Motions to be discussed at Congress 2015.
The excellent work carried out by the VP for Equality and Citizenship since the inception of the role.
Congress further notes:
The vast array of work that is included in the remit of the VP for Equality and Citizenship under the areas of age, disability, family status, gender identity, marital status, membership of the Traveller community, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and/or socio economic circumstance.
The importance of engagement and inclusion with mature students across the 3rd level community. Mature students account for 15% of the overall student population
In Article 5: The Officerboard
Insert -5.1.9 The Vice President for Mature Students
And renumber accordingly.
5.12 The Vice President for Mature Students
5.12.1 The Vice President for Mature Students shall have the responsibility for the implementation and development of all Union policy in relation to issues of mature students.
5.12.2 The Vice President for Mature Students shall assist the VP/Campaigns in relation to campaigns for the defence and promotions of mature students’ rights in areas of equality.
5.12.3 The Vice President for Mature Students shall sit on the Equality and Citizenship Committee.
5.12.4 The Vice President for Mature Students shall assist the VP/Equality and VP/Campaigns in relation to campaigns on areas specific to mature students.
Insert new sub-article 5.6.5:
The VP/Campaigns shall have overall responsibility for the coordination of Union Development, in liaison with the President and in accordance with Schedule M.
Replace Article 4.1.4 with:
4.1.4 Delegates for Congress shall be composed of the members of the Officerboard and members elected by and from each Member Organisation in accordance with Schedule C. All delegates shall have speaking rights.
Replace Schedule C.2.2 with:
“2.2: Each delegation comprising more than eight delegates shall be comprised of no fewer than 40% of both:
- a) delegates who identify as women, and;
- b) delegates who identify as men.
Delegates shall be elected in a manner prescribed by each MO.”
Delegation lists will be checked for compliance with Schedule 2.2 prior to the commencement of Congress. Any MO unable to comply with the requirements of Schedule 2.2 may make an application for exemption for the rule to a National Council meeting prior to the Congress, but not a meeting held in conjunction with congress, and National Council may decide whether to:
- Accept the application for exemption and seat a non-compliant delegation
- Reject the application for exemption and allow only a delegation which complies with the schedule to be seated
Article 5.7.2 Remove:
“with special focus on LGBTQ rights including carrying out the Union’s policy on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights, encouraging the participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students in the Union and working to eliminate prejudice against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.”
-Constitutional Amendment Ends-
This constitutional amendment will come into force only upon the successful carriage of the Marriage Equality bill into law in Ireland.