言論自由寸土不讓、學生自治必不可失

  大專學界就香港樹仁大學學生事務處褫奪學生會會室及民主牆管理權之嚴正聲明 香港樹仁大學學生會(下稱本會)在2018年12月7日接獲香港樹仁大學(下稱校方)學生事務處來信,指學生會「未能產生新一屆幹事會」,因而「未有院校認可之行政機關管理辦事處和民主牆」,並決定收回上述空間。本會得悉事件後,於2018年12月12日與學生事務處交涉,惟校方依然一意孤行。校方收回會室及民主牆的行為蔑視學生會選舉結果、打壓學生自治及言論空間,事態極嚴重,本會對此予以嚴厲譴責並強烈反對校方收回場地,理據闡述如下: (一) 打壓學生自治:根據《香港樹仁大學學生會會章》(下稱《會章》),幹事會出缺時,評議會可委任臨時行政小組處理幹事會一切事務,直至新幹事會成立為止。 本會早前已經舉辦換屆選舉,並順利產生新一屆評議員。倘若本會無法產生新一屆幹事會,來屆評議員將根據《會章》,成立臨時行政小組代理幹事會職務,服務本會會員。根據過往經驗,即使遇上幹事會出缺,學生會代表與校方簽訂會室租約,由臨時行政小組適度維持會室運作,提供影印、文具售賣等服務,足見代理職務機制行之有效。校方是次忽然改弦易轍,無疑令學生會的人手及資源更加緊絀,嚴重影響學生會運作。 既然學生會已有機制處理出缺事宜,並透過選舉產生民選評議員,校方竟選擇性地承認民選幹事會而拒絕承認民選評議員,箇中邏輯令人費解,更是蔑視本會《會章》及全民投票之結果。校方理應回應有何理據不承認民選評議員代理幹事會職務,及其執行會室續租及管理民主牆之權利。 (二) 「幹事會」只是學生會運作及決策機關之一:正如校方於12月7日的來信所言,校方將文康大樓H204室租予「學生會」,而非僅僅是「幹事會」。一直以來,學生會「幹事會」、「編輯委員會」及「評議會」亦共同使用H204室作為官方會址,對外參與交流合作、對內服務本會會員。校方因幹事會出缺,扼殺其他機關使用場地的權利,理由並不充分。 (三) 收回民主牆,收窄言論空間:民主牆是學生發表意見的平台,鼓勵師生就校園及社會事務互相交流,展現一所大學應有的風範。如今校方以「幹事會出缺」之行政理由收回民主牆,變相收窄言論空間,我們不敢苟同。 本會深信開放、多元的言論空間之於大學必不可少,不應因幹事會出缺而有所影響。再者,《會章》已有機制處理幹事會出缺之情況,校方以幹事會出缺為藉口強拆民主牆,只會越加暴露其專橫無道,辜負我校「敦仁博物」之名。 在此,本會聯同大專學界要求校方在十二月二十七日前回應我們的訴求,否則本會不排除將行動升級: (一) 尊重學生自治。承認本會《會章》有關幹事會出缺之安排及本會週年大選結果,保障本會場地、資源不受影響,令本會民選評議員得以服務樹仁同學。 (二) 保障言論空間。承認學生會管理民主牆之權利,停止一切施壓及清拆行動。 香港樹仁大學學生會 香港恒生大學學生會 香港科技大學學生會臨時行政委員會 香港教育大學學生會臨時行政委員會 香港珠海學院學生會 香港城市大學學生會 香港理工大學學生會 香港中文大學學生會 香港專上學生聯會 香港大學學生會 二零一八年十二月十八日 =================================================== 聯署網址: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfbEQOS_GydKSLgkAgVJa8TiGyO9J1TAtR4d9xzUGn96PnTxg/viewform?usp=sf_link 請同學廣傳,集合力量,以人數表達我們對校方打壓學生自治的不滿及對蔑視選舉結果、拒絕承認民選機關履行會章賦予之職權的嚴重性,要求校方正視並在限期前以回應我們的訴求。

Tit for Tat – Statement from the Hong Kong University Students’ Union on the re-appointment of Arthur Li Kwok Cheung as the HKU Council Chairman

  The Government gazetted the re-appointment of Arthur Li Kwok Cheung as the Council Chairman of the University of Hong Kong yesterday, 15 December 2018. The Hong Kong University Students’ Union is disgruntled about the re-appointment. In 2015, 5000 HKU students demanded, through the general polling of the Union, that the HKU Council Chairmanship must […]

Survey on Union Catering Outlets at Union Building

  Campus catering is an important ring of students’ campus life. In light of this, the Union is now launching a survey on union eateries at Union Building to collect students’ views pertaining to these catering outlets. The Union shall take all surveys collected into consideration when formulating future development of all shops. You are […]

The Growing Roots of Despotism Invading the Heart of Democracy- Statement from the Hong Kong University Students’ Union on Hon Eddie Chu Hoi-dick Being Disqualified from Running in the Rural Representative Election

  Lawmaker Hon Eddie Chu Hoi-dick was disqualified under section 24 of the Rural Representative Election Ordinance by returning officer Enoch Yuen Ka-lok, on 2 December 2018, on the ground that Chu implicitly confirmed “that he supports that independence could be an option for Hong Kong people, in the pretext of exercising the alleged right […]

Herschel Supply Co. Holidays Cash Promotion

  The Union will cooperate with Herschel Supply Co. and offer a holiday promotion for all members to purchase Herschel Supply Co. products at a discounted price. From now on until 31st December, with the cash coupon attached in this post and presenting your student card before making payment, students can enjoy a discount of […]

Opening of the Union’s Study Room

The examination period is approaching and a study room will be open for students in the coming weeks. Opening Hours: Date: 3 December – 22 December Time: 24 hours Location: UG205, Union Building For enquiries, please contact the Administrative Secretary of HKUSU via suas@hku.hk, or staff at the Union Office. We wish you all Superpass!

Union Executives Consultation Forum

  The current Union Executives has been serving the Union and our Members for over half a year, the Union Executive Committee is now organising a consultation forum on 29 and 30 November. Students are welcome to ask questions or give comments to Union Executives regarding their work in the past and future. The details […]

Appeal against Carrie Lam on the Granting of Fellowship

November 2018 Professor Jane Clarke BA PGCE MSc PhD FMedSci FRS President of Wolfson College, Cambridge Wolfson College, Barton Road, Cambridge, United Kingdom RE: Appeal against Carrie Lam on the Granting of Fellowship Dear Professor Clarke, The undersigned are writing to express grave concern about the College’s decision of granting Carrie Yuet-ngor Lam Cheng honorary […]

Opinion collection on the Union Restaurant

  “Talk to EAT Team” will be held on next Tuesday (27/11), 3pm-5pm in Union Restaurant. The Caterer will offer light refreshments for tasting and to collect feedback. Operation team and chefs will also participate in the event. You are encouraged to join and reflect your opinions. For any other inquiry, opinion and complaint towards […]

Beginner’s Class in Hong Kong Mahjong

  There is a variety of Mahjong, for examples Japanese Mahjong and Taiwan Mahjong, and Hong Kong has her very own kind of Mahjong. The Hong Kong University Students’ Union and Chess and Board Games Club, HKUSU will co-organise a beginner’s class in Hong Kong Mahjong. If you are interested in learning mahjong or feeling […]