Statement from the university on injunction hearing between Ryerson and the RSU
The university respects the court’s decision to grant the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) an injunction.
The interlocutory injunction means that Ryerson will continue to recognize the RSU as the official student government of full-time undergraduate and all graduate students until the resolution of the legal claim by the RSU.
In his ruling, Justice Koehnen indicated that both Ryerson University and the RSU can come together to discuss fiscal controls and governance concerns and that he is available to assist both parties with this matter. The university looks forward to working with the RSU to ensure that a model of good governance and financial accountability forms the basis of a relationship that puts the student experience first.
Questions and Answers:
- What does this interlocutory injunction mean?
An injunction is a request for a temporary remedy that a court may grant until the dispute between two parties is formally resolved, either through a trial or a settlement.
The interlocutory injunction means that Ryerson will temporarily continue to recognize the RSU as the official group representing full-time undergraduate students and all graduate students, and will transfer the withheld student union fees to the RSU until both parties come to a resolution.
- Can the RSU continue to operate?
Until both the RSU and Ryerson can come to a resolution, the university will recognize the RSU as the student representative group and will expect the RSU to provide services to the students.
- What happens to the process to form a new student government structure?
It is on hold. The university will be contacting students who participated directly in the process to explain the current situation.