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The Academic Reform Group said during its weekly meeting that it will meet with IGNITE officials as it continues unofficially and plans to move ahead with the appeal process to be reinstated as an official club, a status they lost on Monday.


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According to the statement of de-ratification that they received from IGNITE, it was the result of several violations including a complaint from a University of Guelph-Humber staff along with IGNITE employees.

It follows an investigation into a grade drop experienced by Psychology Program students in their third year enrolled in Dr. Masood Zangeneh’s PSYC 3150 course.

It was in GH 234, officially known as the Leadership Lounge located on the second floor of Guelph-Humber, where two ARG members held an urgent 3 p.m. public meeting to discuss the news that IGNITE had cut them from the club list, among other items.

President Hannah Derue said ARG had multiple qualms with IGNITE against their record: one for holding a meeting without informing the clubs coordinator, another for putting up unapproved posters and a complaint from a Guelph-Humber staff member.

Ms. Derue showed media on Monday morning the emails she had sent to IGNITE after being informed of the meeting violation where she wrote she was confused and unaware that small meetings had to be submitted to the student association.

Derue explained that the clubs coordinator was also “disappointed in the [club’s] transparency” in the meeting violation email, where the coordinator said ARG’s initiatives were not the ones agreed to when the club was created.

The coordinator that they had found out the reform group’s initiatives from other clubs and administration, explaining that the objectives of ARG could be too close to IGNITE-chosen Academic Program Representatives that bring student issues to administration.

“We’re the only transparent student group on campus,” Derue said after the meeting, explaining that APR meetings are set behind closed doors, a fact The Avro Post was able to confirm.

“To say that we were not transparent in our conduct as a student group is unfounded,” Derue wrote in an email to the clubs coordinator she sent to the press pool designated for media covering the ARG.

Late last week, the Academic Reform Group put up posters on the Humber College North Campus without being approved by IGNITE, but Derue said she did not realize there was a poster approval process for IGNITE clubs as there was no form for it.

When Derue emailed the clubs coordinator for more information on how to go about the proper way of putting up posters on campus on Friday, IGNITE did not respond until Monday morning when they sent the “de-ratification” email.

The president and Vice President of Correspondence Kayla Terciera published a press release shortly before 2 p.m. on Monday where they stated the Academic Reform Group would continue unofficially until they could appeal to the IGNITE Board of Directors.

IGNITE cited parts of the clubs code that addressed holding unapproved events and breach of clubs policy in the termination letter.

It also charged the ARG of “committing an offence or engaging in an activity that damages the reputation of IGNITE” without further expansion.

“This action follows a complaint from the University of Guelph-Humber staff as well as IGNITE employees,” the de-ratification notice read.

Ms. Derue said that this could be have been a complaint in response to the joint-investigation carried out by the Academic Reform Group and The Avro Post published last week.


More details to follow. Edited by Kaela Johnson. By Eli Ridder and Fredrik Lariviere. Image of the Leadership Lounge by Fredrick Lariviere/The Avro Post. 

Editor’s Note: President of ARG Hannah Derue and Eli Ridder are a couple and therefore Fredirick Lariviere and Kayla Johnson were brought in for accountability, accuracy and to nullify any conflict-of-interest. 

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Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber and a senior correspondent for multiple independent publications including, but not limited to, The Anon Journal, Berning Media Network and the Ribbon. Find out more at eliridder.ca

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