Student Referendums

Students’ Union Referendum - Result

Two all-student votes (referendums) took place Monday 10 Dec, 8am-10pm on QOL to determine the opinion of the membership on two proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Students’ Union.

Proposal 1
Do you support the proposal to amend the Students’ Union Constitution to introduce a Part-Time Irish Language Officer?

Agree: 1137 (76.44%)
Disagree: 334 (22.46%)
Abstain: 16 (1.10%)

1,487 students voted in this Referendum, representing 6.15% of eligible voters.

The proposal is carried and is deemed to be a valid expression of the views of the members of the Union.

Proposal 2
Do you support the proposal to amend the Students’ Union Constitution to introduce a Part-Time Trans Students' Officer?

Agree: 709 (64.63%)
Disagree: 360 (32.82%)
Abstain: 28 (2.55%)

1,097 students voted in this Referendum, representing 4.54% of eligible voters.

The proposal is carried and is deemed to be a valid expression of the views of the members of the Union.

What is a Referendum?

Referendums are All-Student Votes and give you the ultimate say in the big decisions in your Students’ Union.

Any student can call (and vote in) a Referendum – the highest decision-making body in the Union.

If you have a campaign that you want the student body to support, you can demand that a Referendum is held, by either:

  • Getting the signatures of 2.5% of the student population at Queen’s
  • Asking Student Council to call a Referendum

A Referendum can also be demanded getting signatures of 300 students. If you demand that a Referendum is held with 300 signatures, the result will only be advisory and cannot change the Union’s policies.

If you want to call a Referendum, contact the Student Voice team. They can advise you in confidence before you get started.

FAQs

Who can vote in these Referendums?

All registered undergraduate and postgraduate Queen’s Students can vote in these Referendums, including students in INTO. Students of St. Mary’s University College and Stranmillis University College cannot vote. (They are members of their own students’ unions.)

Why is the Students’ Unions holding these Referendums?

All students must be given an opportunity to have their say on any change to the Rules of the Students’ Union, including the creation of new Part-Time Student Officer positions.

Any two students can ask the Union’s Council to vote on a change to the Rules. Two students asked Council to vote on the creation of each of these new Part-Time Student Officer positions. Council debated, voted on, and agreed with the changes. The Referendums are taking place to give all students their say.

What happens after the vote?

The voted will be counted and published on the Students’ Union website on the day after the Referendums.

The votes for each new Part-Time Student Officer position are considered separately. If more students vote in favour than vote against, the proposal will then go to the University for approval.

If more students vote against than in favour, there will no change to the Rules and the new officer positions will not be created.

What is the Students’ Union’s current policy on these new positions?

The Students’ Union has no policy at present on these positions is not officially recommending that students vote in favour, or against, any of the Referendum questions.

What would the Irish Language Officer position do?

The proposal says that the Irish Language Officer:

  • Shall be concerned with general issues relating to Irish language speaking Students on campus. They shall also be responsible for liaison with organisations, both external and internal to the University, which are relevant to these Students.
  • Shall represent the interests of Irish language speaking Students to the Executive Management Committee and to the University Authorities, and shall campaign on issues that impact upon the student experience of these Students.
  • Shall work alongside An Cumann Gaelach (QUB) to promote the Irish language on campus.
  • Shall work with other elected officers to ensure that where possible campaigns have bilingual literature.
  • Shall ensure that correspondence to the Union in the Irish language receives a response in the Irish language.
  • Shall be a voting member of the Students’ Union Council and the Executive Management Committee.

Would the Irish Language Officer position change Union policy on language issues?

This Referendum is only about creating a new Part-Time Student Officer position. Any decisions on language policies, bilingual signage or any other language issue will require separate approval by the Students’ Union.

What would the Trans Students’ Officer position do?

The proposal says that the Trans Students’ Officer:

  • Shall self-define as a member of the Trans Student Community.
  • Shall be concerned with general issues relating to Transgender, Non-Binary, Intersex and Questioning Students. They shall also be responsible for liaison with organisations, both external and internal to the University, which are relevant to these Students.
  • Shall represent the interests of Transgender, Non-Binary, Intersex and Questioning Students to the Executive Management Committee and to the University Authorities, and shall campaign on issues that impact upon the student experience of these Students. They shall also draw attention to instances of discriminatory behaviour within the Union and the University whenever these occur.
  • Shall encourage greater involvement of Trans Students in Union affairs.
  • Shall be a voting member of the Students’ Union Council and the Executive Management Committee.

Would the Trans Students’ Officer position impact on the LGBT+ Officer positon?

The Students’ Union has an existing Part-Time LGBT+ Officer position. Any self-defining LGBT+ student may nominate and vote for this position.

The proposal for a Part-Time Trans Students’ Officer position makes no change to the LGBT+ Officer position.

Would these positions be paid?

Part-Time Student Officer positions are unpaid, voluntary positions. Part-Time Student Officer are current Queen’s students and are not employees of the Students’ Union.

How do I get involved in the Referendums?

Make sure that you vote!

If you feel strongly on the issues, you can encourage your fellow students to vote and convince them of your arguments.

You can also join and assist official campaigns in support of, or in opposition to, the referendum questions. The Student Voice team can share your contact details with the official campaign organisers.

(The Students’ Union will only send your details to the organisers of the campaign and will not use your personal data for any other purpose.)

What if I have any further questions?

You should contact the Student Voice team (who is responsible for the organisation of the Referendums).

Referendum Campaigning, Rules and Complaints

The Rules and Regulations for the Referendums are available here.

The Official Notifications of the Referendums are available here.

If you wish to lodge a complaint regarding any aspect of the referendum, they may do so by submitting it, via email, to the Returning Officer.

A complaint should include:

  • The name of the complainant and their contact details;
  • The details of the alleged issue, including details of any individuals involved; and
  • Any evidence that may available.

Complaints will be investigated by the Returning Officer, but they will not constitute a formal request for an ‘Election Court’. If you wish to lodge a formal ‘Election Court’ complaint, you can get further information from the Returning Officer.


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