VPFH Petition

Note: this will probably be of interest only to UTSC students.

So I’ve gone ahead and started circulating a petition around campus. It lists the ways in which the current VP Students & Equity has not been doing his job properly, and demands that he resign. If he doesn’t, it demands that the Board of Directors remove his powers.

This comes on the tail of months of trying to get him to perform the duties outlined in his job description, with no appreciable progress. It’s ridiculous that this guy is being given 14,000$ of student money to sit on his ass and not represent student needs.

The full text of the petition is below; you can also get this in PDF format, and if you feel inspired to spread the word, print out a few copies of the signature sheet and circulate the petition. Drop off the petition in the LGBTQ Lounge before 5 on Friday, March 7, so I can bring it to the board meeting. Note that this is for students of UTSC only — love and support from elsewhere is greatly appreciated, but reasons of legitimacy I need to limit the actual signers of the petition to current students.

Petition to Ahmad Jaballah, SCSU Vice-President, Students and Equity and to the SCSU Board of Directors

WHEREAS the VP S&E has neglected to co-operate with the Special Advisor to the
Principal on Equity Issues, Aysan Sev’er, and has failed to attend a single
meeting or event organized by Professor Sev’er,

WHEREAS the VP S&E has failed to establish a positive working relationship with the
LGBTQ Resources & Programs Office and other Equity Offices, violating
the terms of his job description, viz: “Maintain communication with the
Equity Officers of the University of Toronto.”

WHEREAS the VP S&E has failed to establish a positive working relationship with
and has attended no meetings or events of the Sustainability Office, the
Cultural Affairs Office, Student Housing & Residence Life or the Athletics
Centre, in many cases never even having met with representatives from
these offices and departments,

WHEREAS various other departments and organizations have so little faith in the VP
S&E that they have given up on trying to contact him for events and
campaigns,

WHEREAS the VP S&E has attended no meetings or events organized by the UTSC
Advisory Committee on Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities, UTSC
Cultural Affairs Committee, the Equity Matters at UTSC Committee or
the Positive Space Committee, violating the terms of his job description,
which mandates that he sit on these committees,

WHEREAS the VP S&E has made no efforts to promote positive space on campus,
violating the terms of his job description, viz: “Ensure the accessibility,
inclusivity and quality of all SCSU services and events. [...] Promote
equity, diversity and inclusivity goals of the organization”,

WHEREAS the VP S&E has repeatedly been resistant to meeting with the coordina-
tors of the LGBTQ Lounge,

WHEREAS the VP S&E has repeatedly failed to attend meetings of the Standing
Committee on Students and Equity, the UTSC Council on Student Ser-
vices, the UTSC Advisory Committee on Campus Safety and Security, the
SCSU Clubs Funding Subcommittee and the UTSC Advisory Committee
on Equity, thus violating the terms of his job description,

WHEREAS the VP S&E has repeatedly failed to comply with the recommendations
and directives of SCOSE, violating the terms of his job description, viz:
“Undertake other duties as assigned by [...] the Standing Committee of
Students & Equity and the Board of Directors.”

WHEREAS the VP S&E has already been censured by the SCSU Board of Directors
for not fulfilling the requirements of his position,

WHEREAS the VP S&E has violated the terms of said censure, specifically “The VP
Students and Equity [shall] write a formal letter of apology to the Board
of Directors and a major media publication before January 30th.” and has
thus violated article 8.01 of By-Law 1, “The Executive Committee shall
execute all resolutions of the Board [...]”

WHEREAS the VP S&E has, by his own admission, been unable to perform his duties
and has failed to arrange for his mandate to be fulfilled, and has thus vi-
olated article 9.05 of By-Law 1, “The Vice-Presidents of the Corporation
shall carry out their assigned duties as directed by the Board, the Execu-
tive Committee, the SCSU Operational Manual, and their respective job
descriptions”,

we the students of UTSC deem Ahmad Jaballah unsuited to the position of
Vice-President Students and Equity, and demand that he resign his position
immediately.

Should Ahmad Jaballah refuse to resign his position of Vice-President Students
& Equity upon presentation of this petition from the student body demanding
that he do so,

WHEREAS the VP S&E has shown no inclination to fulfill the mandate of his position,

WHEREAS the SCSU Board of Directors has set a deadline on the terms of his censure
and this deadline has passed without the terms having been met,

WHEREAS the VP S&E has shown no inclination to fulfill the requirements of his
censure,

WHEREAS the VP S&E has flouted the rules and procedures of the SCSU board of
directors,

WHEREAS the VP S&E has refused to take responsibility for his delinquency by
resigning his position,

we demand that the SCSU Board of Directors entertain a motion to proceed
with a tier 3 removal of powers of the VP S&E.

Signed,
The students of the University of
Toronto, Scarborough Campus

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