University-policy

The existing commitment of motivated students as an organized group within a political network of civil society actors that goes beyond the university space cannot, in view of the urgently needed social and ecologically just transformations to be striven for, aim at a reproduction of the existing participation structures. Instead, beyond an instrumental equality of opportunity within the status groups of the universities, which is to be designed fairly, it is necessary to fight for a good life and studies – be it, for example, within the framework of low-threshold accessible information offers in the political decision-making process in order to, among other things to facilitate a more direct participation of all students or the long-term demand for barrier-free funding of universities by the federal and state governments, as well as the representation of the interests of all students in the pursuit of a needs-based, independent study funding, so that the decision of each individual student as the root finger of the solidary student collective for the good life can be made openly, securely and informed.

Concerns of the University Policy Unit:

  1. first semester students
  • Presentation of the AStA at first semester student greetings (this is to be politicized)
  • Introductory events for freshmen should be politicized instead of further commercialization; possible projects for an eco-social, alternative introductory week or critical introductory week should be promoted

  • 2.democracy, participation and university elections
  • Creation of an “election-o-mat” for the student committee elections
  • Establishment of fair campaign financing for university groups
  • Demanding a quota-based quarter parity in all committees
  • Examine the establishment of regular student general assemblies (e.g., at least one per legislature)
  • Use of online voting and digital ballots
  • Simplification of the room allocation process for student initiatives
  • Conception of campaigns on the topics of classism (workers* children), democracy (committee share of status groups) and equality (women* share in status groups)

3. auxiliary staff

  • active cooperation with trade unions (e.g. ver.di and GEW)
  • holding of a general assembly for student employees

4. politics outside the university self-administration

  • Bringing state political demands to the state government via the state Asten conference
  • Consideration of joining the fzs (“freier zusammenschluss von student*innenschaften e.V.”)
  • Participation in campaigns for the establishment of a dynamic BAföG that is adjusted to the actual cost of living and is independent of the student’s origin

  • 5. Study
  • Stopping the economization of research and teaching
  • financial relief for students (suing for and returning the administrative cost contribution)
  • the establishment of an actual civil clause as well as a sustainability clause
  • Participation in the actions of the “Learning at the Limit” campaign

Contact

Arne Krause, Emely Green, Alexandra Schrankel

hopo@asta-giessen.de