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Campus News Briefing: Election Results, SSAF Grants, Turnitin

10 September 2018

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Stand Up! retains UMSU presidency
Election week is officially over, and Molly Willmott from Stand Up! has been declared the 2018–19 University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) president. Every office except general secretary and welfare have been declared. Follow our live blog for the results as they come in.

More election drama
The doors to the count room for the UMSU elections were left unlocked this morning with the ballot papers in the room. The returning officers have said they have found no evidence of tampering.

This adds to what was already a dramatic election, which saw major ticket More! receive two entire ticket campaign bans, amounting to one and a half hours, on the Friday.

The right on campus
Right-wing commentator Avi Yemini and a group called the Australian News Network came to the Parkville campus on Friday to ask students’ opinions on Australia’s new prime minister, Scott Morrison. One of the men was wearing a shirt stating “it’s okay to be white”, which provoked an argument with students who told him to leave the campus for spreading racism. More to come.

SSAF grants: explained
Did you know that you could receive up to $250,000 for a project that would benefit students at the University of Melbourne? The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) grant program at the University provides students and staff with the opportunity to run initiatives that centre around students and their work to fulfil the diverse needs of our student population. Read our explainer about how to get money from the Uni here.

Survey Shows High Rates of Sexual Abuse in Academia
Academics and PhD students experience a high level of sexual harassment and gender discrimination in Australian universities, according to a recent survey conducted by Australian Women’s History Network (AWHN).

University Introduces Humanitarian Scholarship
This year, the University launched a new scholarship called the Melbourne Humanitarian Access Scholarship. This was created specifically for students who have applied for asylum in Australia.

Turnt in For What?
Students who submit essays to Turnitin might find their essays commodified for paid plagiarism-checking services such as WriteCheck. Read our investigation here.

Student Card Replacement Fees Highest in the Country
The University of Melbourne’s student card replacement fee is the highest in the country, and at $50 is nearly double the average national cost. Meanwhile, staff members who spoke with Farrago have been able to acquire replacement staff cards free of charge.


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