University Suspends Funding To Students’ Alliance
According to a recently leaked confidential letter, the University of Windsor will no longer recognize any official position of its student government and has ceased its funding.
University of Windsor Students’ Alliance President Rob Crawford confirmed the authenticity of the letter to BlackburnNews.com after it was posted on the website of a biweekly tabloid newspaper called the Urbanite. Crawford says he will not make any further comments regarding the letter at this time.
In the letter to the UWSA, university President Alan Wildeman expresses his concerns regarding the current state of the student government. He says following an investigation into the controversial boycott, divestment and sanction referendum, and after the student UWSA elections yielded no elected officials for the 2014/15 school year, the university has decided to take action.
“There are legitimate concerns that the UWSA is not operating in accordance with governing legislation, and that bylaw changes, and changes to the executive structure of the organization have not been properly implemented,” says Wildeman in the letter.
As well, Wilderman states in the letter that a process must be established to have the university work with students to get the UWSA back on firm footing in terms of governance. Wilderman says the university’s concerns must be addressed before UWSA funding can resume. However, funding will continue to be provided for student clubs and essential staff carrying out duties normally done by the UWSA.
– With files from Ricardo Veneza