Advocating for students

RUSU Campaigns 2020

COVID-19 Update:

RUSU is working hard to advocate for students and run campaigns that result in meaningful changes for all students at RMIT.


 

RUSU Comments on Major Change Proposal

 

To: Dene Cicci - Executive Director, Students; David Howard - Director, Library Services; Martin Bean CBE, Vice Chancellor and President 

From: Daniel Hoogstra, RUSU President 

READ THE MEMO

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RUSU says no to library cuts

RUSU has written an open letter to the NTEU in solidarity with library staff who are facing potential cuts as a result of RMIT's proposed restructure. We are encouraging students to vote in our Facebook poll or email RMIT to express your views on the proposed changes. Head to our Facebook for more information.

READ THE LETTER


Have Your Say Day 2020 – All Your Ideas & What Next?

A HUGE thanks to everyone who has participated in Have Your Say Day 2020. In August 2020, a collection of current and emerging student leaders came together to talk about student life at RMIT. The discussions were led by students and focused on key student needs at RMIT. Students brainstormed ideas for improvements and changes that they would like to see in RMIT for 2020 and beyond.

READ YOUR IDEAS


Town Hall - RMIT Students say NO to Uni Cuts!

A HUGE thanks to everyone who has participated in the RUSU Town Hall - RMIT Students Say NO to Uni Cuts! In response to ongoing concerns raised by students, the RUSU President wrote an open letter to the Vice-Chancellor calling for fairer fees. The letter was covered by the Herald Sun. You can find a copy of the President's letter and the Vice-Chancellor's response below. RUSU will continue to campaign for fairer fees as part of our broader work on university funding. 
 

READ THE OPEN LETTER READ THE RESPONSE


No fails on transcripts

After extensive advocacy from RUSU, RMIT agreed that fail grades shouldn’t be recorded on transcripts this year. Failing grades will appear on your transcript as a Withdrawal (WDR) and will not count towards WAM/GPA calculations.


Financial support for students

RUSU advocated for support in the form of hardship grants from RMIT. RUSU also issued over 8,000 free meals and food vouchers for students impacted by COVID-19.


COVID-19 Survey Snapshot

RUSU COVID-19 survey results are in! A HUGE thanks to everyone who has participated in the RUSU COVID-19 survey. We have presented these findings to the Vice Chancellor and will to continue to advocate for fair outcomes for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 

VIEW SURVEY RESULTS


Fee Reduction

RUSU is joining the National Union of Students in calling for a 20% fee reduction for all students. Please join the campaign. To find out more, visit the Save Our Students campaigns page at: www.saveourstudentsnus.com
 

RUSU calls on RMIT to:

  • Provide a 20% fee reduction as called for by the National Union of Students.
  • Implement fairer fee structures for students impacted by the transition to online learning.
  • Provide additional options for students who need to withdraw or who are struggling to pay their fees due to the pandemic.

Save Our Students


Fair Assessment

Together with the National Union of Students, RUSU is calling for fair assessment adjustments in light of COVID-19. This includes assessing students fairly, taking into account the impacts of the pandemic, so students can demonstrate their true capacities.
 

RUSU calls on RMIT to: 

  • Protect students’ GPA/WAM so that it reflects their true abilities and is not negatively impacted by COVID-19.
  • Ensure students impacted by COVID-19 are not unfairly discriminated against when applying for further study.
  • Review current special consideration processes to ensure students get a fair go if they are impacted by COVID-19.
     


Census date

RUSU successfully advocated to RMIT to defer the semester 1 census date to give students more time to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on their studies.


Free trams

RUSU wrote a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry on extending the free tram zone. We stood up for those of you experiencing cost of living pressures, calling for free transport for students and broader concessions for part-time and HDR students. 


Freedom from Discrimination

RUSU made a submission to the Australian Government regarding the proposed Religious Freedom Bills. We stood up for your rights, advocating for a balanced approach that ensures the safety of people from all different religions as well as LGBTQIA+ people, women and people with disability.


2020 Priorities

RUSU has presented our 2020 priorities to RMIT executives and will continue to advocate for student rights and student experience initiatives throughout 2020.


 

In 2019 we achieved...

  • Collaborative artwork promoting respect for women and non-binary people.
  • Have Your Say Summit, providing an opportunity for students to help shape RMIT and RUSU’s student programs and hear from RMIT leadership.
  • A new medical hub at RMIT city campus, providing bulk billing for local students and direct billing for international students.
  • Clearer policies surrounding inherent requirements, promoting student equity and participation.
  • Extended library hours during peak periods.
  • Better access to SAI Global standards to support students who require these to complete their assessments.
  • RUSU Little Libraries and Food Bank cupboards to support the student community.

In 2018 we achieved...

  • Improved teaching standards regarding student assessment.
  • Improved academic progress policy.
  • Equitable Learning Service accessibility improvement.
  • A review of policy and process regarding sexual harassment and assault at RMIT.
  • Creating a more mental health friendly campus.
  • More phone charging stations on all campuses (including Brunswick and Bundoora East).
  • Edible gardens at Brunswick and Bundoora.
  • Affordable parking permits for Bundoora students.
  • More international vending machines with a wider range of food option.
  • Sanitary vending machines in accessible spaces.

In 2017 we achieved...

  • Inclusion of an Indigenous Officer position in RUSU’s Regulations and appointment of the Union’s first Indigenous Officer, Jedda Rocha Costa.
  • Preservation of a number of Assessment Principles as the Assessment Policy was transferred to the new policy framework, safeguarding important appeal rights for students.
  • Inclusion of the recommendations of the Group Work Working Group in the new Assessment Process.
  • Working with DPVC Learning and Teaching for each College to develop a mechanism to ensure a three day response time when academics are contacted regarding extensions and/or special consideration.
  • Increased student access to University spaces, including a new activity space in NAS which is available to over one hundred RUSU clubs and departments.
  • Provision of safe and accessible Queer and Women’s lounges on the City campus.
  • Expansion of the AskRMIT Questions to include additional information on support services and to encompass topics such as sexual harassment and assault, mental health services and the Equitable Learning Service.
  • Compulsory PowerPoint slides on mental health and support services to be delivered by teaching staff during student orientation.

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