It’s over to students to decide if all society AGMs should be a sober event in an alcohol-free venue, and if Leeds University Union should lobby the University to introduce content notes for lectures and readings to give students the heads up on any sensitive content.
All students get to decide if these ideas should pass or fail from Tuesday 08 May until Friday 11 May. Students can vote online by visiting luu.org.uk and linking through from the homepage.
For the ideas to pass quorum 1,500 students need to vote.
The first idea - ‘should society AGMs be a sober event in an alcohol-free venue’ - was proposed by Activities officer Jess Bassett, and the second idea - ‘should the University introduce content notes for lectures and readings’ - was proposed by a student and will be presented by Welfare Officer Chloe Sparks.
If the ideas pass, Jess will work with societies and the Student Activity team to ensure society annual general meetings are alcohol-free and the Union will lobby the University to introduce content notes.
Union Affairs Officer Jack Palmer said:
'Usually ideas don't go to referendum because our student panel all agree on them, this means that views were really split on these ideas and every member of LUU gets to have a vote on it! That's why it's really important that you express your views on issues which are relevant to your experience at University and shape the work of your Union, get involved!'
The Ideas were initially submitted and heard by a panel of 16 randomly selected students. They were unable to come to a 75% majority decision. therefore following Union bye-laws, the ideas were put to the full student body to be decided on.
If the Ideas pass, they will become Union policy for three years.
The Union are currently looking for students who would like to present the ‘no’ argument for these ideas. If any students are interested, they can get in touch with the Democracy team on LUU.SLC@leeds.ac.uk
Students can find out more about the Union’s democratic process by visiting luu.org.uk/representation
Should the Uni introduce content notes full idea information here: https://classic.luu.org.uk/referenda/motion/39/88/
Should all society AGMs be a sober event in an alcohol free venue full information here: https://classic.luu.org.uk/referenda/motion/39/87/