STUDENT RIGHTS

The Union declares the following to be undeniable and equal rights of all people everywhere by the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

The Union supports the constitutional right to the freedom of conscience and religion; freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication; freedom of peaceful assembly; and freedom of association. The Union opposes the incitement of hatred against any identifiable individual or group on the grounds of but not limited to colour, race, religion, ethnic origin, place of birth, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, reproductive choice or personal sexual practice.
The Union supports the democratization of the governing boards of post-secondary institutions and the right of representatives of student associations to participate in the decision-making process. The Union believes that post-secondary institutions exist to serve students. Therefore, The Union supports the increasing voting representation of students in governance to fifty percent. The Union supports governance structures of post-secondary institutions being representative. Accountable to the communities served by these institutions, to achieve equitable representation of faculty, support staff and students and to include increased numbers of economically disadvantaged people, women, aboriginal people, people of colour, queer people, people with disabilities, language minorities, International, mature and part-time students and student association representatives.

Minority Language Rights

The Union recognizes access to education and services in one’s language of origin as a right. The Union supports: – the accessibility of education and services in the original language of both Anglophones and Francophones; – accessibility of education and services in the original language of people whose language of origin is neither English nor French; and – the creation and maintenance of quality publicly funded service to provide for Language Signe du Québec/American Sign Language availability for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Ethnic Rights

Race is a social construct not based on biologically determined differences between people. Racism may include but is not limited to the following forms.
The Union opposes the marginalization and oppression of people based on racialized characteristics. The Union challenges racist post-secondary institution curricula, campus environments, and pedagogical techniques. The Union acknowledges and promotes learning environments that critically analyze racialized practices.

The Union supports the consideration of religious/spiritual holidays in academic scheduling. The Union promotes academic amnesty being given to students for reasons of religious/spiritual holidays. The Union opposes academic or non-academic penalties imposed for religious observances.

Political Rights

The Union recognizes the common interests that often make students and workers political allies. Disrupting production is an effective weapon for workers against social injustice. The Union acknowledges that job actions, such as work slowdowns/stoppages or strikes, are a fundamental part of the struggle for socioeconomic justice. The Union supports workers’ decisions to make their demands in the form of a strike, whether legal or not. In the event of a strike, on campus or otherwise, this support may include, but not be limited to, picket support, direct solidarity actions, education, publicity and financial aid from all appropriate levels of the Union.

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