Create Change

Code of Conduct

How does this work?

Create Change allows you to change anything: whether you have a gripe or praise, or want to change something on your course, at the Students' Union, or at the University of Wolverhampton.

Once you submit an Idea for Change, we'll put it online to be voted upon (within three working days of receiving it). Your Idea will then be live for two weeks (10 working days) for you and other students to vote on. We'll email a link to your Idea Page so you can tell others about your Idea as much or as little as you like. At the end of 10 working days, your Idea will have to have been voted on by a least 10 students, and scored at least +10 points, to pass.

If your Idea passes, we'll work with your Officers to make sure it happens. We'll always keep you informed on the progress of your Idea throughout Create Change.

What happens when voting for an Idea for Change ends?

When your Idea for Change voting period ends, we'll score your Idea, and will communicate on social media whether your Idea has passed or failed.

If your Idea has passed, we'll provide updates on its progress every two weeks. These updates will be on your Idea Page, so check back regularly.

If your Idea has failed, reflect on why: check the comments on the Idea, your score, or look at how many students voted. You can always submit your Idea for Change again. If you need support telling others about your Idea we're only an email away: contact us at su.change@wlv.ac.uk.

Whatever the outcome of your Idea - whether we're able to do it quickly, over a longer period of time, or are having difficulty getting what you asked for - we'll be clear and transparent about the outcome. All outcomes will be detailed on your Idea Page, and can be viewed at a glance on the Closed Ideas page.

Conduct

Standards of conduct for Create Change are as follows:

  • Ideas for Change are anonymous and cannot name another student or member of staff
  • Respect the views of other students
  • Listen to other students
  • Behave and engage in ways in which you would value others to behave and engage with you
  • Don't demean other students

Ideas for Change on Create Change are not an expression or indication of the policy and/or opinion of the University of Wolverhampton Students' Union. Any statement that could be considered defamation, including of other students, will be rejected and, if a comment on an Idea for Change, deleted.

Safe space guidance

Comments and Ideas in violation of the following guidance may be removed if an elected Officer instructs staff to delete them - this would normally be a collective decision of Shadow Council.

  • I enter this space with a commitment to mutual respect, mutual aid, anti-oppression, advocacy, conflict resolution, non-violence, participative democracy, and community building.
  • I respect everyone’s names, preferred gender pronouns, expressed identities, and experiences.
  • I avoid making assumptions, promote mutual appreciation, and understand that no one is required to share information about their identities or experiences.
  • I support the empowerment of each person and strive to continually acknowledge the histories and structures of oppression that marginalise some and divide us all.
  • I commit to making spaces as accessible as possible; physically, socially, and personally.
  • I do not engage in violence, threats, harassment or bullying.
  • I recognise that certain behaviour can be triggering for individuals, such as trivialising or dismissing someone’s thoughts or experiences.
  • I commit to listening to others, and creating opportunities for all voices to be heard.
  • I accept a shared responsibility where we all hold ourselves and one another accountable to these agreements, without violence, judgement, or assumption of intent.
  • I encourage open minds and open hearts. I do not assume the intentions of others in order to foster a non-judgemental and accessible environment.

Scoring

Create Change uses a weighted net approval method to score Ideas for Change. At the end of the two week voting period, we'll score your Idea depending on the number of votes each option (Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree) gains, giving you an overall score. This could be a positive or negative score, depending on how students voted on your Idea. If fewer than 10 students vote on an Idea, it'll score zero. Ideas have to score +10 or more for us to work on them to make them happen.

Voting options are weighted as follows:

  • Strongly Agree: +2
  • Agree: +1
  • Neutral: 0
  • Disagree: -1
  • Strongly Disagree: -2
  • Don't Know: 0

If over 50% of students vote Don't Know, the Idea will automatically score zero.

Big Change

Ideas that are problematic or need a larger number of students for approval are a Big Change. These work like normal Ideas for Change, but instead require a minimum of 10 students they require a minimum of 2% of students to vote.

During 2018/19, 2% of all students is 375.

If your Idea is a Big Change we'll contact you to let you know, and support you in telling others about your Idea.

Problematic Ideas

Ideas for Change are problematic when they involve significant cost to the Students' Union (over £1000), are harmful, or could contravene the Safe Space Guidance.

If your Idea is problematic, we'll contact you in the first instance. If you do not respond, or do not wish to modify your Idea for Change, it will be classed as a Big Change.

Complaints

Any complaints regarding an Idea for Change should be raised formally, in writing, by emailing su.change@wlv.ac.uk.

The Community Officer (for 2018/19) and Union Chair (elected Oct 2018; an alternative Officer in the meantime) will be sent anonymised copies of the complaint, and asked whether they consider the complaint to be valid; and when possible, what action should be taken. Should there be a tie between two elected Officers, the Democratic Procedures Advisor will be responsible for splitting the tie.

Any Idea may be removed or automatically failed in answer to a complaint.

No complaints will be accepted 29 days after an Idea for Change has closed.

Rejected Ideas for Change

We categorically refuse to censor our students in any way.
Create Change is an open platform for all students at the University of Wolverhampton.

If any Ideas for Change are rejected we will detail full reasoning below:

Rejected Ideas for Change

  • 10 Sep 2018: Idea submitted, Sack the management, at 20:12, 7 Sep 2018 - submitter's student status not determined. Only current students at the University of Wolverhampton are able to submit Ideas for Change.
  • 10 Sep 2018: Idea submitted, I want a strip club in the SU, at 20:16, 7 Sep 2018 - submitter's student status not determined. Only current students at the University of Wolverhampton are able to submit Ideas for Change.
  • 21 Sep 2018: Idea submitted, I had an awful service from the advice and support centre in the SU...close it down, at 19:31, 20 Sep 2018 - submitter's student status not determined. Only current students at the University of Wolverhampton are able to submit Ideas for Change.
  • 27 Sep 2018: Idea submitted, Mamma Mia movie sing along night on Walsall Campus - SU bar and cafe, at 14:01, 27 Sept 2018 - duplicate/identical Idea.
  • 28 Nov 2018: Idea submitted, Expand hours of LGBT Mental health drop in to a whole afternoon, plus one evening a month, at 15:31, 24 Nov 2018 - submitter was not a student. Only current students at the University of Wolverhampton are able to submit Ideas for Change.
  • 28 Nov 2018: Idea submitted, The student union shop should boycott Israeli products until their war crimes on Palestinian civilians end, at 10:20 on 24 Oct 2018 - classed as a Big Change, submitter did not respond within a calendar month; Idea assumed withdrawn