Our programme to the election of senate and students parliament 2022.
Before we turn to new ideas and plans for the upcoming legislature, we want to briefly reflect on the past year.
Our work in the StuPa:
In the StuPa board: We are represented by three people in the StuPa board. Among other things, the StuPa board organizes the meetings. It also communicates and coordinates a lot with the university administration.
In the committees: We are represented by one person each in the Election Committee, the Hardship Committee and the Audit Committee.
As parliamentarians: We take our task as elected representatives of the student body very seriously and have already been able to implement many motions, for example the free menstrual products. Through the parliament we can put important student issues on the agenda within the university.
Our work in the AStA:
Due to the pandemic, the AStA was paralyzed for a long time and suffered from a lack of staff. Fortunately, we were able to change that! For the current legislature, we provide one person each from the General Board of the AStA and the Finance Board.
In addition, we are in charge of the department for gender policy and the department for special affairs. A well staffed AStA means to have contact persons for you, if you want to organize a party or if you plan other actions. This is the only way for a colorful student life to take place.
The AStA is also the interface between the student body and the university presidium.
Our work in the senate:
We were able to fill two seats of student representation in the Senate last year. The senate is the highest body of the university and decides, for example, on the appointment of professors. The senate also elects the presidium. During the election of the new vice presidents, we have repeatedly pointed out the student interests. Through a motion, we were able to ensure that student members of committees now receive an expense allowance. In addition, together with the women's and equal opportunity representatives, we fought for a critical reappraisal of the honoring of members with a Nazi past.
Overall, we were able to achieve a great deal and initiate some noticeable changes. We would like to continue this. But we also want to set new priorities.
Racist structures can be found all around us and thus also at our university. We want to make them visible again and again and name them clearly. In order to smash racist structures, we will attack them again and again. This includes a critical examination of the specimens from the so-called "Racial Skull Collection". The collection has emerged from power hierarchical, colonial and racist contexts and must be repatriated.
We are committed to ensuring that people - regardless of their origin, religion or appearance - are given the same opportunities. The federal government, the state of Hesse and the university make it easier for Ukrainian students who have fled to continue their studies at our university. We think that is great. But we demand this possibility for all refugees. For this purpose, more interpreters and buddy programs should be used to facilitate the entry into the university and also the start in Germany. We demand educational justice for all people!
Specifically, we are fighting for more support for refugees who want to study. We also demand the return of the specimens from the "racial skull collection" medical-historical-anatomical collection.
In the summer semester of 2022, the pilot project PERIOD. has started through our initiative. Free menstrual products are now available at four locations. However, because with approximately 12,000 potentially menstruating people, four dispensers are far from enough, we want to expand this project and add more locations. The same applies to the all-gender restrooms, which are already available in some buildings. Here, too, we want to expand the offering.
In the long term, we are committed to making the curricula at all departments anti-patriarchal. This means, for example, that teaching about abortion is mandatory in medical studies. Or that literature lists are critically examined for their share of FLINTA* authors. This goes hand in hand with a constant commitment to a larger FLINTA* share of professorships.
Specifically, we want more locations for menstuation product dispensers as well as more all-gender restrooms.
You're always passed over - except at the beginning of the semester, when you're suddenly supposed to answer all the lecturers thousands of questions about your body or your past. Nevertheless, nobody remembers any of this during the exam phase.
Anyone who receives a so-called "disadvantage compensation" will know what I'm talking about. Despite the existence of a central office at the university, which negotiates and issues the "Nachteilsausgleiche", it is currently the sole responsibility of the persons concerned to inform about it. We therefore call for a university-wide, uniform system, with which each person has the possibility directly when registering for courses and exams to send the "disadvantage compensation" and other relevant comments to the lecturers in an uncomplicated but confidential manner.
The University of Marburg claims to be inclusive for all people. For us, it is clear that this is not possible in an examination- and performance-oriented system. Nevertheless, or precisely because of this, Ableism must be consistently combated everywhere.
Specifically, a better solution is needed for dealing with "disadvantage compensation."
All those affected must be taken seriously - after all, we know best what we need!
Ableism describes a form of discrimination that assumes that non-disabled people are the norm. This is anti-disability because it systematically devalues the disabled and chronically ill.
As an anti-fascist student association, we demand that Philipps University critically deal with its fascist past.
Old Nazis are still honored at the Philipps-Universität and in Marburg through honorary titles, street or square names.
In the Senate we have already achieved that the reappraisal of honors with a Nazi past will be continued. The necessary goal is to publish these results and, if necessary, to withdraw honors, to encourage the renaming of street and square names and to classify them critically.
In order to do justice to the people who were victims of National Socialism, Marburg must become a place where recognition is no longer given to the people who advocated or supported these ideologies.
For us, this also means - patriarchal and right-wing structures must not be given a place. That means, Burschenschaften out of the university, because the university has the responsibility to warn especially freshmen* against the so-called "fox hunt".
No place for Nazis and frat boys at the university; frat boys' villas to autonomous centers!
Concretely we demand: Old Nazis out of the university - departmental reappraisal of Nazi past as well as a guest professorship on Philipps University in German fascism.
The lockdown crisis of recent years has hit us students hard - financially, socially, psychologically and culturally. As SDS left. green. feminist we fight together for a study that is equally open to all. We fight against the neoliberal ideologies of privatization and individualization. We see studying as a basic right for all and not as a privilege of a few. We don't want to accept the permanent underfunding of the education system, which shows in seminars with an unbelievable number of participants or dilapidated buildings. We want to organize ourselves together with our fellow students for the struggle for social improvements, for emancipatory studies and the realization of the basic right to education. Because this is a collective matter - and for that everyone is important. We have 100 billion better ideas about which projects can be implemented and which crises can be dealt with.
Again and again, we students have to ask ourselves where we are going to get the money to live. If you don't have the privilege of being supported from home, the funding has to come from somewhere else. How about BAföG? We all know that alone is not enough to live on. What about the part-time job to make up for the lack of money at the end of the month? It's hardly possible to do that while studying full time in a regular period of study. But at least you can get healthy food cheaply at the Mensa, right? That, too, is becoming increasingly difficult now that the canteen prices have been raised for the summer semester of 2022. And the Marburg cafeteria was already more expensive than other cafeterias in a nationwide comparison. By the way, the rent prices in Marburg are similar, and we are all dreading the next utility bill.
You are not alone with these problems. 100 billion for the armed forces are decided fast times, however where remain the 100 billion for education? We do not want to accept these problems any longer! Because all students should be entitled to a carefree study at their own pace!
That is why we demand and advocate for a relief package for students* with a flat rate for energy costs for all, a flat rate for housing for all, low cafeteria prices and free public transport.
A large part of us find ourselves in living situations where it is not possible to relax in a piece of garden or grow vegetables there. Therefore, we have to resort to purchased vegetables or the Lahn meadows, which are overcrowded in the summer. We want to change that, so three types of self-managed campus gardens will be created: Vegetables, Herbs and Wildflowers. For this purpose, suitable green areas of the university, for example in the inner courtyard of the Philfak, will be selected and designed according to possibility. Student initiatives should also be able to apply for money from the university or Stud.werk to maintain the gardens.
In addition, we as SDS in the Senate want to call on the university to promote energy-efficient building renovations and to provide an ecological canteen in cooperation with local producers. Furthermore, the offer of free drinking water dispensers should be expanded.
Specifically, we want to establish self-managed campus gardens. In addition, the offer in the canteen should become ecological-regional, free drinking water should be made available and the offer of water dispensers should be expanded.
What is a civil clause? A civil clause is the commitment of a university to teach and conduct research for peaceful purposes only. Preventing arms research and demanding transparency for military research follows the idea of responsible science for peace. That sounds sensible! By the way, civil clauses already exist at some universities, e.g. in Frankfurt, Tübingen or Oldenburg.
Doesn't a civil clause restrict the freedom of research? A civil clause does not restrict freedom, but reinforces human dignity, which is also guaranteed by the German constitution. The freedom of science itself is a result of the experiences of the 2nd World War, in order to protect research from the influence of the arms industry with regard to the preparation of future wars.
Concretely: Marburg needs a civil clause!
We need a (re)democratization of the university. This should start from the understanding of the universities as a public affair, in which the members consult and decide on an equal footing.
We need equal participation of all status groups (professors, students, academic staff and administrative-technical employees). All committees should have equal representation (=quarter parity).
In addition to democratic university self-administration, teaching must also be democratized. The unity of research and teaching means enabling research-based learning and teaching-based research and involving students in current social issues.
In concrete terms: quarter parity, i.e. equal voting rights of the status groups in all university committees.