to help build a school in
Kenya and roof an orphanage, Ogujiofor said.
These are things that can be done later if we
dont get to Kenya now, Ogujiofor said.