The decision was made as a result of a desire to have Osgoode students working more closely with other York students on issues of common concern, such as skyrocketing tuition fees, says LLS president Rich Appiah.
"The perfect example will be tuition and fees.There's the common ground of trying to keep fees as low as possible," he
Noting that Osgoode students are merely associate members, not full members, of the YFS
does not believe that Osgoode students will lose out in any way, as their status has not changed.
"I wouldn't say that it's detrimental because the associate membership for the YFS
does not take away from the rights and privileges that LLB students enjoy," he
also notes that no referendum is necessary as the LLS
executive, which made the decision, is elected and has the mandate of its students to act on their behalf.He
adds that Osgoode students take on no individual obligation, such as the payment of fees, as a result of the deal.
"I would argue that a referendum would have been necessary if Osgoode students would have been placed under certain obligations as a result of YFS associate membership," he
says, emphasizing that for the two-year trial period, Osgoode students have "no obligation whatsoever".Appiah
also notes that the LLS
is still the primary student government of Osgoode LLB students and has not relinquished the responsibility of representing them.