The current policy for any IGNITE Board of Directors meeting is that any student can attend but may be asked to leave by a vote, however, it is unclear how students are expected to find where the gathering is taking place on Nov. 13.
The student union’s website only lists the University of Guelph-Humber as the location, without a specific time or room number. Typically, however, the meetings take place in the boardroom found on the first floor of the building.
On Oct. 4, Executive Director Ercolé Perrone told student reporters that there is some discrepancy between the current statement on the IGNITE Governance page and the actual policy regarding attendance at Board meetings.
Officials said that students can attend but may be asked to leave by a simple majority vote of the directors. However, sometime between Aug. 14 and September, the locations and exact timing of the meetings were removed from the IGNITE website, breaking one of the student union’s own bylaws.
This means that students are unable to find the meetings. Pushed on the lack of times, then-Acting Communications Director Unika Hypolite refused to go into detail during a meeting with Post reporters on Oct. 15, when The Post was told it would now be ignored by IGNITE.
When a Post reporter was unable to enter a Board of Directors meeting on Sept. 11, IGNITE hurriedly posted a legal-heavy notice on its Governance page that says meetings and minutes can only be accessed by contacting the top staffer, Executive Director Perrone.
Despite inquires from The Post, IGNITE did not confirm whether the Board meeting scheduled for Oct. 9 took place or not. Since the Governance page only lists campuses and dates, The Post was forced to scour North Campus on the date around 6 p.m., when the meetings normally occur.
The Board of Directors may have met in secret for October. Up until this semester, students and campus journalists have always been allowed access with the exception of two special in-camera meetings in the 1970s, according to a Humber Et Cetera editorial.
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