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This year the SUC has compiled a list of our top 20 priorities to try and ensure the best possible student experience at RMIT. We know a lot of you are going through a tough time and we have tried our very best to create a blend of initiatives that focus on ensuring immediate support to students impacted by COVID 19, whilst also putting plans into place that will hopefully serve students for many years to come. Here are some highlights:
Fair and equitable fee structures are essential and as such we will be advocating to the university to extend the 2020 fee freeze to 2021 as students continue to be severely impacted by COVID 19. We will also continue to fight for the maintenance of student-staff ratios and for RMIT to engage in consultation with students prior to discontinuing programs.
As some students return to campus and blended learning commences, we want to work with RMIT to ensure that students are satisfied with the blended delivery model and feel they are gaining a meaningful education experience.
Introducing swipe card access to student spaces on campus to ensure that they are accessible only to RMIT students, especially during peak times.
Call on RMIT to declare a climate emergency. Work with RMIT to offer more options for recycling and composting on campus.
RUSU President Akshay Jose gave a presentation to the RMIT Council on February 18th 2021, and personally called on them to follow RUSU's lead in declaring a climate emergency.
Work with RMIT to ensure students have a smooth transition to the College of VE structure, with particular focus on moving more VE processes, such as online timetabling.
Supporting an active lifestyle at Bundoora by creating more options for cyclists and building an open-air gym.
On 20th January 2021 the RMIT University Student Union Council unanimously passed a motion to declare a climate emergency.
On January 14th, 2021, former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins bravely came forward and publicly alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a colleague in Parliament house. Shamefully, the Government has not held those responsible to account, and has instead chosen to protect the perpetrators and cover up their crimes.
April 15, 2021, was the 30th anniversary of the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, which contained numerous recommendations for reform. In the three decades since the commission published its findings, First Nations people in Australia are still unacceptably being incarcerated and dying in prison.