Branch motion on monitoring students
KU UCU Branch notes that:
a) FASS has issued a circular directing academic staff to keep and report attendance registers on the grounds that as an institution KU is obliged to monitor Tier 4 visa immigrant students;
b) implementing the procedure would entail extra work on academic staff with no educational benefit.
KU UCU believes that:
a) asking staff to monitor specific groups of students undermines staff-student relationships;
b) it is not appropriate for academic staff to be involved in signed registers or other forms of internal immigration control;
c) the University has already put in place administrative arrangements compliant with legislation that were in operation last academic year.
KU UCU recommends that:
a) KU UCU presses management to end the policy of Tier 4 visa monitoring;
b) members do not implement the signed class register procedure;
c) the University should continue to keep non-signing tick registers and use them to chase non-attending students for pedagogic and pastoral reasons irrespective of their visa status.
KU UCU resolves to:
a) support all academic staff carrying out this policy;
b) open a broad debate with UNISON, students and staff on this topic.