Huwebes 03 Mayo 2012
New student code nears approval
Elias Jayson R. Tolentino
The amended dra o he proposedCode o Suden Conduc (CSC) o UPDiliman (UPD), which will replace he1998 version o he code, now awaisapproval rom he Universiy Council(UC) and will soon be included in henew UPD Suden Manual, accordingo Suden Regen Ma. Krisina Coni.The proposed CSC is se o beapproved as par o a new UPDSuden Manual, which conains heconsiuions o suden insiuionssuch as he Universiy SudenCouncil and he Philippine Collegian,and will also include a new secioncalled “Suden Righs,” which conainsweny ve undamenal, academic,represenaion and procedural righso sudens
(see side bar)
.During he April 20 meeing ohe Suden Review Commitee(SRC), an independen body ormedby he Oce o he Suden Regen(OSR) and comprised o members odieren suden councils o UPD, hecommitee draed he proposed CSCbased on he suggesed amendmensha came rom a series o sudencouncil consulaions.According o he Summary oComparisons published by OSR onApril 14, he new CSC dra conainsnew provisions on oenses ha wereadded o reinorce clariy such as hedisincion beween acs o harm opropery perperaed by sealh andhose perperaed by violence.Upon compleion o he nal drao he revised CSC las April, heSRC submited he said documeno he Universiy Council Commiteeon Suden Righs and Welare(UCCSOAW).The UCCSOAW, he commiteeha oversees suden aciviiescomposed o deans and aculymembers o UPD, will convene onMay 2 o deliberae on he new dra.Once approved, he dra will hen beendorsed o he UC, he adminisraivebody o UPD, which will eiher approveor rejec he proposal.Meanwhile, UPD ChancellorCaesar Saloma has presened a copyo he Suden Righs o he UC onApril 16. I approved, boh CSC andSuden Righs will be orwardedo he Board o Regens (BOR), hehighes policy making body, or nalapproval.
Eors o revise he exising CSC,which was promulgaed in 1998 begunin 2009 under he supervision o henVice Chancellor or Suden AairsElizabeh Enriquez.The revision o he CSC sprungrom he need or a relevan andappropriae code o conduc, as heprovisions o he 1998 suden code odiscipline is already daed and racesis roos o he 1963 UP Code, Conisaid. “The 1998 version’s provisionsdo no apply o he curren siuaiono UP. Though here was already anatemp o replace he 1998 versionlas 2009, he UC has ye o reach aconclusion,” Coni said.The 2009 version was draed by acommitee ha was composed solelyo ocials o he UP adminisraionand aculy members. Main revisionsin he 2009 version included hedecenralizaion o he SudenDisciplinary Tribunal (SDT) which willremove sudens’ righs o execue judgmen on violaions and oenses.However, he 2009 dra CSC drewfak rom various suden ormaionsdue o he lack o consulaionsamong sudens and he lack osuden represenaion in he draingcommitee, said Coni.Atemps o revise he 2009version sared in 2010 whenconsulaions among suden councilswere conduced o ge he sudens’ perspecives. However, no dra wasendorsed or approved by UCCSOAWdue o delays in incorporaingamendmens.
A. Fundamental rights
1. Every UP suden has he righo be sae, o have peace o mind, ando be ree rom acions and omissionsha endanger saey.2. Every suden has he righ obe reaed wih digniy and respec,a all imes, by all members o he UPcommuniy and wihin UP campuses.3. Every suden enjoys wihinhe connes o he Universiy hereedoms o opinion, o speech, ando expression.4. Sudens shall have he righ oaccurae inormaion abou matersdirecly aecing heir ineress andwelare inside he Universiy.5. Every suden has he righ oexpress individualiy and develop hisor her abiliies and ideniy wihouundue inererence.6. Every suden may inspec andreview heir ocial personal records,in consonance wih Universiyguidelines.7. A suden is eniled o prompcorrecion o his or her ocialrecords i an error is ound and dulyproven.8. Sudens shall expec he ruleo law o prevail in he Universiy aall imes.
B. Academic rights
1. Every UP suden has he righo receive compeen insrucion andrelevan qualiy educaion.2. Sudens are eniled osucien course inormaion,academic advice, and generalguidance rom aculy, sa, ellowsudens, and oher members ohe Universiy, so hey are able omake wise decisions regarding heirraining.3. Sudens mus be ormallyinormed, in wriing, o he academicsandards ha will be applied in anycourse o sudy or which hey areenrolled in.4. Every suden shall have airaccess o adequae Universiyservices and aciliies.5. Sudens are guaraneedacademic reedom o he exen hahey may pursue independen inquiry,ree rom unwarraned inererence
256 private schools to hike tuition next sem
Paulo E. Fontanillaand Delfn Mercado
The Commission on Higher Educaion(CHEd) has approved uiion hikesor academic year (AY) 2012-2013 in256 privae colleges and universiiesnaionwide, despie warning romyouh groups ha increase in uiionraes will disenranchise more sudensin his ime o rising cos o living.The oal number o schools wihapproved uiion hikes comprises 11.7percen o he 2,181 privae highereducaion insiuions (HEIs) in hewhole counry. O he 256 schools hawill raise uiion his coming semeser,222 are locaed ouside Mero Manila,and will hike uiion raes by anaverage increase o 10.18 percen, orP41.52 per uni. “Coupled wih he worseningeconomic crisis and widening joblessness in he counry, uiionhikes deniely ranslae o moreou-o-school youh,” said KabaaanParylis Secreary General VencerCrisosomo. “The Aquino governmen andCHEd seem o have a new schoolpolicy: No money, no enry. And underhis policy, he poor have heir righo educaion oally removed”, saidNaional Union o Sudens o hePhilippines Secreary General IsabelleBaguisi.In a press saemen released lasFebruary, CHEd saed ha “HEIs,including public ones, have said heyare under pressure o increase uiionbecause o increasing coss a adicul economic ime.” Crisosomo, however, said haprivae schools sill earn considerablepro even during his ime. He addedha privae school adminisraorscould aord o cu back on heirincome o avoid increasing ees andburdening sudens.Cenro Escolar Universiy, oneo he counry’s op earning privaeHEI, posed nancial saemens inis websie which revealed ha heprivae school earned a ne income oP248 million rom March o December2011.To explain he upcoming uiionhikes, CHEd cied provisions ohe Educaion Ac o 1982, whichsipulae ha “Every privae schoolshall deermine is rae o uiion andoher school ee charges…subjec ohe regulaions promulgaed by heMinisry o Educaion, Culure andSpors (now CHEd).” “In he pas en years, uiion andoher ees increased wihou anysric regulaion. I is high ime ha wepu an end o his rend by insallingregulaory guidelines ha pupremium on democraic consulaionpracices and accessibiliy oqualiy educaion or he youh,” saidKabaaan Parylis RepresenaiveRaymond Palaino.
Hikes in SUCs
Several sae universiies andcolleges (SUCs) have also proposedo increase uiion or he comingacademic year. Unlike in privae HEIs,
BAGONG BAYARIN. Dala-dala ang mga papeles na kinakailangan sapagpasok sa Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), pumila ang mgaestudyanteng nasa unang taon habang naghihintay sa kani-kanilang interbyu.Positibo man ang kanilang pananaw sa pagpasok sa kolehiyo, nababahirannaman ito ng pasanin ng dagdag bayarin na ipinataw ng administrasyon ngPUP. Nanganganib ang oryentasyon ng PUP bilang pangmasang unibersidad sapagdoble ng miscellaneous fee mula 500 hanggang 1000.Chris Martin Imperial
and infuence, and o express conraryopinions and poins o view.6. Every suden has he righo air, ransparen and objeciveevaluaion o his or her academicperormance based on duly-approvedsandards o excellence.7. Every suden mus be given heopporuniy o evaluae objecivelyaculy perormance and coursedelivery, curriculum o degreeprogram and course syllabus wihouear o reprisal.
C. Representation rights
1. Sudens are ree o esablishand run srucures o sel-governance,mechanisms or advocacy, andsysems o decision-making haproec and promoe heir democraicrighs and welare.2. Sudens mus be able orepresen hemselves in decision-making, policy-making, andadjudicaory bodies as well aso paricipae in or infuence hegovernance o he Universiy.3. Sudens are ree o orm, assis, join or paricipae in organizaions,socieies or alliances in he Universiy,in he pursui o common ineressand lawul goals.4. Sudens have he righ o useneeded Universiy resources andaciliies or exra-curricular programsand aciviies subjec o prevailingUniversiy rules and regulaions.5. All publicaions produced bysudens shall be sel-regulaed.6. Sudens mus be ree o air andseek redress o grievances.
D. Procedural Rights
1. Every suden has he righo he inegriy o adminisraiveprocedures.2. Universiy policy or regulaion,especially hose ha are penal oranalogous in naure, shall be onlyenorced prospecively.3. Sudens are eniled o prompand proper resoluion o cases.4. Sudens have he righ o appealall decisions o he Universiy whileexhausing all possible adminisraiveremedies in accordance wih he UPCharer and is implemening rulesand regulaions.uiion hikes in SUCs are approvedby he highes decision-making bodyin each SUC, he Board o Regens,which includes a sea or he currenCHEd chair.Ciing he dilapidaed sae oaciliies and diminishing governmensuppor as grounds or uiion andoher ee increase, he CordilleraAdminisraive Region Associaiono Sae Universiies and Colleges(CARASUC), wih a oal member osix sae universiies, proposed oimplemen a P100 ee increase peruni his coming semeser.This increase will be succeeded byan annual 20 percen uiion increaseunil he rae reaches P300 per uni. “I is [he] vision o CAR SUCs
Student Rights in the University o the Philippines
Continued on page 15 »Continued on page 15 »