At the close of nominations on Friday, DUSA had received 12 motions to go forward for our referendum process. We will be arranging a debate in Dalhousie Lecture Theatre 3 on Wednesday the 26th of March at 6pm where students can debate these motions.
If any student or student society would like formally oppose any of the motions, we will provide the same support for any opposition campaigns as we will for the proposers’ campaigns. If you or your society would like to oppose a motion please contact me on email@example.com by Sunday the 16th of March at 5pm. If a number of students or societies wish to oppose a motion we will arrange for you to contact each other to work together.
The motions are as follows:
DUSA will declare its support for equality on it’s web page and actively campaigns against misogyny, racism, classism, ableism, transphobia, homophobia, other discrimination against sexual minorities, ageism and xenophobia. DUSA would be required to display posters aimed at educating, thwarting forms of discrimination, and promoting support services on campus next to their current posters which market events.
DUSA will include rape awareness and rape prevention leaflets in the freshers week packs. These leaflets will explain consent, the circumstances under which consent can/cannot be obtained, and what is not acceptable behaviour in clubs (i.e involuntary touching). These leaflets will not engage in victim blaming (the premise that the victim’s clothing, soberity or other factors justify why they were assaulted).
DUSA will conduct annual polls to gauge the level of discrimination on campus and have these findings included as data in the freshers week pack. The aim of this is to show that Dundee is actively trying to reduce discrimination on campus with time.
DUSA will make all single user toilets it controls on campus genderless and lobby the University to do the same. Disabled toilets will remain unchanged.
Gendered multi user toilets DUSA controls will feature a sign saying “All trans*, genderqueer and cis users welcome”. Information on gender terminology will be made available on campus.
DUSA will declare that it opposes discrimination and victimisation against sex workers (commonly termed whorephobia) via it’s website and other media outlets.
Songs, such as “Blurred Lines”, that are considered to be potentially triggering of PTSD will be considered for being banned from playing within the Union should a request be sent to DUSA. Responsibility to deciding on a ban will lie with the VPSW and DUSA President and they must publish an explanation of why they reached their decision. Disagreement between the VPSW and President will result in the song being banned.
All gender boxes on forms distributed by DUSA will contain a third option, or an ‘other’ box. DUSA will also actively campaign for this to be the case University-wide.
DUSA will actively combat ‘lad culture’ – something which is harmful to the student body, and make sure its future endeavours do not contribute to it.
DUSA will pay all it’s staff under the age of 21 at least the equivalent of the minimum wage for people aged >21 years old. The feasibility of this action will be reviewed semesterly until it is deemed affordable by the board.
Insofar as is legally possible DUSA will implement this motion
Dundee University Students Association notes:
That the State of Israel continues an illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories – the West Bank and Gaza Strip – an illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip, and enacts a system of Apartheid that has been described as “far worse than Apartheid South Africa” by the chair of the African National Council (ANC), the ruling party in South Africa.
That the aforementioned state is responsible for widespread and ongoing human rights abuses against the local Palestinian population; including the destruction of homes, theft of land and water resources, arbitrary imprisonment without trial, torture of prisoners, systematic segregation, and the construction of Jewish-Only settlements on occupied Palestinian land.
That the actions of this state are in violation of international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights & the Charter of the United Nations. The construction of Israeli settlements and Apartheid Segregation Wall has been deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice, the UN Security Council res 242, and the UK government.
That, as noted by Nelson Mandela, the Israeli occupation reflects the former apartheid government of South Africa through the daily breach of Palestinian human rights. The South African Apartheid System was itself brought to an end in part due to an effective and global boycott campaign.
That, the human rights group Amnesty International published a report on the 27th of February 2014 accusing the Israeli army of using excessive force in the West Bank, killing dozens in the past three years in what might constitute a war crime.
That, in 2005, Palestinian civil society called for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law, allowing the realization of Palestinian rights. A truly global movement against Israeli Apartheid is rapidly emerging in response to this call.
That fundamental human rights and international law should be acknowledged and adhered to by states and businesses.
Just as individual sanctions against apartheid in South Africa led ultimately to its demise there, so individual and collective sanctions against the state of Israel will end apartheid and suffering in Palestine.
To ensure that products sold by this union were neither grown nor produced within occupied Palestinian territories, nor by companies which are complicit in the occupation of Palestinian territories
To resist, insofar as legislative considerations permit, any action or commercial transaction that gives political or economic support to the State of Israel and corporation’s directly complicit in its violations of international law
To endorse the global BDS movement against the state of Israel until it ends the occupation, complies with international law, recognizes the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality, and respects the Palestinian Right of Return as stipulated in the United Nations General Assembly Resolution #194 [http://www.bdsmovement.net/call].
Furthermore, DUSA shall henceforth follow the precedent already set by other Scottish Students’ Associations such as Edinburgh and Glasgow Caledonian and formally endorse the Palestinian Right to Education Campaign [http://www.right2edu.org].
This resolution and information within shall be permanently displayed on DUSA’s website in an area accessible to students and public.
Insofar as is legally possible DUSA will implement the following motion:
Based on the portfolio from the 1st, October, 2013, the University of Dundee is investing in BP, Royal Dutch Shell (more commonly known as Shell), and BG group. All of these are oil and gas producers, and it seems that Dundee invests around 1.4 million pounds in this industry.
This petition is part of a UK-wide campaign led by students of People and Planet and requests that our Universities stop investing in fossil fuels. The choice not to invest in fossil fuels, given the amount of money invested by UK universities, may have actual effects on the future of energy. Already the campaign has gathered roughly 230 signatures from Students of The University of Dundee (please review the attached petition).
This Union Notes:
That the University of Dundee has public commitments to tackling climate change and furthermore, the principal has signed a policy for Climate Change Commitment (please review attached files).
That the University of Dundee has an endowment of £23,116,000 including investments in fossil fuel companies including BP, Shell and BG group, totaling at least £1,400,000.
That BP and Shell are among the world’s 200 largest fossil fuel companies, by proven carbon reserves, and that these reserves are well in excess of the amount of carbon that can be safely burned to have a chance of staying below 2C of global warming.
CarbonTracker’s “Unburnable Carbon” 2013/12 report which highlights the overvaluation of fossil fuel reserves and the huge financial risks of investing in fossil fuels.
That People & Planet, in partnership with 350.org and others, has launched a Fossil Free UK campaign, calling on UK higher education institutions to divest from fossil fuels and sever their links with these companies.
That 6 higher education institutions in the United States in addition to 17 Cities and numerous faith groups have already committed to divesting from fossil fuels for both moral and financial reasons.
This Union Believes:
- That we are running out of time to keep global warming below 2C above pre-industrial levels- the limit for ensuring a safe and stable future for the economy, the planet and all people on it, as recently outlined in the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report.
- That the fossil fuel industry, by extracting, processing, promoting and facilitating the use of, selling and profiting from fossil fuels, as well as by having a major influence on government policy, is complicit in causing climate change and its catastrophic impacts.
- That we must do everything in our power to rapidly reduce the global use of fossil fuels and expand clean energy alternatives.
- That our university should be a role model in society, acting responsibly and helping create a safe future that is better for everyone.
- That the University of Dundee’s investments in the fossil fuel industry undermine its commitment to tackling climate change and fulfilling their climate change commitment.
- That the University of Dundee’s commitment to tackling climate change should extend to its investment portfolio, as well as its own operations and research priorities.
- That the University of Dundee’s environmental policies should include an Ethical Investment policy and a Green Education Declaration.
This Union Resolves:
- To mandate the DUSA Executive to coordinate and put resources toward a high-profile Fossil Free campaign around fossil fuel divestment on campus, including the dissemination of information about The University of Dundee’sinvestments and the companies it invests.
- To mandate the relevant DUSA Executive to request quarterly updates of the Universities investment portfolio.
- To mandate the DUSA Executive to lobby for and secure student representation on all university investment committees.
- For the DUSA Executive to lobby the university to end all future investments in fossil fuel companies and to divest from fossil fuel industry companies immediately.
- To mandate the DUSA Executive to lobby the Careers Service to ensure no fossil fuel companies are allowed to recruit potential graduates onto campus and to lobby for the provision by the Careers Service of ethical careers advice.
- To mandate the DUSA Executive to actively work with People & Planet and other external organizations involved in fossil fuel divestment and related campaigns.
- To support and encourage other student unions to submit similar policies and launch their own Fossil Free campaigns.