PROTECT STUDENT RIGHTS AT ON-CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION - ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY (Cambridge)

PROTECT STUDENT RIGHTS AT ON-CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION - ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY (Cambridge)

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The Anonymous Student Committee started this petition to Anglia Ruskin University and

Petition to make Anglia Ruskin University (A.R.U. Cambridge) Security & Accommodation Staff, abide by our rights as tenants/Students under the terms and conditions of the contract that we signed (Students living in on-campus accommodation):

Ever since we arrived in September we have been subject to harassment and or excess surveillance, by Accommodation & Security Staff watching our every move - following us until we 'break rules' that we haven't even been made aware of. They prowl around our accommodation, waiting to report and speak to us like we are high-level criminals. They do not respect or listen to us and they have been equipped with cameras that they've been witnessed using, during interactions!

The Accommodation & Security Staff let themselves into our buildings/flats/rooms even if we are not present, to do random searches, forcibly remove people, follow us around the area and have harassed many of my fellow students. They come into flats and homes late at night and go through kitchens and can access our locked rooms when we are in them. At no point do they give us any notice of this, which is defined in our contract.

There is no regard for our safety, as they are entering different areas not knowing who is self-isolating due to COVID-19. My flat has had a 'random check' on multiple occasions, 2 of which when we are self-isolating and they didn't even know!

This Petition was set up in response to a growing number of students, that gathered in agreement around the following Student statement on the A.R.U. Facebook Group:

 

"I would like to make a formal complaint against the Accommodation Team / Security and how they are invading our privacy with unnecessary surveillance.

Earlier today, we had a girl come to check that the Fire Extinguishers + Fire Blanket were still in place. She informed me that this check would be happening once every week.

How is that necessary? Who do they think is going to touch, remove or even look at those items?

This is simply some stupid way of patrolling houses as if we’re prisoners. We have enough surveillance as it is, so please don’t sugar coat this as “for your safety”.

The other day, security came to talk to some of my housemates because they had a *hunch* that there were more than 6 people inside. They were also wearing cameras and recording the encounter as if we’re criminals or some sort of threat.

STOP THIS.

We are all trying to cope with the stress of Covid and the implications that already exist. We don’t need the Accommodation Team and Security to make us feel worse and more trapped!"

 

Petition created by the Anonymous Student Committee (ASC), on behalf of all; Collier Road (University Shared Houses), Anastasia House, Swinhoe Hall, and Peter Taylor House residents.

STUDENT RIGHTS ARE IMPORTANT!

P.S. The Anonymous Student Committee (ASC) is also looking at reducing course fees, as we are NOT getting the full University experience that pre-COVID students have received. This is also not as advertised by the university. 

#StudentRights #PupilNotPrisoner #StopPolicingStudents #AtHomeNotWar #AngliaRuskinUniversity

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