NUS Scotland: Police and Campus Democracy
Conferences Believes:
That since late 2013 there has been a recent upsurge in struggle in the student movement.
This has included demonstrations and occupations at several universities in solidarity with workers’ struggles on campuses, against police violence, and in opposition to the closure of the University of London Union (ULU).
That institutional managements have responded to this with draconian injunctions intended to restrict the right to protest and by actively colluding with the police to arrest and inflict violence on students.
Conference Further Believes:
That colleges and universities should be sites in which critical thinking and active dissent are encouraged, not restricted.
That the recent use of injunctions and recourse to the police is the reflex of a university or college management which has lost the substantive argument with staff and students over marketisation, tuition fees, outsourcing and higher education pay.
That colleges and universities should be run by those who study and work in them, and not by overpaid and unaccountable senior managers.
That police should not be allowed on to campus without active permission from both the college or university management and the student union.
Conferences Resolves:
To demand of Parliament a law which says that police cannot enter and operate on university/college campuses/property without (active, ongoing i.e. unrescinded) permission from both university management and the student union.
To demand of university/college managements that they give a pledge – and write into university regulations – that they will not call police onto campus or university/college property without (active, ongoing) permission from the student union.
To create a legal fund to support students facing charges or legal costs from either participation in campus protests or occupations, or general mistreatment by college or university management.
Passed by Student Council on the 6th February 2014