Dane Luo and Caitlyn Chu

Hello there! We hope you really enjoyed the mid-semester break because it couldn’t have come at a better time for us.

Vice President Consultation

The Vice President consultation drop-in times are every Thursday 11am to 1pm in the SRC offices. Come and have a chat! For satellite campuses, email us at vice.president@src.usyd.edu.au.

Health Days

We are incredibly proud to have hosted two successful Health Days at Mallet Street and Cumberland. In total, we engaged over 300 students at Mallet Street and another 300 students at Cumberland. It was amazing and terrific to introduce students to all the services that can help them as they go through University. Thank you to the many students who came and heard from SRC and SUPRA caseworkers at the SRC, University student support services, NGOs and local organisations. The SRC also benefited from the ability to meet and establish relationships with other service providers and staff members.

Reforming Electoral Regulations

We have spent over 200 hours working on reforming the SRC Regulations pertaining to how we conduct our Annual Elections in September each year and any by-elections and referenda that occasionally happen. Thank you to the students who reached out to us with ideas and the staff of the SRC for their assistance. We have worked with Niamh (General Secretary), Hayden (Disabilities Officer), Wilson (Disabilities Officer), the Immediate Past Electoral Officer and other members of Council to present a revised set of Regulations to the Council meeting next week. Some of those changes include:

• Simplifying all the Regulation provisions so that it is clearer and easier to follow
• Introducing a defamatory standard for statements made in an election so that our elections are nicer
• Changing polling booth locations and times to meet new buildings and infrastructure in our University
• Expanding the postal vote provisions for students at satellite campuses and students with a disability

Know your Student Rights

– Disability Services
The University’s Disability Services help students with a range of situations. Some are long term or permanent disabilities that are physical (eg deaf, blind, in a wheelchair or mobility device, HIV); some may be learning (eg dyslexia and ADHD); and some may be mental (eg schizophrenia, bipolar, eating disorders, anxiety and depression). They also help students who are experiencing long term (more than 4 weeks), temporary situations that may disadvantage them from studying (eg pregnancy, injured limb or glandular fever).

They can arrange for adjustments to support a student’s special needs, which may include extra time for assessments, assistive technology, or specific help in being able to access lectures and tutorials. It is a free, confidential service, but please bear in mind that they may be a short delay in getting information from them, or booking an appointment. If you need adjustments for the end of semester exams, make sure to contact them as soon as possible. If you want to discuss other ways to find help, our free caseworker service can give you contact details for services that might be appropriate for you. The SRC caseworkers are independent from the University and offer confidential advice. Call 9660 5222 to book an appointment with a caseworker.