How do you remove a Sabb officer?

Anonymous submitted on

Thursday 25th October 2018


Following recent events I think people are really starting to doubt who is representing us in the Student Union. The focus is primarily on Emily Dawes’ disgusting remark. I believe we need a vote in order to decide if we want Emily Dawes to continue representing us. How is this possible? I hope you don’t just ignore this, but then again our VP for Democracy publicly supported her views so who knows if she is just going to protect her...


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Steve Gore submitted on

Thursday 20th December 2018


Hi Anon,

Thank you for your suggestion, and apologies for the length of time it has taken to conclude this You Make Change.

The Students' Union has always been clear that we do not support Emily's comment in question as we recognise that it was deeply insensitive and inappropriate. Following on from the incident, SUSU carried out an internal investigation into whether there was a breach of our HR policy at which point Emily made the decision to resign from her post. Unfortunately due to the confidential nature of these proceedings this is all I know and this is also all I am legally allowed to disclose. We will always challenge extremist or inflammatory language where we find it, in line with our rules and procedures.

With regards to removing sabbatical officers, there are 3 ways in which this can happen - 2 of which can remove an officer during their term. Firstly, sabbatical officers can be voted out by the student body if they are running for re-election in a second term. Secondly, sabbatical officers can have their position terminated if they are found to be in breach of our internal HR policies. Thirdly, sabbatical officers can be recalled by Union Senate on the recommendation of a student disciplinary panel. Union Senate is an elected body of students that exists to hold sabbatical officers to account, and if sabbatical officers are recalled from their elected position in this way they would be unable to continue as a member of staff in their current capacity. Our Vice President Democracy and Creative Industries would have no decision making powers any of these processes aside from her vote on senate so would be unable to "protect" another sabbatical officer from being held to account.

If you have any further concerns regarding this please feel free to email me at

Best wishes,

Steve Gore, Acting President