Dhruv Singla: Students have a right to hold IGNITE accountable

Opinion: Dhruv Singla
University of Guelph-Humber, Business Administration

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I wish to provide my perspective on the recent changes made by the student union at Humber College.

IGNITE has a responsibility to help the student body excel and reach their full potential. To do this, they are provided funding from the students. Students choose to pay fees which go into supporting activities around campus and elections.

This money is controlled by the student union, led by elected representatives of the student body who are paid for their service. This process is the same across all public Ontario universities and colleges.

These student unions who decide how to spend our money have a responsibility to spend it wisely but they must spend the money for the benefit of the greater student body. To ensure that this standard is met, student unions must make themselves transparent.

IGNITE’s recent decision to not allow students to attend Board of Directors meetings is isolating the student union from the student body.

The student body has the right to hold the student union accountable for the decisions that they make and not allowing any students to attend the meetings is stripping students of this basic right.

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