Online Referenda and Student Forums
Online referenda are one of the many ways you can have your say through OUSA. Whether it's about university policy or a wider issue, you can change OUSA's stance.
Online referenda are used to guide OUSA policy; it's a direct online vote allowing every University of Otago student to have their say.
Student forums provide an opportunity for students to discuss the questions that will be in the Online Referenda. You can also submit your own questions/motions for online referenda. For example, if you think OUSA should support or oppose mandatory veganism, you can submit a referendum question so that students can have a say.
Committees are a great way for you to get involved - both in making policy and in helping OUSA reach out to students. There are a wide range of committees that need all sorts of different skills so there's always one for your interests and talents. Committees commence in March of each year.
Chairperson: Norhan El Sanjak (Colleges Officer)
Members: College presidents or elected other from each college, OUSA President
Purpose: The Colleges Committee exists to share ideas between the different colleges and help set up events and competitions between the Colleges as well as to inform OUSA of the issues facing first year residents.
Chairperson: James Heath (Education Officer)
Members: Class and Divisional Representatives
Purpose: The Education Committee meets regularly to talk about academic policies and regulations. If you are interested in the academic practices of the University then volunteer to be a Class Representative, or get in touch to attend Education Committee meetings.
Chairperson: Umi Asaka (International Officer)
Purpose: The International Committee meets regularly with the International Clubs to discuss the issues of international students at Otago University. They come from a diverse range of backgrounds and utilise their skills to plan awesome International events for the wider student body. Please feel free to approach us if you have any pressing International issues, ideas, and concerns - we are here to help!
Chairperson: Cameron Meads (Administrative Vice President)
Purpose: The Policy Committee facilitates policy development at OUSA. The core function of the Committee is to draft, regularly review and recommend policy to the OUSA Executive before it is ratified by the student body at referendums.
Chairperson: Abigail Clark (Welfare Officer)
Members: Open to anyone interested
Purpose: The Welfare Committee is the place to discuss and take action on things that affect student welfare. We're in charge of things like the Women's Room and Free Scarfie Breakfasts. If you're keen on helping with these projects or have any ideas of your own on how to improve the living condition of students in Dunedin, then pop along to our meetings and help.
We want to make sure that OUSA provides the best possible service and value to students so we'll be looking at the way we do things all the time to see how we can do better. Keep an eye out on the OUSA website, facebook and Critic to see what we're looking for feedback on.
The class representative system is an avenue for encouraging communication and consultation between staff and students. Class Reps help to resolve issues that affect the entire class (or many students) and give students the chance to give both positive and negative feedback on their courses. For more info on Class Reps, click here.