University for the creative arts student union

University for the creative arts student union


UCASU is a registered charity, this means that we have to have a set of governing documents that are available for everyone to see how the union works.

The Constitution is our over-arching piece of governing text which states why we run, what we do and who we do it for.

The By-Laws are a lot more student friendly, you can see each of the regulations is relevant for different students or different things you can get involved with. In the By-Laws you can see how we run, how you can get involved in shaping the union, and any rules we have.

University for the Creative Arts Students’ Union By-laws

Regulation 1: General Regulations.

This regulation governs conduct of general Union affairs including, but not limited to, General Meetings, Board of Trustees and its standing committees, committees and groups relating to the governance of Union Societies and other committees and groups undertaking Union business.

1. These By-laws and policies of the Union are not subject to ratification from the Governing body and Charities Commission.

2. The Trustees and Executive Committees shall have the power from time to time to make, repeal or amend By-Laws as to the management of the Union and its working practices provided that such By-Laws shall not be inconsistent with the Constitution.

3. The final interpretation of these by-laws sits with the Trustee Board

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Office Holders of the Union

4. The Principal Union Officers shall be the:

4.1 Four elected Officer Trustees who shall serve one year in office from 1st July to the last day of June, for no longer than two terms in office in accordance with the Education Act (1994).

4.2 The Officer Trustees shall be elected in accordance with Election Regulations of these By-laws and each being assigned to a Campus, shall also be known in these By-laws as Campus Presidents.

4.3 Each Campus Presidents will be allocated an annual allowance included in the budget discussed and approved by the trustee Board.

4.4 There will be a Campus Presidents’ contract of employment, and therefore if an officer resigns, and a Campus President is asked to take on additional responsibilities this should be agreed in consultation with that Officer by the Trustee Board.

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Removal from Office

5. Officers of the union, as listed in regulation 3, may be removed from office by an officer report being rejected 3 times in an officers’ term or a petition being completed by 2% of the student population.

6. Motions of no confidence must be debated and voted on by a full students referendum in accordance with the rules outlined in the regulation and shall require a two-thirds majority in order to pass. The chair shall ensure that the officer to whom the motion refers is given the opportunity to speak in opposition to the motion

7. Motions of no confidence in an officer must be submitted by;

2% of the members of the Union, to include a proposer and seconder

8. Motions of no confidence must state the reason/s why the officer should be removed from office, to include:

8.1 Neglect of duties of the post as detailed in the job description to be found in the UCA SU Constitution

8.2 Failure to adhere to the officer’s employment contract

8.3 Persistent failure to adhere to the code of acceptable behaviour (Appendix D)

8.4 Gross misconduct

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9. Successful motions of no confidence against a sabbatical (fulltime) officer shall be referred to the Board of Trustees as a matter of urgency. The Board of Trustees may either uphold the motion of no confidence and call a referendum or write to the proposer of the motion detailing their reasons for not upholding the motion (in which the case the officer shall continue be an employee of the Union).

10. The sabbatical officer shall cease the duties of their office, and be suspended on full pay until a full student referendum is called to a decision whether to uphold the motion of no confidence.

11. If a vote of no confidence referendum is called by the Trustee board this must be executed as quickly as it is feasible to ensure a free and fair referendum, but must be no longer than 28 days from the Trustee Board decision.