SOAS statement on Students' Union's BDS opinion poll
3 March 2015
The Boycott Divestment and Sanctions opinion poll which took place at SOAS last week was organised and run by the Students’ Union. The Students' Union is an organisation independent of SOAS, University of London. The poll has not been endorsed by SOAS.
While the poll has been described as a ‘referendum’ by the Students’ Union, no details were provided in advance for what would make it quorate or valid. In addition, less than 30% of the SOAS community responded. As highlighted in the Students' Union's own correspondence, the School has no legal obligation to act on the result of this vote.
SOAS is committed to maintaining a neutral platform and ensuring that all members of our diverse community are free to express their opinions in a mutually respectful and collegial environment. This can only be conducted effectively in an atmosphere of open enquiry, mutual tolerance and intellectual freedom.