4.4 Membership of the Union lapses
automatically on ceasing to be a student on a course validated by
the University of Wolverhampton or on ceasing to be an Officer
5.1 Students who are not full members are not entitled to
represent or be represented by the Union, or to participate in its
democratic processes, or to serve as officers of the Union or of
clubs or societies within or affiliated to the Union.
5.2 Associate members are entitled to
participate in such activities and use such amenities and services
(including social, recreational, sports, catering, travel,
shopping, welfare and accommodation services, access to banking and
other commercial services operated on Union premises, and
membership of clubs, societies, athletics union and sports groups
within or affiliated to the Union) as are provided by the Union for
the generality of students at the University, except that they
might be specifically excluded from entitlement or eligibility to
share in such offers, amenities, activities or services as are
provided for the Union by such organisations whose purposes are to
provide for full members represented by the Union through
association or affiliation.
5.3 Access to licensed premises promoted or managed by the Union
shall be open to all students at the University who are able to
provide such proof of status as may be required by the relevant
5.4 All students at the University, whether
members or not, who participate in the activities of the Union or
who make use of the amenities or services of the Union shall be
bound by the disciplinary procedures of the Union, as set out in
5.5 The Board considers that the range of
services provided by the Union and by the University for the
generality of students at the University, whether members of the
Union or not, is sufficient to ensure that non-members are not
unfairly disadvantaged by reason of their having exercised their
right not to join the Union.
6.6 In accordance with Bye-Law 7 and the Act,
no student may hold a sabbatical Union office or a paid elected
Union office for more than two years at the University.
7.1 The financial affairs of the Union are
conducted in accordance with the Act; the constitution and the
bye-laws approved by the Board.
7.4 The Union is required to appoint external
auditors and to submit to the Board, at such time as the Board
shall determine, the annual financial reports and audited accounts
of the Union.
7.7 The Union is required to make a report to
the University's Director of Finance at not less than quarterly
intervals on its income and expenditure against the approved
7.9 The Union's use and management of premises
and related services which the University provides for the Union
are subject to a lease, and the Union's provision and management of
catering and licensed bar services (if any) will be undertaken in
accordance with a memorandum of co-operation between the Union and
8.1 If the Union decides to affiliate to an
external organisation, the Union is required to publish within the
Union premises and the University Library a notice of that
decision, stating the name of the organisation to which the Union
is to affiliate, and details of any subscription or similar fee
paid or proposed to be paid, and of any donation made or proposed
to be made, to that organisation. That notice is to be freely
available to all students whether or not they are members of the
9.1 The University's formal complaints
procedure is available to all students, whether or not members of
the Union, and may be used by them, individually or in groups, if
they are dissatisfied in their dealings with the Union or if they
believe themselves to be unfairly disadvantaged by reason of their
having exercised the right not to be a member of the Union. Details
of the complaints procedure are published online http://www.wlv.ac.uk/PDF/ind_compl_proc.pdf
and widely within the Union and the University.
9.2 Complaints under this Code of Practice
should be submitted in writing to the Clerk
9.3 On receipt of the complaint, the Clerk will determine
whether it can properly be resolved within the Union or the
University or whether it should be referred for investigation and
report (normally within 21 days) by an independent person appointed
by or on behalf of the Board.
9.4 In the light of the report of the independent person to whom
a complaint has been referred, the Board, or the Chair or Deputy
Chair acting on behalf of the Board, shall, as soon as it
reasonably practicable, take such action as is deemed appropriate
to resolve such complaint effectively, and the decision given by or
on behalf of the Board shall be final.
9.5 The President of the Union and the Clerk will liaise to
ensure that complaints are dealt with promptly and fairly.
10.1 The Union is required to supply promptly to the Clerk a
copy of every notice, report and other statement published or
issued by the Union in compliance with this code of practice and
with the relevant statutory provisions.
10.2 The University draws the attention of all students to
(a) This code of practice relating to the
University of Wolverhampton Students' Union:
(b) The restrictions imposed on the activities
of the Union by the law relating to charities:
(c) The provisions of section 43 of the
Education (2) Act 1986 and the University's Code of Practice on
Freedom of Speech (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/PDF/ind_freespeech_regs.pdf
), in relation to the activities and conduct of the Union:
(d) The right of every student not to be a
member of the Union:
(e) The arrangements it has made for services
of a kind which the Union provides for its members to be provided
for students who are not members.
10.3 The University's prospectus and
information online (including this Code of Practice) informs
persons who are considering whether to become students at the
University of the right of students not to be members of the Union
and of the arrangements it has made for services of a kind which
the Union provides for its members to be provided for students who
are not members of the Union.
11.1 The Clerk will advise the Board if, in
the light of the operation of this code of practice, any revision
of the code appears necessary.
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