This morning College Council rejected changes to the ICU constitution which would restore the RCSU identity after four years of absence. It was also discovered that changes submitted two years ago to restore the name CGCU were rejected, despite previous Union President Mustafa Arif keeping the changes, indicating they had been accepted.
Both the RCSU and CGCU names were chosen in student referenda - the election where CGCU was chosen had one of the highest paper-ballot turnouts.
These events mean the official ICU constitution, which must be approved by College Council, still refers to the Faculty Unions as:
- ICFoESA - Imperial College Faculty of Engineering Students Association
- ICFoNSSA - Imperial College Faculty of Natural Sciences Students Association
- ICFoMSA - Imperial College Faculty of Medicine Students Association
Senior Union sources have indicated that incoming ICU and former "ICFoESA" President John Collins is "disappointed" by this outcome, particularly the disregard for two democratic decisions by the student body.
"ICFoESA" President James Fok "deeply regrets" the decision, stating that while the "ICFoESA" name better reflects the link to the Faculty, the "original name, which symbolises the link with our founders, is nonetheless equally if not more valuable to our members."
This decision comes as College is gearing up to its centenary year, where it will celebrate its history and ask for donations from its alumni - many of whom were an important part of CGCU, RCSU and RSMU.
The RSM name is unaffected, being defined as a CSC and not a Faculty Students Association.
UPDATE: A petition is available at [http://www.petitiononline.com/icu/petition.html|http://www.petitiononline.com/icu/petition.html%%]