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Statement from the Board of Trustees

On the 17 January 2017, City University London Students’ Union (the Union) Board of Trustees in accordance with the Union Constitution took the decision to override the Annual General Meeting motion titled ‘Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)’.

The Union is happy to support all students in drafting motions submitted to a General Meeting, Referendum or Student Council to try and avoid cases where the Union Board of Trustees would need to override a decision. The Union is a registered charity and is required to remain compliant with all relevant legislation.  Upon receiving legal advice the Union Board of Trustees decided that the existing wording of the motion was not compliant with legislation and therefore it could not remain a policy of the Union. The Board of Trustees took no view on the merits of the motion's subject.

The proposer has been made aware and will be able to submit an amended policy.

The Union would encourage students to contact the Union President if they wish to speak about motions they want to submit to future meetings.

Yusuf Ahmad
Chair of the Board of Trustees



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