The University of Manchester is trying to create new regulations that mean “a student may be liable for disciplinary action in respect of conduct that damages the University’s relationship or reputation with its local communities”.
This policy is based on the premise that students are separate to the ‘community’, a divisive idea that does not recognise students as residents of, and contributors to, their local community. It is also a paternalistic approach which only recognises students as members of the University and discounts their autonomy as citizens. The University is an educational institution, not a civil court and should not try to act as a disciplinary body for how people behave as residents.
The decision to implement these regulations will be taken at University Senate – a body of academics responsible for the quality of our education and how it is regulated. We are calling on the members of this body not to treat students in this way, and to treat our members like adults in their communities. The University of Manchester should not act as police on our students in their homes. As the SU Exec team, we will be speaking against this proposal on June 25th, but we need all the help we can get if we’re going to stop it passing.
So what can you do to help?
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and of course we’ll keep you updated on progress. We hope you all have amazing summers.
The Exec team
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