President’s Report – Week 7, Sem 1, 2016

It’s week 7 which means we’re officially halfway through the semester. Whilst the majority of assessments and exams still lie ahead, just remember that you’ve made it this far and you can sure as hell make it to the end.
From week 7, students can begin applying for a Discontinue Not Fail (DNF) for units of study – something the SRC won for students back in 2011. DNF essentially means you can withdraw from a unit without a fail grade going on your transcript, if you can provide evidence that you had reasonable prospects of passing the unit prior to week 7 but then your circumstances changed. The SRC casework team can help you out with any questions you might have about applying for a DNF or any other academic issues.
Meanwhile your SRC has been maintaining a strong and active presence on campus. Last Wednesday saw the SRC out in force attending the National Union of Students’ National Day of Action, protesting course fee increases and calling for full funding of higher education. Our welfare officers were also out on campus on Monday, offering students a quick and tasty study break with free Krispy Kremes for everyone who completed their welfare survey. And in the coming weeks, SRC officers and activists will be doing stalls, flyering, lecture bashes, and more to talk to students about the university restructure and the next National Day of Action protest on May 11. There’s also plenty happening in our collectives and action groups. So in between study, keep an eye out for your SRC on campus and come get involved, or get in touch with our office bearers on the USyd SRC website. We’re always keen to hear from you.
Lastly, in light of recent issues regarding alleged racism from a university staff member, I want to reaffirm the SRC’s strong commitment to a diverse, multicultural, and welcoming campus. We condemn racism and discrimination in all it’s forms. I want to remind all students that if you witness or experience any incidents of discrimination on campus, or directed at or from a student or staff member of the university, your SRC can help. Our free casework and legal team can provide advice and support and direct you through the university’s anti-discrimination and grievance policies and procedures. Everyone has a right to feel welcome here and your SRC stands with you.

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