In an OUSU Council meeting to be held today (Friday 12th November), Matt Sellwood will propose the following:
1. That the Said Business School was mainly funded by a 20 million pound donation by Wafiq Said.
2. That Wafiq Said is an infamous arms dealer, and was facilitator for the Al-Yamamah arms deal to Saudi Arabia, in which torture equipment, offensive weapons and riot suppression gear was sold to Saudi Arabia by British arms companies.
3. That Wafiq Said was implicated, at least in part, in the arms scandal that lost Conservative Ministers their jobs.
4. That the building of the Said Business School was opposed in the 1990s for this reason, that a petition of 10,000 signatures was collected against the development, and that a massive protest camp sprung up to prevent the building of the SBS.
5. That OUSU supported the protesters, who included many students.
1. That the Said Business School is funded by ethically dubious methods, and that Wafiq Said's donation should never have been accepted.
2. That it is important for any student union to engage with the local community in an ethical and sustainable manner.
3. That the Said Business School is a prime example of the University ignoring its students, the wishes of the local community, and basic standards of ethical behaviour.
1. Not to hold any OUSU events within the Said Business School, nor to associate the good name of OUSU with this institution.
2. To ensure that any events which are, unavoidably, already booked to occur within the SBS, mention the history of the building and the struggles against it to any students using its facilities. This should be done through leaflets distributed to anyone using the SBS with the help of OUSU.
3. To ensure that, in the future, the Ethics Committee is consulted when decisions which are obviously ethically controversial are made in the Student Union.
This has been seconded by Jesus College student Catriona Hobbs.