Preventing Censorship in SUSU (1314P17)
Status: Active | Zone: Democracy
Passed: 14/05/2014 |
This policy was discussed at the following meetings:
- That a number of incidences involving censorship have occurred within SUSU over the last 3 years.
- The importance and great work of SUSU’s media groups: The Edge, Wessex Scene, SUSUtv and Surge Radio.
- The Union’s Values of ‘Student-Led’, and ‘Transparent’.
- Full and honest debate occurs at many Union meetings, including (but not limited to): General Meetings, Open Council, Union Council, Zone Committees, other Zone meetings, on Sabbatical Blogs, or within SUSU Media content.
- In robust and fair accountability for all Union Officers, through a variety of different platforms.
- SUSU should encourage full and honest debates regarding a wide range of issues.
- In order for robust and fair accountability to be properly implemented, full and honest debate to explore issues is necessary.
- SUSU should always offer students a full range of views on issues and encourage them to form their own opinions.
- Members should be free to voice their opinions on a range of issues without fear of being muted.
- Limiting full and honest debate on any platform goes against SUSU’s Value of Transparency.
- To prohibit censorship, unless the words used are grossly offensive or contravene the law.
- Nothing should be rejected or removed from any items submitted or discussed at General Meetings, Open Council, Union Council, Zone Committees, other Zone meetings, or on Sabbatical Blogs unless it is grossly offensive or goes against the law. This does not preclude the recommendation, in agreement with the submitter, to refer the item to another body.
- Nothing should be reworded from any items submitted or discussed at General Meetings, Open Council, Union Council, Zone Committees, other Zone meetings, or on Sabbatical Blogs without the permission of the author, and the author has the final say on re-wording.
- Disputes on matters covered by this Policy are to be resolved by the Union President.
- Grossly offensive is defined as language which is derogatory, discriminatory or illegal.
- Items considered spam, at the discretion of the Union President, will not be covered by this Policy.
- SUSU Media Editors and Station Managers will retain editorial powers over the rejection, removal or rewording of their respective published media, in accordance with the Media Code of Conduct and media groups’ own comments policies.
- Union President and VP Democracy and Creative Industries, working as part of the Democracy Zone and thoroughly informed by student consultation, to create a procedure in which this Policy’s Resolves can be carried out following the letter and spirit of this Policy.
- Union President and VP Democracy and Creative Industries to submit the procedure created under Mandates (1) to a meeting of Union Council by the end of the first term of the academic year 2014-15 which will clearly state how this policy will be implemented.