Opt out of RGU:Union membership

As a student at Robert Gordon University, you automatically become a member of the Robert Gordon Students’ Association (the "Union").

In accordance with the Education Act 1994, a student has the right not to be a member of their students’ association and any student who exercises that right shall not be unfairly disadvantaged, with regard to the provision of services or otherwise, by reason of their having done so. Therefore, any enrolled student of the University has the right to opt out of being a member of the Union and any student who exercises that right shall not be unfairly disadvantaged, with regard to the provision of services or otherwise, by reason of their having done so.

A student may opt out of membership of the Union at any time by filling out the form linked at the bottom of this page and submitting it to the President (Communication & Democracy). Any such decision to opt out shall remain in place until the student who has opted out of Union membership informs the President (Communication & Democracy) of their decision to re-join the Union.

As a result of a student choosing to opt out of Union membership, the student shall:

  • not be permitted nor have the right to vote in any Union elections, ballots or referenda;
  • not be to entitled to stand for office in any Union election;
  • not be permitted to hold office in any Union Student Activities, including those of Sports Clubs, Societies, Student Groups and Student Networks;  
  • not be permitted to participate in General Meetings, Standing Forums or any other decision-making body within the Union; and
  • not be permitted to the use of any licensed bar facilities of the Union unless they are signed in by a full member of the Union.

All other facilities and services of the Union including help, support, advice and representation services shall remain available to all enrolled students of the University, even to those students who have chosen to opt out of Union membership. 

Furthermore, enrolled students of the University who have chosen to opt out of Union membership are still permitted to join Union Student Activities, including Sports Clubs, Societies, Student Groups and Student Networks and participate in their activities. However, the Union reserves the right to levy additional charges to such individuals where appropriate.

Should you wish to exercise your right to opt out of membership to the Union, please fill out your details on the form below and submit this form to the President (Communication & Democracy) at prescd@rguunion.co.uk.


Download the form here.

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