We're getting ready to defend ourselves, and we need your help.
We want to be ready for anything Sanctuary Students throws at us.
Sanctuary Students has already engaged a debt collection agency to pursue two students. We think that they may follow this pattern of escalation for the rest of us. Despite pressure from our strike, the media, our universities, the NUS and more, Sanctuary Students has made it very clear that they have no intention to change their position. We are working with a law firm that has agreed to represent the students pro bono to ensure everyone is protected. We are collecting evidence to support our defence, and we need your help.
Since the beginning of the campaign, we agreed that should any student be threatened with legal action, we would seek legal counsel to defend ourselves. We have now arrived at that point.
We are collecting the documents requested of us by the law firm representing us. Most critically, we need your contracts, and a breakdown of the fees you have already paid to Sanctuary Students.
Q: Where can I get a copy of my contract?
A:You can find your contract by logging into your account on the Sanctuary Students website. Once logged in, select "Academic Year 2019-20" then click "Review Contract". At the bottom of the page titled "Review Accepted Offer", click the button "View Assured Shorthold Tenancy". This will allow you to download a PDF that you can then upload through the form.
Q: Where can I find a breakdown of the fees I have already paid to Sanctuary Students?
A:Sanctuary Students has conveniently provided a breakdown of your payment schedule in your AST contract. All you need to do is upload your arrears letters, which indicate the instalment you have not paid.
Q: There's an option to upload a lot of extra documents. Do I need to do that?
A:Any extra piece of information we have will help us if we have to defend ourselves against legal action. The more information we have to piece together our narrative the better. However, if you are short on time,what we absolutely need is:1. Your AST contract, and 2. Your arrears letters.
Q: I'm not sure if I'm comfortable pursuing a legal defence. Do I have any other options?
A:We are not going to completely stop our campaigning, however, if Sanctuary Students decides to undertake further legal action against the strike, we have decided to entrust our defence to those more qualified than us to make it. This is why we are taking action now to ensure that if the time comes, we have everything we need. Given the way events have unfolded, we may realistically end up in a position where our only choice is to activate our legal defence. There is a risk inherent in taking this route, but the alternative is to pay your final instalment with no hope of restitution. We urge everyone to consider their own situation carefully and make their decisions based on what they feel is right for themselves.
It has been 70 days since we formally announced our strike, and we know it has been a long and stressful time for all of you. Thank you for holding the line with us; we know it hasn't been easy, but without you this movement wouldn't exist.
As always, if you have any questions, please e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to answer them.
The #SanctuaryStrike Team