We'd like to announce that we have successfully lobbied York University's Student Community and Leadership Development (SCLD) office to incorporate York's Bill of Rights and Responsibilities in its clubs' contract.
In May 2013, following a peaceful protest for divestment, without being shown any evidence of disruption or being made aware of their right to fair process, SAIA York had its club status revoked by SCLD, and York alumnus Hammam Farah was issued a year-long trespass notice.
Today, after, both, pressure and productive negotiations, the SCLD office has agreed to add York's Bill of Rights and Responsibilities to its clubs' contract. This ensures a more transparent process where all registered student clubs will now be made aware of their York-recognized rights, such as the right to due process, when they agree to abide by University rules by signing the contract. While York's policies still fall short of being in line with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, this is, nevertheless, a victory for all registered student associations at York University.