OSHAWA, ON, Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Student Association of the
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College
may be forced to take legal action after UOIT and Durham College have
taken steps to threaten the operations and autonomy of the association.
In September, UOIT and Durham College abruptly announced they would not
remit membership fees to the Student Association at Durham College and
UOIT. Despite numerous attempts by the Student Association to
negotiate, the institutions have refused.
"The institutions collected these membership fees from students on
behalf of the Student Association and has no basis for withholding
them," said Peter Chinweuba, President of the Student Association.
"Membership fees are our main source of operating revenue. Without
these fees, we won't be able to offer student-run services like the
campus food bank and campus recreation programs and may be forced to
close our businesses."
The Student Association is the autonomous, representative body of
students at Durham College and UOIT. Its operations are managed by an
executive committee and board composed of elected students, with
support from professional staff. The Student Association budget and
audited financial statements are reviewed regularly by students at the
annual general meeting.
On November 4, Durham College and UOIT sent an email to students that
attempted to influence the decisions at the Annual General Meeting of
the Student Association. The email demanded greater control over the
Student Association that would jeopardize the Association's autonomy.
"It's concerning that the institutions have forced the Student
Association to resort to legal action to access the membership fees the
institutions are obligated to collect and remit, rather than
negotiate," said Chinweuba. "Students expect the institution to discuss
these matters in good faith, not through bullying tactics."
SOURCE: The Student Association at Durham College & UOIT
For further information:
Peter Chinweuba, President
Office: 905-721-0457 ext. 228