This week we’re pleased to announce some changes your Officers have been campaigning for have been approved by the University.
A new Drug and Alcohol Policy has been passed by Senate this week, moving from a zero-tolerance punitive policy, to one of harm reduction and education. This change has been brought about by the University listening to Sunday, Guild President and the real-life experiences of Exeter students.
“After a cluster of tragic and incredibly sad drug-related deaths in the sector I knew that this was a workstream I wanted to dedicate my time and attention to, and I am so pleased with the evidence-led outcome. I would like to thank every student who took the time to fill in our survey on drug consumption and their honestly and frankness as well as students who shared painful or upsetting experiences with me. A special thank you to Angus McVean from the Psychedelic Society for his support and input. This was absolutely a community effort. Finally, a huge thank you to the members of the University who took the time to reassess their preconceptions and learn about harm reduction. I feel happy and secure that I am leaving campus a safer place for students.” Sunday Blake, Guild President
The policy changes mean the focus will be on education on drug safety, testing kits and ways to prevent harm. This shift in attitude from the University is fantastic, and it’s great to see them listening to the student community and your Full-time Officers to put the welfare of students first.
Achieving this change was one of Sunday’s manifesto objectives and we’re delighted that through a lot of hard work and positive collaboration with the University, NHS and harm prevention charities the policy is now moving into implementation. This wouldn’t have been possible without your input including the work of our societies and groups raising awareness and campaigning for policy reform.