This page outlines what Standpoints are, and how they work. If you want to submit a standpoint or view our current standpoints, please click on one of these buttons.
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A standpoint must adhere to the following conditions before it can be considered by SUmmit Committee:
- It must not breach UK law.
- It must be in line with The SU’s charitable objectives.
- The proposal cannot be ‘Ultra Vires’ – it must adhere to the Charity Commission’s expectation of The SU (e.g. it cannot be party political - read more here).
- It must not contravene the University’s regulations or Dignity & Respect policy.
- It must not contravene The SU’s values.
- It must not contravene an existing Article of SU Governance or SU Policy.
- It must not contradict an existing SU standpoint.
- It must not mention an individual by name.
- It must not propose the creation of new SU policies, procedures, or practices that influence the operation, administration, or management of The SU.
Any existing standpoint can be ‘challenged’ by a SUmmit member, for this to occur, the following conditions must be met:
- One additional SUmmit member must support the challenge.
- The purpose of the challenge is made clear, the member and Chair must agree on either proposing a standpoint’s amendment or removal.
- The Chair must approve the challenge and agree that it will become an item at the next SUmmit.
Any existing standpoints can be amended in the following ways:
- The SU’s Board of Trustees decide to amend a standpoint
- The SUmmit makes a vote to amend an existing standpoint
- A valid referendum vote passes which requires the changing of a standpoint, in accordance with Articles 28 to 31 of The SU’s Articles of Governance, and subject to approval from the SU’s Board of Trustees.
Any existing standpoints not due to expire can be removed in the following ways:?
- A valid referendum vote passes which requires the removal of a standpoint, in accordance with Articles 28 to 31 of The SU’s Articles of Governance, and subject to approval from the SU’s Board of Trustees.
- The SUmmit makes a vote to remove an existing standpoint.
- The SU’s Board of Trustees decides to remove a standpoint.
The SU Board of Trustees will have the authority to overturn a standpoint. If a standpoint is rejected by the SU’s Board of Trustees, a written response will be sent to SUmmit to allow the proposer(s) to amend their proposal and resubmit to the SUmmit for consideration/approval.