Upcoming student union elections at Monash University's Caulfield campus, in Australia, were canceled following an uproar over a new rule that would have barred international students from standing for student office, The Age reported.
The rule would have required candidates to be able to work at least 22 hours a week. International students are only permitted to work 20 hours per week. A group of mainly Chinese international students had been expected to run in the elections that were originally scheduled for Monday.
Critics blasted the rule as "racist" and discriminatory. Leaders of the student union said the rule was intended to clarify the workload for the position, not to exclude international students.
"Prior to the new election the minimum weekly workload will be made clear to ensure all students (international and domestic) are eligible to run in the election," the student union said in a statement.