Log in

Statement on OIA report into student suspensions

The University of Sussex is to offer a written apology and financial compensation to four students controversially suspended in 2013 for their part in anti-privatisation protests on campus.

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA), an independent body which handles student complaints, has investigated the incident and recommended the university apologises and pays compensation. The OIA report also says the university's student disciplinary activities must be clearer.

The report from the OIA shows huge failings from the University administration, overseen by the Vice Chancellor, and we welcome the outcomes it has recommended.

The University, under Michael Farthing’s leadership, has squandered £50,000 of University funds on legal fees on these cases.  In doing so, the University were found not to be justified in unfairly suspending five students for participating in peaceful protest, and subsequently took steps to change the process, leading ‘to ‘the reasonable suspicion that the decision had been reached in order to prevent the students involved from being legally represented.’

We are concerned that the OIA also found the University were guilty of ‘poor communication’ and that they ‘failed to respond to reasonable queries’, causing ‘further distress.’

In December 2013, students voted to renew the Union's policy to have no confidence in the Vice Chancellor, Michael Farthing, and his executive group, VCEG.

You can read more about the OIA report and background to the case in this Guardian article.

 

Contact us

Got a comment/criticism about anything discussed in this article? Let us know on our social media channels!

facebook.com/thestudentsunion

twitter.com/ussu

Related news

 
Find out who is running in the Spring Elections

Mon 25 Feb 2019

Elected officers and representatives are elected by you to work within the University and Students' Union to make things better for Sussex students. This could be as part of formal committees, through informal meetings, working on relevant projects and campaigns, and working closely with other officers, members of staff and students.

 
Sussex students represented at NUS Trans Students’ Conference 2019

Thu 14 Feb 2019

Ray Everall, Liam Dewan, Dorian Milburn and Nate Tomkings recently represented Sussex University students as delegates at the NUS Trans Conference 2019, which took place from 30 - 31 January in Manchester.

 
The Loop: responding to your feedback

Fri 08 Feb 2019

The Loop

Each month your full-time officers get together to look at what comments you have submitted to the Loop over the past month. These are categorised into what is going well, what is going less well, and ideas for improvement. This feedback is acted upon: specific comments are sent to the University to inform their service and to take action if necessary.

 
Winter Officer Reports

Thu 07 Feb 2019

Your elected Officers have been building on their work from last term, progressing their priorities and manifesto points. Here’s a summary of what each Officer has been up to!

 
Nominations for spring elected positions are now open!

Fri 14 Dec 2018

Nominate yourself for Full and Part-Time Officer roles, NUS Delegate and Student Trustee positions until 9am on the 11th of February!

 
 

This list is automatically generated

View all news »