Motions and petitions for appeal

Making motions

When a student or and association gets an idea for the Student Union to execute, the matter can be put forward making a motion. Every member of the Student Union and every association operating within Tamy has the right to make motions to the Student Union’s Council of Representatives and Executive Board. Motions must be made in writing, e.g. email, and submitted to the Secretary General or the Executive Board’s chair. The subject line of the email should state ‘Motion’ as the board and the council have specific schedules for answering motions.

After the motion has been submitted, the Council of Representatives must answer motions within two months and the Executive Board within one month. Motions made between 1 April and 31 July are considered by 30 September.

Making a motion to the Council of Representatives

If your motion concerns the whole student body or the workings of Tamy as a whole, the motion should be directed to the Council of Representatives. Motions made to the council are addressed to the Executive Board, which will give a statement on the motion. The motion is considered in the next possible meeting of the Council of Representatives.

Making a motion to the Executive Board

If you have an individual motion which concerns only some of the students or for example Tamy’s facilities and activities, the motion should be directed to the Executive Board. The board will take the matter to the council if necessary. Every autumn, the Executive Board also requests associations for motions for the coming year’s plan of action and budget. Associations are informed of this in associations’ chairs’ meetings, on email lists and on this website.

Please contact the Secretary General or the Executive Board’s chair for more information about making and submitting a motion.

Appeal against the Student Union’s decision

The Main Rule of the Student Union of the University of Tampere provides for appeals against decisions of the Council of Representatives, the Executive Board and the Central Election Committee as follows (section 40):

According to the Universities’ Act (558/2009), a request for rectification of a decision of the Student Union concerning an administrative matter may be lodged as provided in the Administrative Procedure Act (434/2003). The request may lodged by a party who the decision concerns or whose rights, duties or entitlements the decision immediately affects. The party is deemed to have received service of the decision when the decision is posted on the Student Union’s official notice board for public inspection or when the party has received service of the decision in person when necessary. The request for rectification must be lodged within 30 days of service to the authority who has issued the decision. An appeal against the decision on the request for rectification may be lodged to an administrative court as provided in the Administrative Judicial Procedure Act (586/1996).

A member of the Student Union has a right to appeal against a decision by a Student Union organ on the grounds that the decision has been taken by way of derogation from acts, regulations or other provisions applying to the Student Union or the decision is otherwise in breach of acts or provisions applying to the Student Union. However, a decision which only concerns the drafting or execution of a certain matter may not be appealed against. The appeal shall be lodged to the Hämeenlinna Administrative Court as provided in the Administrative Judicial Procedure Act (586/1996). The Administrative Court ruling may not be appealed against.

Request for rectification procedure

A request for rectification shall be lodged within 30 days of service of the decision. If the request for rectification has not been lodged by the deadline, the request for rectification shall be dismissed.

A request for rectification shall be lodged in writing and addressed to the authority that has issued the decision. Requests for rectification are considered by the Student Union’s Secretary General to whom the request is to be delivered. The letter of appeal is to state the decision for which the request is lodged and the nature of the requested rectification and the grounds for the rectification.

Appealing against a decision

A decision issued on a request for rectification may be appealed against in the Administrative Court. A written appeal may be lodged in the Hämeenlinna Administrative Court within 30 days of service of the decision on the request for rectification to the appellant.

Further, a member of the Student Union may appeal against a decision of a Student Union organ on the following grounds:

  1. the decision has been taken by way of derogation from acts, regulations or provisions applying to the Student Union;
  2. the decision is otherwise in breach of acts, regulations or provisions applying to the Student Union.

A member of the Student Union may appeal against a decision by submitting a written appeal to the Hämeenlinna Administrative Court within 30 days of the date when the decision has been posted on the official notice board of the Student Union for public inspection.

An appeal shall be lodged in writing and addressed to the Hämeenlinna Administrative Court. An appeal shall state:

  1. the decision that is being appealed against
  2. what in the decision is being appealed against and what the requested changes to the decision are
  3. grounds for the appeal
  4. the name of the appellant and place of domicile. If the right to be heard of the appellant is exercised by his or her legal representative or proxy, the letter of appeal shall state their name and place of domicile.
  5. postal address and phone number to which notifications of the matter may be delivered.

The letter of appeal shall have the following attachments:

  1. the decision that is being appealed against either as an original or a copy
  2. a certificate of service of the decision or other account of the starting date of the appeal period; and
  3. documents which the appellant is referring to in support of his or her appeal, unless they have been previously delivered to the authority.

The proxy, unless they are an advocate or a legal aid attorney, shall attach a power of attorney to the letter of appeal.

The appellant, legal representative or proxy shall sign the letter of appeal. If the appellant does not personally sign the appeal, the appeal shall be accompanied by a power of attorney signed by the appellant, unless his or her proxy is an advocate or a legal aid attorney.

The letter of appeal with attachments are to be in the Hämeenlinna Administrative Court at the latest on the 30th day of service of the decision to the appellant.

The date of service is not included in the appeal period. If the last day of the appeal period is a public holiday, the Independence Day, May Day, Christmas Eve, Midsummer Eve or a working Saturday, the appeal period shall extend to the next working day.

The appellant may deliver the letter of appeal with attachments in person or per proxy to the Hämeenlinna Administrative Court. The letter of appeal may be delivered by post, by messenger or electronically at the responsibility of the sender. The letter of appeal with attachments shall be sent by post in time to arrive during office hours before the end of the appeal period.

The letter of appeal and attachments may be delivered to the administrative court also by facsimile or electronic mail. The document shall be delivered to the judicial authority so that the documents are available to the authority in the receiving apparatus or information system during office hours before the end of the appeal period.

The Administrative Court ruling may not be appealed against.

Contact information for the Hämeenlinna Administrative Court:
Hämeenlinna Administrative Court
Raatihuoneenkatu 1
13100 Hämeenlinna  hameenlinna.hao@oikeus.fi
Tel. 029 56 42210

Appeals:
Secretary General
Yliopistonkatu 60 A, 2nd floor
33100 Tampere
paasihteeri@tamy.fi
Tel. 050 3612854

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