Motion to oppose changes to the uni 4 bus route.

Proposed by Jessica Wing (disabled@cusu.cam.ac.uk), seconded by Sophie Buck (welfare@cusu.cam.ac.uk)

CUSU Notes:

  1. That the Universal bus service (formerly known as the ‘Uni 4’) is the only public transport link between Homerton, the Education Faculty, and the Sidgwick and West Cambridge sites, as well as the hill colleges;
  2. That students attending Homerton and the Education Faculty make up over 10% of the student body;
  3. That following the changes approved at the University Planning and Resource Committee (March 2016), as of November 2016 the bus route will no longer service Hills Road, and instead run along the guided busway;
  4. That the cited reason for this change is an estimated profit of £63,000 p/a; 5. That disabled students in particular will be adversely affected by this route change, which will result in an inequality of access to academic study.
  5. That neither Homerton nor the Education Faculty were consulted about the decision.

CUSU Believes:

  1. That disabled students are entitled to equal access to education and social events;
  2. That the changes to the Universal bus route will create a significant barrier to accessing education and social events for the University’s disabled students.

CUSU Resolves:

  1. To oppose the changes to the Universal bus route;
  2. To support and publicise the petition to oppose and reverse the decision.

 

Motion for CUSU to limit its promotion of external events to those that have step-free access.

CUSU Notes:

  1. That CUSU is dedicated to providing events and opportunities for the entirety of the Cambridge student body;
  2. That the city of Cambridge is notoriously inaccessible to wheelchair users;
  3. That the ability to book many of the city’s accessible rooms and buildings is limited by the availability of funds, and that businesses are far more likely than student societies and groups to have access to these resources;
  4. That in the majority of cases, events run by external organisations that CUSU advertises are talks and presentations.

CUSU Believes:

  1. That external organisations advertising presentations, talks, and other similar events should do more to make their events accessible to all members of the student body;
  2. That CUSU should not endorse businesses that do not at the very least hold events with step-free access.

CUSU Resolves:

  1. To cease promoting and advertising businesses and other external organisations which fail to provide step-free access to their events;
  2. To more widely publicise this requirement through relevant channels.

 

Motion to encourage the use of access statements.

MICHAELMAS III (9TH NOVEMBER 2015)
Proposed by Robert Corbyn-Smith (CUSU DSC Disabled Students’ Officer), seconded by Richard Birkett (CUSU DSC Computing Officer)

CUSU Notes:

  1. That without access information, disabled students cannot make informed decisions about the events they attend;
  2. That a comprehensive access statement includes but is not limited to:
    1. Describing access into, around and out of the venue or event. For example: whether there is wheelchair access, step-free access or stepped access; whether there are automatic doors; the wayfinding and signage available;
    2. Describing the facilities the venue or event has. For example: whether there is an accessible or partially accessible toilet; whether there is an induction loop; the seating available;
    3. Providing a named contact for all access enquiries.
  3. That access statements are not, currently, widely used across the University;
  4. That event providers may not be aware of how to provide access information or what information to include in an access statement;
  5. That a short grace period will allow CUSU to develop and improve existing resources for event providers.

CUSU Believes:

  1. That providing comprehensive and accurate access information is the first step in making all events accessible to as many students as possible;
  2. That CUSU needs to do more to ensure disabled students are welcome at and encouraged to participate in events across the University, not just specific disabled students events;
  3. That not providing access information when advertising events unfairly disadvantages disabled students, regardless of how accessible the event is.

CUSU Resolves:

  1. To work with the Disabled Students’ Campaign [DSC] to improve and publicise the access statement generator on the DSC website, and, following an open consultation of disabled students, establish guidelines on what an access statement should minimally contain by the end of Michaelmas 2015;
  2. From the beginning of Lent term 2016, to include a comprehensive access statement with all CUSU organised events;
  3. From the beginning of Lent term 2016, to refuse to advertise any event without a suitable accompanying access statement;
  4. To mandate the CUSU Coordinator, working in conjunction with the DSC, to create a training session on the subject of hosting accessible events, to be delivered at the beginning of Lent term 2016 and open to all students of the University (but targeted specifically towards JCR/MCR/AC Officers and Society Committee Officers).