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The Equal Opportunities Policy

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The Equal Opportunities Policy – 26 January 2004, Union Council, Ratified 15 June 2009 (Ref: 0304P5)

Union Notes:

  1. The present Equal Opportunities Policy is about to lapse
  2. The policy has not been reviewed for many years
  3. The new Equal Opportunities Policy is attached

Union Believes:

  1. That equal opportunities are a very important and core value that the union holds
  2. That the old policy is out of date with the current recommendations in equal           opportunities policy
  3. By having one policy, instead of many interrelating documentation, that the new    policy will be easier to implement and use

Union Resolves:

  1. To pass the new Equal Opportunities Policy and that this will supersede any previous          Equal Opportunities Policy
  2. That the Union Equal Opportunities Statement is displayed prominently around the            Union premises




Southampton University Students’ Union is striving toward Equality of Opportunities for all of its members. This Statement applies to all Officers of the Union, departments, clubs and societies, events publications, activities and affiliated activities of the union


Southampton University Students’ Union will do all within its power to ensure that none of its members shall receive discrimination upon any grounds, in regards but not limited to; access to services, buildings, service provision, or is disadvantaged by, conditions, requirements, peer or staff attitudes/behaviour


Students who contravene the spirit of the Equal Opportunities Policy and this Statement will be brought before the Union Disciplinary Board


In matters concerning staff please refer to the Staff/Student Protocol



Southampton University Students’ Union is striving toward Equal Opportunity in all of its activities and areas of influence. This means that:


  1. No member of the Southampton University Students’ Union shall receive unfair or less favourable           treatment on any grounds
  2. Any discrimination behaviour directed at any of its members on any disproportionate grounds will not be tolerated within the Union
  3. Any person engaging in such behaviour will be subject to the disciplinary procedure of the Union
  4. This Union recognises that some groups of people suffer discrimination, prejudice and intimation. By working with representatives of these groups, the Union aims to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all
  5. Southampton University Students’ Union recognises itself as a partner in promoting Equal Opportunities


The responsibility for the implementation of this policy lies mainly with the Equal Opportunities Officer and other Union Officers. However all members have a responsibility to uphold the spirit of this policy. This means that members must:


  1. Treat all members of the Union and their guests in an equal manner
  2. Not discriminate against any members of the Union or their guests on any disproportionate grounds
  3. Not incite others to act in a discriminatory manner
  4. Recognise differences between individuals and be tolerant and respectful of these differences
  5. Inform the Equal Opportunities Officer or other appropriate person if they feel a person or persons are in breach of this policy
  6. Not victimise, or make any attempt to victimise, any person that has made complaints of discrimination


If any member of the Union feels that they have been discriminated against, then they should in the first instance report it to the Equal Opportunities Officer. If they feel that this is inappropriate then they should report it to a Sabbatical Officer (normally the Vice President Education and Welfare). The matter will then be investigated and referred to the appropriate body


Discrimination is defined as provision, criterion or practice puts, or would put, individuals from a particular group at a disadvantage


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University Provision for Sports Facilities and Services

» 26 January 2004 » In External, Lapsed Policy, Sport » No Comments

University Provision for Sports Facilities and Services- 26 January 2004: Ratified 15 June 2009, Union Council (Ref: 0304P4)

Union Notes

  1. That the Students’ Union has an existing policy dated 6 May 1999 ‘Pricing policy for sports facilities and services.’ Prior to this policy the Students’ Union policy on ‘Provision of and Charging for Student Sports Facilities’ dated 12th December 1996 stated, ‘That if charging is to be introduced the primary purpose of this should be to enhance existing facilities and/or provide new’
  2. That the University has a stated commitment to improve existing facilities and undertake a series of major developments
  3. These developments are long term and include the Jubilee Sport Centre at the Highfield campus, development of an outdoor complex at Wide Lane and refurbishment of the Boat hard
  4. That a three-tiered pricing structure was introduced for use of University sports facilities in 1999-2000 and that this was narrowed to a single card in 2003/04

Union Believes

  1. That student sport is an integral part of the higher education experience, be it competitive, recreational or in the form of sport tuition
  2. That existing facilities were recognised some years ago as being inadequate to the ever growing needs of recreational users as well of the Athletic Union
  3. The University must continue to make a substantial financial commitment to these developments and that costs shouldn’t be borne solely by levies imposed on users
  4. That the University must continue to heavily subsidise representative sport, through the provision of high standard sports facilities without charge to the Athletic Unions
  5. That the structuring of charges should be concurrent with the development of facilities
  6. Student users should have the option as to what degree of usage of facilities they wish to pay for and that a differentiation should be made between the charging for usage of services and of facilities

Union Resolves

  1. To repeal existing Union policy dated 6 May 1999 ‘Pricing policy for sports facilities and services,’ and replace it with this motion
  2. To mandate the VP (Student Activities) to argue in favour of the re-introduction of a structured pricing policy for sports facilities and services
  3. To mandate the VP (Student Activities) and other Union Officers to continue to negotiate on behalf of the Union, and to campaign vigorously to keep charges as low as possible

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Sport for All

» 16 January 2004 » In External, Lapsed Policy, Sport » No Comments

Sport for All – 26 January 2004: Ratified 15 June 2009, 13 June 2011, Union Council (Ref: 0304P3)

Union Notes

  1. That the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) policy on eligibility of students to compete in the BUSA sports programme limits certain students from participating in BUSA competitions. In order to compete in BUSA a student must:
    1. Be registered on a credit rated course; and
    2. Be undertaking a study programme equivalent to at least 60 credits per year, or in the case of a postgraduate student be undertaking a study programme of no less than   50% of the full time student programme”
    3. SUSU currently has policy passed on May 10 2000 Union Resolves (2) ‘to oppose any    policy that attempts to deny a student at Southampton University the chance to compete in sporting activities’
    4. The Athletic Union through a grant from the Students’ Union launched in 2003 a new    initiative called ‘Try it… you might like it’ which has provided financing aimed to broaden   access to sport

Union Believes

  1. That sport should be provided on a ‘sport for all’ basis
  2. That any student who attends the University of Southampton should have the opportunity to participate in sport through the Athletic Union
  3. That the regulations on eligibility to compete in BUSA competitions are essential to ensure that BUSA sport and the higher education system are not reduced in value by   member institutions being able to offer places on lower credit rated courses simply with the aim of having those individuals compete in sporting competitions

Union Resolves

  1. To replace Athletic Union policy ‘Sport for all’ dated 10 May 2000 with this document.
  2. To give any member of the Students’ Union at Southampton University the opportunity to trial for an AU club and to compete in non-BUSA run events where eligible.
  3. To continue to develop policy and strategy to provide access for sport to all students at Southampton University.

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