THE Tasmanian University Union has pledged to publish future articles about student fees as the university was dragged into a stoush over the independence of student magazine Togatus.
A Togatus investigation into UTAS spending of student services amenities fees was not published by the student union, despite president Alex West insisting independence lay with the editor alone.
Yesterday, Ms West changed tack on that position, saying publishing decisions were shared by the editor and publisher without explaining who the publisher was.
Writers for Togatus insist the union successfully pressured editor Hannah Grey into dumping the article, while Ms West said the article did not run due to factual inaccuracies.
Gordon Luckman published his article online yesterday and questioned whether overall funding to the union in light of the SSAF funding was behind the stoush.
"People are surprised at the way the university is not answering questions about SSAF and I think students are concerned there's no transparency," Mr Luckman said.
Deputy vice-chancellor (students and education) David Sadler said it was a matter for the student union and Togatus to resolve.
"We, as always, remain committed to collaborating with our student body in implementing SSAF, as we have done in the past," Professor Sadler said.
"This collaboration includes annual surveys in which the entire student body is invited to participate in.
"We are in the process of posting more information on our website about how the money has been spent in 2013, and will continue to work with the TUU and our student body in determining how future funds are best allocated," he said.
Students attacked the union's position on Facebook, calling it "a black day for the TUU" and asking why the union didn't instead offer to correct inaccuracies rather than decline publication.
Ms West said the TUU "welcomes debate and encourages students to be critical of the university and itself" and she saw no issue with Mr Luckman's online article being published in Togatus as it differed to the rejected article.
Ms West also defended her position gagging Ms Grey, saying only the TUU president or executive officer makes statements to the media or public under a well-established media policy.
Mr Luckman's article can be read at ssafwatch.com.