Shaun Balderson, Senior editor and Director of Web content, provides you with the breaking news involving Goldsmiths Student Union.
The Goldsmiths Student Union (GSU) is facing a series of resignations from high profile figures including the President of the GSU Adrihani Rashid, Leopard Editor -in- chief Sabrina Sharif, Welfare and diversity officer Bahar Mustafa and the Campaigns and Activities Officer Alex Etches.
On November the 17th, The Leopard released an open letter from the Editor In chief Sabrina Sharif; It read “During my campaigning I vowed that The Leopard would be a paper that would be fair, always hold the SU accountable and relay to students what is happening there. However, I have found these goals impossible to meet due to the lack of support from the SU.”
Another more damning open letter from the Leopard comment editor Zac Thomas read “It is with regret that I am resigning as Comment Editor of The Leopard. Over the past week I have been working on a story about high profile allegations against people within the SU. Not only was I asked to redact certain information, but when I sent the final article to be legally checked by the SU, which is an agreed process, I discovered the article had been shared amongst the people that were accused.” Zac continued “they did not sign it off legally as is the norm. Thus putting the legal burden on myself. If Goldsmiths SU wants a free and independent media, they need to give student journalists the legal support that is necessary to do their work.”
On November the 19th, the Goldsmiths Student Union website published a statement from Adrihani Rashid; It reads “I would like to conclude this report by clarifying the final point on this being my last student assembly – I am resigning as a sabbatical officer at Goldsmiths students’ Union due to personal reasons.”
An email containing the resignation of the President of the Student Union was leaked online. The email reads “I am very sorry that I am unable to do this in person, but I am writing to inform you that I am formally putting in my resignation as a sabbatical officer at Goldsmiths Student Union. I will be terminating my contract at Goldsmiths Student Union in January.”
With a series of resignations and repeated testimonies accusing the GSU of serious misconduct, power abuse along with on-going investigations into “high profile allegations against people within the SU”, the Goldsmiths Student Union is on very uncertain, unfamiliar and shaky ground.
Update ( 19/11/15):
Bahar Mustafa the welfare and diversity officer at the SU has announced her resignation publicly on Facebook. Mentioning the allegations of bullying and harassment made against her, Mustafa explained how she is confident that the independent investigation “will expose what has been really going on and shed light on the structural issues which have led to the mental and physical breakdown of all the sabbatical officers”.
Alex Etches, the campaigns and activities officer has also resigned from the Goldsmiths Student Union amid the ongoing investigations into bullying and harassment. The Goldsmiths student Union website confirms both resignations however provides no personal statement from either Bahar or Alex.
In total Goldsmiths SU has lost three of the four full time elected officers including; President of the GSU (Adrihani Rashid), the Welfare and Diversity Officer(Bahar Mustafa), along with the Campaigns and Activities Officer (Alex Etches).