MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE EMERGENCY MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2018 AT 4.20PM HELD IN THE CLUBS AND SOCIETIES CENTRE ACTIVITIES HALL, ALBANY STREET, DUNEDIN
Cam Meads (Chair), Caitlin Barlow-Groome, Sam Smith, Abigail Clark, James Heath, Tiana Mihaere, Umi Asaka, Norhan El Sanjak, Dermot Frengley, Josh Smith and Roger Yan
Debbie Downs (Chief Executive Officer), Donna Jones (Minute Secretary), Joel MacManus (Critic Editor), Charlie O’Mannin (Critic News Editor) and 150 OUSA members.
VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE
This meeting was called to address the ultimatum delivered to Josh Smith, Recreation Officer to address his behaviour over the media coverage for the Protest being organised.
In the previous executive meeting he was asked to apologise to the Proctor, make a public apology to Caitlin and OUSA and remove OUSA signage from the media coverage unless approved and remove the Petition to remove Dave Scott as it appears linked to the Protest.
Josh chose not to apologise to Dave Scott. He apologised for speaking to the media without consent and breaking OUSA protocol but insisted the processes are not agile on a political level. He was keen to gather interest and build on support of the students he was representing as the coverage was gathering momentum.
He agreed to remove OUSA signage from the petition as the Executive never approved it. He also agreed there wouldn’t be a demand made for the Proctor to resign now. Josh reiterated Dave Scott is a nice guy and they accepted his apology.
Some of the Executive expressed their objection to Josh going ‘rogue’ and undercutting Caitlin.
Caitlin accepted the apology from Josh and agreed to support the Protest tomorrow.
The protest will start at the corner of Dundas and Castle Street’s and go to the Proctors office. Dave Scott will address them and they will present him with a Proctor code of conduct from the North Dunedin residents. Josh offered to bring a draft copy of the proposed Code of Conduct, the executive declined to support the Code of Conduct.
511/18 THAT the OUSA Executive supports the Protest, expressing our explicit objection to the Proctor’s actions and calling the University to make systematic and cultural change.
Moved from the Chair
512/18 THAT Donna Jones be granted speaking rights for the duration of this meeting.
513/18 THAT OUSA pursues removing the Proctor and Campus Watch’s off-campus disciplinary powers.
The OUSA members were thanked for their polite attendance.
Student General Meeting - next Wednesday at 1pm in the Main Common Room
Meeting – Professor Harlene Hayne will be in attendance to answer questions at the meeting scheduled for 4 October in the Main Common Room. All encouraged to attend and ask questions.
Meeting closed at 4.47pm
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