News briefs – Feb. 27, 2013

Jessica Klymchuk, Contributor Ω

Candidates campaign for the Lancaster University students union elections in 2012. - Photo by Dave Bleasdale.

Candidates campaign for the Lancaster University students union elections in 2012. – Photo by Dave Bleasdale.

Election dates set

It’s almost that time again – the time where students elect their representatives on the students union council.

TRUSU adopted the 2013 general election schedule at its Feb. 6 council meeting.
The nomination period, which was recently extended from one to two weeks, opens on March 4 and closes on March 15 at 4 p.m. Candidates will be announced and campaigning begins on March 18.

Voting will take place on March 25 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and March 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

University looking at anti-plagiarism software

The university’s Educational Programs Committee continues to show an interest in implementing plagiarism detection software, TRUSU executive director Nathan Lane told TRUSU council at its Feb. 6 meeting.

The university has chosen not to utilize turnit.com, a website that detects unoriginal content in submitted work, but is still investigating other forms of anti-plagiarism software.

TRUSU believes the software will have a negative impact on the university if used.

Equity collective meetings now required

The equity collectives representing groups like women, Aboriginals, international students, graduate students and the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer and questioning) community must now hold public meetings.

TRUSU council amended the collectives’ terms of reference at its Feb. 6 meeting to require them to meet at least once a month, including the summer months. Unless they are on leave, the elected advocacy representatives will be required to chair the meetings.

The students union recently added two new collectives, one for graduate students and the other for the LGBTQ community, as a result of a vote at its Jan. 24 annual general meeting.

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