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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sussex university acceeds to Students' demands..... Sussex University Occupation declares victory.

Sussex university students staged an occupation of University buildings and presented a charter of demand to the University administration, which were accepted by university on second day of occupation.

Charter of Demand:

  • Ethical investment/divestment
  • Sanctions against Israeli goods and products sold on campus
  • Scholarships for Palestinian students
  • Support for Palestinian universities
  • No reprisals against protesters

A full and detailed statement had been developed by the University in discussion with the students, in response to the six demands which the students presented. That statement –which is set out below in full – represents a positive response by the University to all the points made by the students, in particular through:

  • confirming its ethical investment policy and reviewing its operation;
  • seeking to create new scholarships for students from all areas affected by conflict or catastrophe, including Palestine;
  • working with the students' union (USSU) and other UK HEIs to pass surplus educational materials to universities in Palestine.
  • Detailed discussion involving USSU on how these are to be taken forward will follow, now that the action has ended.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Farthing, has also said that the University, working with the students’ union, will now wish to look at these events and review how such matters are handled , so that the University can learn lessons from what has happened, in the interests of the whole Sussex community.

source: LSE Occupation Blog(

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