On Thursday, March 29 at 5:00 p.m., the fifth regular session of the Assembly of the Student Parliament of International Burch University was held and eight agenda items were considered.
The Assembly adopted four major documents: the Decision on Amendments to the Student Parliament Statute, the Rulebook on the Appointment, Dismissal and Work of Student Representatives, the Decision on the Dismissal of Student Representatives in the University Senate, and the Decision on the Appointment of Student Representatives in the Councils of the University’s organizational units.
The amendments to the Statute regarded the addition of articles dealing with student representatives, student forums and the student ombudsman. Of particular importance is the addition of a new organ to the organization of the Student Parliament – the student ombudsman – which will deal with students’ complaints and other pertinent matters.
“Now, all students will have one address to go to when they need help,” Amer Kurtović, the president of the Student Parliament, said regarding the creation of the position of the student ombudsman. “However, this Assembly will not appoint one. That is something we will leave until after the elections,” he added.
The Assembly also adopted the Rulbeook on the Appointment, Dismissal and Work of Student Representatives, which in more detail regulates the way by which student representatives are appointed and dismissed, as well as how they work in the bodies in which they are named.
After a fruitful, half-hour discussion on the role and status of student representatives in the bodies of the University and the faculties, with a special emphasis on the Senate and in light of the events that transpired on the 151st session of the Senate, the Assembly decided to withdraw student representatives in the Senate in a sign of protest.
“The way in which the Senate treated our proposals, the fact that the University management discriminated our proposals several times and the unfortunate result of voting in the Senate were determinate in decided to withdraw all student representatives from the Senate. We will not allow our students to spend tens of hours drafting and perfecting proposals for them to be rejected without discussion and probably without having been read by all the Senate members with the right to vote,” Kurtović explained and added that he hoped that a resolution to the problem would soon be reached.
In accordance with Article 48 of the newly adopted Statute of International Burch University, the Student Parliament is required to appoint student representatives of all three cycles to the Faculty Councils. As such, the Assembly retained and designated the existing student representatives as representatives of the first cycle of study since all are students of the first cycle of study and named the following students as student representatives: