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To: ANU Residential Experience
Stop the Lockout Fee at ANU Residential Halls
ANU residents reject the huge lockout fee hike from $15 to $100. The increased lockout fee disproportionally impacts low-SES students and disabled students, jeopardises student safety and undermines the trust Senior Residents have with residents. We are calling on ANU to reverse the lockout fee hike now.
Why is this important?
The University has claimed that this will help reduce SR workloads but no SRs were consulted on the decision. No students were consulted on the decision! Students won't get locked out less frequently if they are charged more, they will just be more financially strained each time there is a lockout.
Students will be incentivised by this change to take risky steps like 'carding' doors, or sleeping in common rooms or others' rooms. The University has not provided any evidence they have investigated these risks to student safety.
Many disabled students have also raised concerns that the charge will disproportionally impact them. Forgetfulness is a symptom of many disabilities.
ANU already has one of the lowest proportions of low-SES students in the country. Combined with the skyrocketing cost of living on campus, this change makes ANU accomodation increasingly hostile to low-SES students.