Students’ Union Policies
Policy can only be repealed or amended by the body that set it, or by a more senior body. For example, policy set by the Executive Committee can be changed by the Executive Committee or SU Council. Policy set by SU Council can only be repealed by SU Council or a referendum. Finally, policy agreed by referendum can only be repealed or changed by referendum.
Many policies are agreed by the Executive Committee or SU Council. Many of those policies are related to changing events such as support for a local mental health campaign and are fulfilled on a regular basis. Policies which are agreed by referendum are usually associated with national campaigns.
The following policies have been agreed by referendum in recent years:
Passed March 2015
The Students’ Union has adopted a position supporting thelegalisationand regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis.
Passed March 2014
The Students’ Union has a policy of supporting couples of the same gender availing of civil marriage.
Following the national referendum in May 2015, this policy has been fulfilled.
Students’ Union Position on the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel
Passed March 2014
The Students’ Union adopted a position in support of the campaign of “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel” (BDS Campaign).
Passed March 2013
The Students’ Union has a Pro-Choice position in support of the national campaign for full reproductive rights, which includes a woman’s right to abortion, whether elective or medically necessary.
Passed March 2012
The Students’ Union is mandated to oppose any invitation to members of various organisations to speak at the University.
More information on Students’ Union Policies is available HERE