[lg policy] SU maintains so-called ‘clapping ban’ as votes are delayed at November Senate

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sat Nov 10 10:31:36 EST 2018


SU maintains so-called ‘clapping ban’ as votes are delayed at November
Senate

Written by Josh Sandiford <https://mancunion.com/author/joshsandiford/> on
9th November 2018. Posted in News <https://mancunion.com/category/news/>

The University of Manchester Students’ Union Senate has doubled down on its
controversial so-called ‘clapping ban’, with 53% either abstaining or
voting against a measure to revoke the original policy which recently
caused a media storm.

A proposal was put forward at November’s Senate to formally revoke the
‘ban’ on clapping, arguing that the BSL sign language policy “excludes
blind people for participating”.

The Senate also voted to amend its constitution, a motion was passed by 77%
for the ‘T’ to be added back into the SU’s recognised definition of ‘LGBQ+’.

In total, nine proposals were supposed to have been debated and voted on
during November’s Senate, and part-time officer elections were supposed to
have been held. However, there were a number of technical issues and
procedural complaints with part-time officer voting, so the election was
postponed. As a result, the session ran over time considerably, so only two
of the nine proposals were voted on.

The seven proposals which were not voted on will now roll over to the
Senate’s December meeting for consideration, which is likely to
disappoint some campaign groups.

The environment would have been a big focus of November’s senate. Four out
of eight policy proposals were related to environmental issues, including
one that would have made the Students’ Union officially support ‘Extinction
Rebellion’, the pressure group that recently caused chaos by blocking
Oxford Road in protest
<https://mancunion.com/2018/11/07/climate-change-protest-causes-oxford-road-chaos/>
.

Other proposals that were not voted on related to the inclusion and
advocacy of QTIPOC (Queer, Trains, Intersex, People of Colour) and the SU
supporting the fight for marriage equality in Northern Ireland.

The Senate also didn’t get to vote on endorsing the #MisogynyIsHate
campaign, despite a member of the audience noting that it was a
time-sensitive measure.

Following the so-called ‘clap-gate’ scandal which arose out of the first
Senate of the academic year in September, attendees were asked at
November’s Senate to “take extra care” if they wanted to report on the
proceedings.

Senate is the highest decision-making body at the Students Union, meeting
six times a year. The next Senate will be held on Thursday 8th December.

*The Mancunion* has reached out to representatives from Extinction
Rebellion and #MisogynyIsHate for comment.

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
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