Following Tuesday’s Union Senate meeting, the recent change to SUSU’s You Make Change feedback system to not publish anonymous submissions will now be put to a vote at the student union AGM on Thursday 29th October.
In a move brought in just before last weekend, a clause on the You Make Change webpage now states:
You can submit ideas or questions anonymously, however these will not be displayed publicly. That does not mean that we won’t still consider and act upon them though.
You Make Change is a platform designed for students to submit the great ideas they have to be acted upon by the sabbatical team to create positive changes to student life. Unfortunately the anonymous feature on this platform has been misused by some students and SUSU felt the need to make this small operational change to both reduce the levels of misuse and to set the expectations of students as they submit their ideas.
It’s important to note that all anonymous submissions will still be considered and replied to as they have been in the past meaning that this change represents no reduction in functionality. It is also worth mentioning that senate meetings exist to hold sabbatical officers to account, and that this is not the intended function of You Make Change. SUSU is confident that this change does not need to be ratified by an AGM, however following the Wessex Scene’s coverage and discussion our senate has mandated that this change will now be taken to a vote of our members at AGM next Thursday (29 Nov) to ensure that there is no difference in interpretation and to allow for maximum accountability.
You Make Change is a platform designed by SUSU to allow students to submit suggestions on what changes they want to see in the Union and University. What it is not supposed to be is a forum for students to anonymously harass and abuse our team, which is unfortunately how some students have been using it. All submissions will still be considered as they have been in the past, the only difference now is that a student must be happy for their name to be put beside it if they want it to be published online.