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Welcome to the ideas platform. This is a place where you can submit an idea for change as well as voting and commenting on other students ideas. The more votes and comments a post gets the more likely it’ll be taken to the SUBU Summit or Student Member’ meeting where students will vote whether to adopt the idea as Union Policy. 



Your ideas can be about anything, from big structural changes to small amendments. They can call for change from within SUBU, BU or the wider community.  Your ideas can be action based such as asking the Union to lobby the university on a specific issue or ideological such as supporting a specific group. Prior to every meeting of the SUBU Summit and Student Members' meeting the SUBU Summit Chair goes through all your ideas and decides which ones should be developed into motions and taken to the meetings. Motions are discussed and debated and a final vote is then taken. If approved these motions then become Union Policy. You can find out more about Union Policy, as well as viewing the current list of live policies here.


When submitting your idea be sure to include the following information in the description:

1. What you think the problem is- this should include background information including facts, figures and research

2. What you think the solution is- this is the large scale changes that need to happen and the specific steps that you think need to be taken 

3. Which Full-Time Officer you think should lead on it

4. What other student groups you think should be involved in this work



Once you have submitted your idea one of the team will be in touch to invite you in to discuss your ideas!

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  • Last submission 02:31 on 06 May 2022
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    End Mask-Based Discrimination of Disabled Students

      Disabled students are frequently asked to wear masks on campus despite doing so potentially causing a serious physical or mental reaction. Often people demand confidential medical information (such as the nature of their disability) as proof of exemption. Even if not directly challenged, individuals feel ostricised for not being able to wear masks. People glance at them or treat them differently at the shops, on the bus, in halls, and now in university where they are supposed to be treated equally. All students are aware of the university's policies on wearing face coverings and need not be constantly reminded. University staff should be tolerant and respectful of those who cannot wear masks instead of making them feel uncomfortable and different. The following video is an example of some of the discrimination disabled people are afraid of: 1) Call for the immediate removal of "No Mask, No Entry" signs from the campus. These signs discriminate against individuals who are not able to wear face masks and should instead be replaced with "Your Mask, Your Choice" signs, which harbor no hostility or abilism towards those with hidden disabilities. 2) The student union to fight the targeting of students with hidden disabilities who cannot wear face masks. They deserve to feel accepted in society like everybody else and just because they don't look disabled doesn't mean they aren't.
    Claire Hannah-Russell
    3:42pm on 19 Oct 21 Is there a lanyard that people can wear to show they do not need to comply with social restrictions? I think there is a system for this, though agree that its really problematic. I am deaf and have had a few people really lose their patience with me because they are ranting at me about a mask before listening to me explain that my communication relies on them seeing what I am saying and me relying on seeing what they are saying. I cannot tell how loud or quiet my voice is so usually rely on them seeing me speak because most people subconsciously are reading lips all the time for vital cues.
    Caitlyn Bembridge
    10:44am on 22 Oct 21 If you have a medical exemption for wearing a mask, you will have been given an exemption card along with being informed to wear a sunflower lanyard. Whilst I do appreciate that it does not create a productive environment, I have never been stopped and questioned when I have my lanyard on. This is something that as Disabled Student Officer we can look into further and discuss with staff, but I do feel we all need to work together to make it clear if you are merely trying to avoid the rules or have a genuine exemption.
    Tanya Bellows
    3:45pm on 25 Nov 21 Hi all, I support this notion. I have a genuine exemption but I choose not to wear a lanyard. In a nutshell, for me, it's like a big arrow on my head that says "I'm different!" and then it feels like I could have strangers silently guessing or even judging my disability. I want to be seen as a person, not just label myself as a person with a disability. If people want to think that I'm and bending the rules, then whatever really. I'd rather that than introduce myself to people as "hello, I'm disabled." I am more than my illness and ailments. Some people are comfortable wearing a lanyard and that's great, but everyone is different and there should be consideration for those who are exempt and choose not to wear a lanyard.
    Lucinda Phalp
    2:05am on 30 Nov 21 I am exempt and sadly was issued no such card, as due to the variable nature of chronic illness between sufferers, many with my condition are in fact able to wear masks. However the range of reasons people cannot wear them is much wider than initially thought... I was not contacted by gov., i spoke to a GP who confirmed it was okay for me to not wear one due to them causing falls, fainting and presyncope I was told to make my own card via the print out on the gov website, something that not all people are able to do as maybe be unable to access a printer or not have funds for public printer. I do wear my lanyard most of the time but the sunflower lanyard =/= mask exempt and many wearers also wear face coverings, and it is dangerous to equate the two as people may assume that the wearer needs no additional help e.g. when shopping or in crowds (signifying such is the original purpose of the sunflower lanyard) as it simply means they cannot wear as mask, which would defeat the object of the sunflower lanyards existence. This could put disabled people such as us at risk. Additionally, due to the nature of many disabilities and possible commodities, the person with the exemption may not be able to wear a lanyard due to sensory issues, or struggle to remember to bring it due to brain fog or executive dysfunction. Plus as Tanya said, it is not fair to make those who are less comfortable in their identity as a disabled person than you and I wear one, as they may feel very uncomfortable doing this. Regardless, both off and on campus, even when wearing mine, i have suffered the aforementioned dirty looks, rude comments, and constant questioning about why i am not wearing one, and this prompts invasive questions such as "what's wrong with you".So overall i very much agree with this motion, is especially wholeheartedly agree with SUBU doing some education on this matter,. However I do understand Caitlyn that some people may use "your mask your choice" as an excuse to not wear one even if they have no exemption which could of course put immunocomprised people at risk, but "no mask no entry" breeds anger at the exempt. I would suggest a compromise by the additional text of "exemptions apply, please be kind if you see someone not wearing a face covering. " and perhaps some brief description of what the possible reasons may be (eg could be autism, breathing issue, panic disorder). As a final note, the use of the word mask is maybe an issue it itself? Face covering may be preferable and more inclusive. As personally if i am having a good day with my POTS i can wear a face shield, but can never really wear a mask anymore without the previously mentioned presyncope as well as severe nausea, as my symptoms have become more severe over the past year.