In light of a recent article written by a former journalist and director of The Cambridge Student for the Cambridge Tab, and in light of press interest in the CUSU Budget of 2016-17, we would like to remind students that naming and publicly criticising CUSU’s staff team is expressly against the Student/Staff Protocol of the students’ union.
As Chair of the Trustee Board, I would like to remind students that the Budget to be proposed to CUSU Council on Monday the 2nd of May was carefully deliberated. As a result, difficult decisions are being proposed for students to consider in a democratic forum. Along with the other members of the Trustee Board, it is my legal duty to ensure the long term, financial stability of the students’ union, and students can trust that all decisions proposed for the discussion on Monday the 2nd of May, were composed with the interests of all Cambridge students in mind.
It is inappropriate and unacceptable for students to bully or harass the CUSU’s staff team when they feel they are not getting their way. Any examples of harassment or defamation will be discussed with the appropriate authorities. With regards to the proposed changes to the budget of The Cambridge Student, TCS journalists have been kept informed and listened to by the CUSU Trustee Board. As with previous meetings and online dialogue, we informed members of TCS that the information discussed was confidential in a bid to protect the employment of our staff team. In light of these explicit requests, TCS journalists have published sensitive information and explicitly insulted members of the CUSU staff.
All Cambridge students are welcome to constructively engage with, and hold the CUSU elected officers to account. I urge students to remember that our support staff are not democratically accountable and do not deserve to be publicly humiliated in this way.
The CUSU team look forward to engaging in constructive, democratic discussion with Cambridge students and representatives at CUSU Council on Monday, 2nd of May.
CUSU President 2015/16