The treasurer of the Langara Students’ Union is enrolled in classes at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus and is not a student at Langara College.
The current bylaws of the LSU (which are in the process of revision) do not directly specify that a director must be a student at the college. The bylaws only state that a director must be a “member of the Union” which is obtained through payment of membership fees that are attached to tuition.
James Li, the LSU’s treasurer, would not return initial requests for comment sent to his LSU email address.
The Voice was able to contact Li via his Facebook account.
LSU does not give The Voice a clear answer on Li’s eligibility
A representative of Langara’s student accounts department explained that if a student decides to drop classes and is eligible for a tuition refund (mid-September) their LSU fees are refunded.
The bylaws also include a provision that directors may take a “leave of absence from the Board for a period of up to one semester” subject to the will of the Board.
Based on the language in the bylaws — which Li pointed to argue that he was still eligible to be Treasurer — it is not clear if he would have to give up his duties as Treasurer should he take this leave.
Li explained that he was initially enrolled in a class at Langara, but dropped in early in the term.
He says that he will “take two classes at Langara next term.”
Li claims being enrolled at another school does not impact his LSU duties
Li doesn’t believe that his enrollment at UBC has any impact on his performance as treasurer, but would not say how many classes he is enrolled in at UBC.
“If there are any big events or other union business happening, I come to help or accomplish my duties for the LSU instead of attending my classes,” said Li.
Li further claimed that he is in the LSU office “frequently” on Monday, Thursday, and Friday.
Li was late to the board meeting on Oct. 29 and absent from the board meeting on Nov. 5.
The LSU media liaison did not respond to repeated requests for comment by press time.
Li refused an in-person interview with The Voice to discuss his status as Treasurer.
“If [The Voice is] interested in my personal life, I would say thanks for your attention, however, I prefer to hold my own life by myself,” he said.
Reported by Sam Reynolds