The multi-cultural student societies will elect a new board for KASEUR, their umbrella organisation, on Wednesday. The current board, meanwhile, is refusing to step down.
Last spring the university terminated its partnership with the KASEUR board, mainly due to complaints about the way in which the board of the foundation communicated. This decision resulted in a heated meeting during which representatives of the societies affiliated with the foundation dismissed the board. However, according to the chairman of the board, Germain Fraser, this meeting was not conducted in accordance with the foundation’s articles of association, which state that the board can only be dismissed when it agrees to be dismissed. As a result, the decision to dismiss the board was supposedly invalid. In an e-mail, the board then announced that it was barring all affiliated societies from KASEUR membership.
At the request of the societies, a notary investigated whether it was really impossible to dismiss the board without its consent according to the organisation’s articles. This turned out not to be the case. “Since more than six societies attended the meeting or were represented at it, a decision could be legally arrived at. Since those present unanimously voted to dismiss the board, all the requirements of the articles of associations were satisfied,” the notary wrote in a memo that is currently in EM’s possession. Thus the road was paved for a new board, says Stefan Peterfi, the president of the Eastern European Student Association, EESA. Along with Mindaugas Valentukevicius, also a member of EESA, he makes up the interim board of KASEUR.
Following the notary’s message, Peterfi and Valentukevicius called for elections, which will be held this Wednesday. The two interim managers say they will not be running for positions on the board themselves. Another agenda item for Wednesday’s meeting is the amendments to the articles of associations that may have to be made in order to prevent a reoccurrence of the recent problems. The foundation may be transformed into an association or organisation that only has informal meetings.
Fraser, who has served as KASEUR’s chairman since 2012, was informed of the societies’ plans by Peterfi last Monday. He does not accept the societies’ views. In Fraser’s opinion, the societies are no longer members of KASEUR, and are therefore unable to dismiss its board.
“Last June we asked the societies which of them wished to remain members of KASEUR. None of them replied, so I no longer consider them members.” By now he has filed an appeal with a court of law against EUR’s decision to no longer invite him and his fellow board members to meetings.