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Julius Rocas Chair 2007 Students’ Constitutional Convention
2008 University Student Council Constitution Preamble Article I Article II Article III Article IV Article V Article VI Article VII Article VIII Article IX Article X Article XI Article XII Article XIII Article XIV General Provisions Declaration of Principles and Objectives Bill of Student Rights Duties and Responsibilities of Students Composition, Election, Term of Office, Qualifications and Vacancies of the University Student Council Duties and Responsibilities of University Student Council Officers Accountability of Student Leaders/Officers Committees of the University Student Council Meetings The University Student Council Adviser Funding of the Council Magistrate Amendments and Revisions of the Constitution Transitory Provisions
Introduction The 2008 Constitution of the University Student Council is a product of long yet fruitful, vigorous, and meaningful deliberations during the 2007 Students’ Constitutional Convention, called forth by the USC Executive Board 2007-2008 led by its President Joymay Amihan to accomplish a long overdue task, the revision of the 1999 University Student Council Constitution. Delegates from every College Student Council, the Council of Student Organizations, the Student Auxiliary Groups, Heraldo Filipino, University Student Commission on Elections, the Performing Arts Group and the USC Executive Board gathered to review and revisit the entire 1999 USC Constitution. Their objectives was to resolve recurring problems in the USC by reorganizing and clarifying the mechanisms that ensure the continuity of the Council in case vacancies occur in any position, especially that of the President. The objectives and principles of the USC have also been clarified and updated to reflect the present needs of the student body and to ensure a bright future ahead. The Bill of Students’ Rights have been expanded and strengthened. The system of checks and balances between the Executive and Legislative Boards has been clarified, overhauled and strengthened as well. A new branch of the USC, the Magistrate, has been created to maintain and compliment the democratic nature of the Council and empower both students and student-leaders alike to resolve issues among themselves in an objective, just and authoritative manner. These are but some of the major new features of the 2008 USC Constitution. This guide is written for all students and student-leaders of DLSU-D so that they may have a better understanding of how the 2008 USC Constitution and the USC it provides for, work for their betterment and the fulfillment of the Lasallian Mission.
Preamble Little was changed in the Preamble of USC Constitution; it is a guide in interpreting its provisions. It states the general purposes which its framers and the student body who ratified it, intended to be achieved. To reflect the present and ever changing times, the Lasallian values have been updated to their latest incarnations: Spirit of Faith, Zeal for Service, and Communion in Mission. Article I - General Provisions The changes made to the 1999 Constitution are mainly 'grammatical' corrections in Sections 1 and 2. The major changes however, can be found in Section 3. In the new Constitution the word 'empowered' was replaced with 'mandated' reminding the USC of its solemn duty of serving the students. Article II - Declaration of Principles and Objectives In this article, the Constitution declares that the USC is a democratic and autonomous body: Democratic - in the sense that internal school regulation are subject to the students' consent. Meaning, studies, consultations and surveys must be done first among the students before new policies and regulations are implemented. Autonomous - the USC is given the freedom that takes three forms: Administrative - the USC has control over its officers, committees and programs. Political - it simply means that the USC is free to take political actions as it sees appropriate even if this is not totally in line with that of the school administration, faculty, and support staff or any other member of the Lasallian community without being punished or penalized for it. Such as opposition to Tuition Fee Increase, taking stands or positions with regards to national issues, etc.
Fiscal - the USC is free to decide on how, where, and why it will spend its funds. It is also free to choose the sources of external additional funds like grants, partnerships or sponsors.
Of course, all these freedoms must be exercised in accordance to established University policies and guidelines and most importantly, to meet the needs and interests of the students. Sections 2 to 5 emphasize on the values and principles of: rule of majority respect for the rights of the minority collective leadership collaboration with the Administration, faculty, and support staff establishing good relations with other schools, universities and organizations outside the campus Sections 6 to 10 sets out the beliefs of the USC: adherence to the Lasallian core values development of the student's potential by advancing and defending his/her rights academic freedom that ensures a scientific, nationalist and mass-oriented education the great importance of protecting a student's rights and welfare that education is a right and not a privilege
Section 12 reminds all Council Officers to remain loyal to the office/position they hold and not allow partisan interests to prevail in their duty and service. Section 13 is a new addition that affirms the USC's adherence to the legal principle of "in loco parentis" in which the school administrators and teachers are recognized as "second parents" to us students.
Section 14 is also a new provision that recognizes the importance of all the other student groups within the University as partners of the USC in its service to the students. Objectives of the University Student Council The provisions contained in Sub-section B of Article II mainly reiterate the main principles of the USC but in a more concrete and directive manner that must be carried out and followed by the USC. In a nutshell, it tells the USC what it ought to do which are: mediate for students in dealing with the other sectors of the Lasallian community be an active agent in promoting national awareness, combat student passivity protect the rights and welfare of the students at all times encourage active unity among the students in advancing their rights conduct regular consultations with the students promote the Lasallian core values and identity
Article III - Bill of Students' Rights One of the hallmarks of the USC Constitution is the extensive declaration of the rights of every student. In the new 2008 Constitution, all twelve (12) sections under Article III have been revised and expanded upon by the Constitutional Convention, emphasizing further the great importance of students' rights. Under the 2008 Constitution, students have the following rights: Academic freedom The rights to academic freedom, pursuit of knowledge without restraint, to have access to learning experiences and activities and against the deprivation of education based on poverty, creed, culture even after conviction of minor offenses, are all guaranteed in the 2008 Constitution. (Art. III, Sec. 1, a.1-a.3)
One of the most crucial, and probably most controversial, provisions in the Bill of Students' Rights is the right to take major examinations even if the student has not yet fully paid his tuition fees for the semester. The condition of course, is that the University has the right to withhold the records or documents, or to deny admission of the student for the next semester or year until the balance has been fully paid (Art. III, Sec. 1, a.4). This provision is anchored on the principle that "education is a right and not a privilege" and a living commitment to St John Baptist De La Salle's mission of providing education to all, especially those who are poor. New provisions of under this sub-section deal mainly with our rights to information that are related to our academics; the right to be part of the University's decision-making process that affects the students in general (Art. III, Sec. 1 b.), the right to be given a course syllabus (Art. III, Sec. 1 c.), the right to see our duly corrected examination papers (Art. III, Sec. 1 d.), the right to be informed our class standing and the right to see the computation of our grades before it is submitted to the Registrar (Art. III, Sec. 1 e.). Under the rights of freedom to expression is a new provision that guarantees our right to file grievances against any member of the University (Art. III, Sec. 2 c.). For the rights to press freedom and publication, adherence to the Campus Journalism Act or RA 7079 is reiterated (Art. III, Sec. 3.). The rights to information now include the right to be consulted before implementing a Tuition Fee increase (Art. III, Sec. 5 d.), the right to avail of a faculty's consultation hours (Art. III, Sec. 5 c.) and the right to be protected from and have refunds from excess fees. The rights to privacy now include specific provisions that protect students from unreasonable searches or seizures (confiscation) of their personal properties or items they bring with them to school (Art. III, Sec. 6 b.).
The rights to excessive fees now guarantee that students should be consulted 90 days before implementation of any tuition fee increase (Art. III, Sec. 7 c.). Students also have the right against excessive compulsory contributions for matters and activities not included in the course syllabus, projects and other expenses irrelevant to the subject matter (Art. III, Sec. 7 b.). The rights to due process have also been revamped for clarity and integration of our Constitutional rights, all of which are based on the time-honored doctrine that an accused is "innocent until proven guilty." Students now have the right to be represented by a competent counsel of their own choice (Art. III, Sec. 10 d.). All these rights and all the other rights guaranteed in the 1987 Philippine Constitution can be invoked and exercised by any student of DLSU-D (Art. III, Sec. 12). Article IV - Duties and Responsibilities of Students This provision of the 2007 Constitution is also present in the old 1999 Constitution, with very little changes made to it. It simply reminds us that "our rights end where someone else's nose begins." Or put it another way, our freedoms and our rights are not absolute, for with them comes responsibility. In summary, this provision reminds us students to exercise our freedoms and rights responsibly, participate in the programs and activities of the USC and College Councils, and become active partners of the University in achieving the Lasallian Mission.
Article V - Composition, Election, Term of Office, Qualification and Vacancies of the University Student Council
The current set of Officers and the organizational setup that have been in use was preserved and only improved and expanded upon by 2008 USC Constitution. We still have the Executive Board which is composed of the following (Art. V, Sec. 1a): President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer Auditor Business Manager Public Relations Officer (2)
Though the Executive Board and Legislative Board are co-equal branches of the University Student Council, it is clear that the USC President is vested with the Executive power which has been defined as the power to administer the laws, which means carrying them out into practical operation and enforcing their due observance (Cooley, Constitutional Limitations, 8th ed., p. 183)
The “laws” we refer to in the context of the USC are the resolutions passed by the Executive and Legislative boards, rules and regulations of the USC (Art. VI, Sec. 1), and the 2008 USC Constitution itself. The remaining officers of the Executive Board perform specific powers and functions in accordance to 2008 USC Constitution and other tasks delegated to them by the USC President (Art. VI). The Legislative Board are composed of all the College Council Presidents of each College in DLSU-D (Art. V, Sec. 1b). The USC Executive Board would be elected at large by students of the University while the College Council officers will be elected by the students of their respective colleges (Art. V, Sec. 2). Their term of office has been adjusted in the new 2007 Constitution; it will start on the first day of May and end on the last day of April (Art. V, Sec. 3). This was done in order to give the new and duly elected USC and CSC officers to prepare and plan for the up coming school year. The qualifications are almost exactly the same as in the old 1999 Constitution, a new addition in the 2008 Constitution states that a candidate must have at least one (1) year of residency in the University after the elections (Art. V, Sec. 4 c), meaning graduating students or those who have less than two semesters of staying in the University are not qualified to become candidates in the student elections. This is done so because the USC or any CSC would suffer great problems if one of their officers or all of them would be leaving the University after a semester and so on. For added transparency, a new provision was added that requires USC Officers to submit a report of their grades at the end of every semester to Student Development and Activities Office (Art. V, Sec. 5). Once an Officer gets a failing mark during his/her term, he/she is automatically removed from office (Art. VII, Sec. 2 a2).
Vacancies in the USC Executive Board: Permanent or Temporary One of the most overhauled provisions of the 1999 Constitution is the provisions that guide the USC on what to do in case there are vacant positions in the Council. As a result, these provisions became an elaborate yet almost fool-proof mechanism that deal with such problems. There are two kinds of vacancies according to the 2007 Constitution: Permanent and Temporary (Art. V, Sec. 6) Permanent Vacancies occur in the following situation Impeachment Permanent physiological and/or psychological incapacity Resignation Removal from Office (disqualification to continue holding office)
Temporary Vacancies occur but these are not limited to the following: Official business outside the University Filing of Leave of absence from office Temporary physiological and/or psychological incapacity
All vacancies, permanent or temporary are made known and official once the Council passes a resolution that says there is a vacancy and this must be done within three (3) working days from its occurrence (Art. V, Sec. 7). If the office of the President is permanently vacant, the Vice-President becomes the new President, while the rest of the USC Executive Board will elect among themselves who will be the new Vice-President. The officers who assumed their new Offices/positions will serve only for the remaining unexpired term (Art. V, Sec. 8). If the permanent vacancy occurs in the offices of Secretary, Treasurer, Auditor, Business Manager and PROs, the USC Executive Board (EB) will hold a special meeting with the Legislative Board (LB) and elect among the LB the ones who will fill the
vacant positions and serve for only for the rest of the unexpired term. Again this must be done within three (3) working days (Art. V, Sec. 9). If no one from the Legislative Board is willing to take the vacant position, they will be asked to submit the names of the students they recommend for the position. Once a list of recommended replacements has been completed, a special meeting between the USC EB and the LB will take place to elect among the list, who will fill the vacant position/s (Art. V, Sec. 10). The Legislative Board is given 7 working days to submit their recommended person, if they fail to do so, the USC EB can now appoint qualified students to fill the vacant position/s (Art. V, Sec. 12). In cases of Temporary Vacancies If there is a temporary vacancy in the office of President, the Vice-President automatically will become the acting President until the actual President returns to his duties (Art. V, Sec. 13). If temporary vacancies occur in both the President and Vice-President, the remaining EB officers will elect among themselves the acting President who will serve until the vacancies ceases to exist (Art. V, Sec. 14). If temporary vacancies occur in the remaining office except that of the President, the President will appoint Officer/s-in-Charge from the EB (Art. V, Sec. 15). All of this was done with the intention of keeping the USC functioning efficiently and effectively.
Article VI - Duties and Responsibilities of University Student Council Officers Very little has been changed in the actual text of this part of the 2007 Constitution. However, the changes made are significant for it refines and clarifies a lot of the functions, powers and responsibilities of the USC Officers. In summary, here are the following officers with their functions and duties: President the Chief-Executive of the USC, he/she is the primary agent of the USC and of the students in dealing, coordinating and working with any sector of the University. Particular emphasis is his/her attendance in the meetings of key Institutional Council meetings whose decisions affect the whole University and the students. It is therefore important that someone from the USC is present, and no one is more suited for the job than the President him/herself. He/she carries out the daily business of the USC, signs all official documents and correspondence of the Council. Most importantly, he/she enforces the USC Constitution, always acting in service of the students. Vice-President assumes the functions of the President in case of absence or vacancy assists the President in carrying out the objectives, programs and projects of the USC Secretary Takes charge of all the USC's official documents, papers, communications and correspondence Treasurer Takes charge of all financial matters concerning the USC, such as monitoring the inflow and outflow of money from the USC Trust Fund. Prepares a financial report to the USC every after activity to monitor expenses.
Auditor Business Manager Transacts the approved business deals with establishments inside and outside the University Screens all project proposals prepared by the EB officers and submits them to the proper authorities Screens all sponsorship requests by other organizations and reports the same to the USC EB for approval Public Relations Officer Manages the information dissemination functions of the USC making sure that the right information is given the appropriate bodies Ensures the students become aware of the projects, programs, activities, among others by the USC. Coordinates with all class presidents and the USC's official publication for proper and effective communication and info dissemination The USC Legislative Board The second branch of the University Student Council is the Legislative Board, or more commonly called as the LB. The old 1999 Constitution is silent or does not fully explain the functions and duties of the Legislative Board. This was addressed by the new 2007 Constitution in which the provision on the LB was expanded and made clearer. Being the Legislative branch of the USC, it is given the power to legislate; create rules, regulations, guidelines and other acts through resolutions that concerns the students of their respective colleges or the University as a whole (Art. VI, Sec. 8 a-a.1). Audits the financial statements of the Treasurer Custodian of the properties of the USC Assists College Student Councils in auditing matters and guidelines with regards to sponsorships
The LB is also given the power of checking or monitoring the actions of the USC Executive Board, such counter-check and balance powers are: Conducting inquiries or investigations assuring that the EB are performing their functions (Art. VI, Sec. 8 b). Confirms the appointments of the heads of the various committees of the USC (Art. VI, Sec. 8 a.2). They also could air the grievances and sentiments of their respective college's constituents to the USC (Art. VI, Sec. 8 c). In return, they are required to submit a copy of their accomplishment reports and financial statements to the USC (Art. VI, Sec. 8 d). This trade-off ensures that the principle of check-and-balance is applied evenly between the two branches of the University Student Council. Article VII - Accountability of Student Leaders/Officers This article is founded on the doctrine that says "public office is a public trust" in the context of the USC, it means that USC officers, EB and LB are elected into their positions to serve the students and be their representatives in advancing their rights, welfare and the fulfillment of the Lasallian Mission. This article also lays the ground or basis upon which any officer can be removed or disqualified from continuing to hold office (Art. VII, Sec. 2). The grounds are as follows: Obtaining a failing grade immediately before and during his/her term Failure to enroll during his/her term of office failure to attend regular meetings for 5 times within the semester for without valid reasons guilty of committing a major offense guilty of any criminal offense by a regular court
Based on any of the above mentioned grounds, an Officer can be disqualified from continuing to hold office through a resolution by the Executive Board (Art. VII, Sec. 3). Impeachment Impeachment is the legal means of removing any officer from his/her office based on the following grounds (Art. VII, Sec. 4): culpable violation of the USC Constitution Gross inability to perform his/her official function as per stated in Article VI except for Section 2.c Malversation of council funds Holding of any executive office in other student groups or any other incompatible office An impeachment case can be initiated through a resolution of any of the following entities (Art. VII, Sec. 5); majority of the EB majority of the LB any student through an endorsement of either the EB or LB
The impeachment case shall be deliberated by the Executive and Legislative Board in a joint session. This will be presided over by the USC President, but if it is the USC President who is being impeached, the Vice-President will become the presiding officer of the impeachment trial. However, whoever presides, will have no power to vote. In order for an officer to be convicted, three-fourths (3/4) of all the members present must vote in favor of removing from office the Officer who is being impeached (Art. VII, Sec. 8). During the proceedings, procedural and substantial due process must be strictly followed. Meaning, the rules of impeachment and other similar rules must be followed and that decisions must be based on good, valid and solid evidence (Art. VII, Sec. 10).
An impeached officer can file an appeal subject to the guidelines set fourth in Section 14 of Article VII. The appeal will be filed to the Magistrate, the third and newest branch of the University Student Council which must decide on the appeal within ten (10) days upon receiving it. Article VIII - Committees of the University Student Council The USC believes that better organizational efficiency and effectiveness can be achieved by delegating and designating tasks according to groups that are well suited for the job. Hence the committee system has been in use ever since the USC was first established. In the new 2008 Constitution, the current standing committees of the USC has been formalized into its permanent committees each with its own distinct nature and functions (Art. VIII, Sec. 1). Direct Assistance Committee It receives and processes requests for emergency assistance by students or any other organization. Advocacy and Publication Committee In the old 1999 Constitution, the Advocacy and Publication committees were two separate committees. However, they were combined and refined in the new 2007 Constitution into one committee with the following tasks: Formulates, plans and executes programs that will increase the awareness and national consciousness of the students thereby combating student passivity. This is done by adhering and promoting the Lasallian Guiding Principle on Social Transformation which is summarized by the following phrase: "mamulat, makiisa, at kumilos."
Utilize the official publication of the USC in its advocacies and working closely together with the class presidents for better information dissemination.
Students' Rights Committee It is the newest committee of the USC but with an awesome and noble task: to assist the students in advancing and defending their rights within the University. This is done by offering para-legal services to students with grievances against any other member of the University, discipline cases, concerns about their academic performance, grades or records. All of these are subject to certain rules and guidelines that will be formulated by the USC in consultation with the concerned offices and sectors in the University. Events Committee Could be termed as the 'foot-soldiers' of the USC whenever there are events and projects, the Events Committee serves as the primary workforce of the USC in the implementation of events, projects and activities. They could also formulate and propose plans that are geared towards the full participation of the students in the USC programs. They also coordinate with the various student groups for mutual assistance and cooperation. Special Projects Committee It proposes and implements policies, projects and programs that are geared towards the holistic development of the Lasallian community and its partner entities. Article IX - Meetings This provision has been overhauled to emphasize the importance of holding regular meetings of the USC and its branches. All branches are mandated to schedule regular meetings in different combinations of the EB and LB together or alone at the start of
their term (Art. IX, Sec. 1). It is also emphasized that a quorum is required in order for any meeting to be binding, legal and able to push through with its agenda (Art. IX, Sec. 3). Article X - The University Student Council Adviser Minor changes have been made to this provision of the USC Constitution. It outlines how the USC Adviser is selected and by whom. It also outlines the duties and functions of the USC Adviser. The most notable features of the revised provision are: 1) the USC Adviser has no voting power in any decisions of the USC, and 2) his/her term will end the same time his/her batch of USC Officers term will also end. Article XI - Funding of the Council The USC's source of funds for all of its financial needs is the USC Trust Fund. It is collected by the Accounting Office from the students every time they enroll for a semester, meaning it is automatically included in the other school fees. Again, very little was changed in this provision of the Constitution. The only change made was on Section 2 which removed the fixed amount of every student's contribution to the USC Trust Fund. Now, in the 2008 Constitution, the amount of the contribution will be determined by the Technical Review Committee on Tuition Fee Increase, which will depend upon many factors like the needs and recommendations of the USC, consideration of the students' ability to pay, the current economic situation among others. Article XII - Magistrate This is the newest branch of the University Student Council. As shown in the new USC organizational chart in Article V, the third branch of the USC is the Magistrate. One easy way of understanding this new branch and setup of the USC is to think of it as patterned after the structure of the Philippine Government:
Executive Branch = USC Executive Board Legislative Branch = USC Legislative Board Judiciary = Magistrate
Since the Magistrate is intended as the "judicial branch" of the USC, it was created with the purpose of providing another mechanism of 'check-and-balance' within the USC. In cases were there are controversies about the actions, decisions and dealings of either the Executive Board or the Legislative Board of the USC, any USC Officer, student-leader, student-organization and student can come to the Magistrate and ask it to settle the controversy (Art. XIII, Sec. 2). This is so, because the new 2008 Constitution makes the Magistrate the final arbiter or interpreter of the Constitution itself (Art. XIII, Sec. 1). With this unique and awesome task, the Magistrate needs to be composed of not just any ordinary student-leader/officer, since it will have the final say on what the Constitution means, its members must be of greater skill, experience, wisdom and knowledge of the Constitution and in general how the USC and campus politics works. Thus there are a select few who compose the Magistrate (Art. XIII, Sec. 3), they are the following: Dean of Student Services University Student Council President Council of Student Organizations President University Student Commission on Elections Chairperson Heraldo Filipino Editor-in-Chief
Some may wonder or even object as to why the Dean of Student Services is a member of the Magistrate. It may be viewed as an intervention of the Administration, since the OSS Dean is from the Administration, in the affairs of student governance. This is not true. The Dean of Student Services was intentionally included as a member of the Magistrate by the Constitutional Convention delegates because they believe
that the OSS Dean can provide invaluable insight, wisdom and knowledge particularly in cases where the University policies and regulations are touched in cases of controversies being discussed by the Magistrate. The autonomy of the student-leaders/officers are preserved in the Magistrate because each member, including the OSS Dean has only one vote. One of the other unique characteristics of the Magistrate is that is has the sole jurisdiction in deciding appeals of decisions made in Impeachment proceedings (Art. XII, Sec. 1 b). To preserve the Magistrate's transparency and impartiality in cases where the appellant of the Impeachment decision is the USC President, who is also a member of the Magistrate, the USC Vice-President will take his/her place only in the deliberation of the USC President's appeal (Art. XII, Sec. 1). With this setup, it is hoped and believed that the 2008 Constitution has introduced a myriad of benefits for the students and a better guide for Council Officers and student-leaders in the performing their duties and responsibilities all in the service of the students. Article XIII - Amendments and Revision of the Constitution Being the supreme law of the USC and other student-leaders, the Constitution must not be easily amended or revised based on the whims and caprice of Officers, leaders or even students. Great care, diligence, resources and noble intentions have been spent in crafting the new Constitution, so great care, diligence and noble intentions must also be present whenever the Constitution needs to be amended or revised. Thus to avoid confusion and to provide a better guide, the provisions regarding how the Constitution can and is to be amended or revised has been overhauled and given more clarity and improvement in the new 2008 Constitution.
First, a motion for amending and revising the Constitution must be proposed by the Legislative Board, this must then be approved by a three-fourth (3/4) vote of the following groups/offices (Art. XIII, Sec. 1): University Student Council Executive Board Legislative Board Council of Student Organizations Executive Board Heraldo Filipino Editorial Board Council of Presidents of Performing Arts Group University Student Commission on Election Student Auxiliary Group Office of Student Services
This group is a representation of all student sectors in the University thus ensuring that there is a great support coming from the students for the motion to amend and revise the Constitution. However, it is not enough that the Legislative Board just propose a motion to amend and revise the Constitution, this must be accompanied by a draft constitution that will be considered in the deliberation of the USC EB who will then choose, once they approve of the motion to amend and revise the Constitution, the mode in which it will be done (Art. XIII, Sec. 2). There are two choices: Constitutional Convention - this is composed of the representatives from the same group mentioned a while ago. Constitutional Assembly - the Legislative Board will be convened solely for the purpose of amending the Constitution.
Ordinary students through a Students' Initiative which can only propose amendments to certain provisions or parts of the Constitution is also a mode of changing part of the Constitution. This needs support of twenty (20%) of the total student population in the University. Once enough support is garnered, the petition along with the draft of
the proposed amendment to the Constitution will then be submitted to the Legislative Board for approval (Art. XIII, Sec. 3). Amending and revision of the Constitution can only be done every two years so that it can be in effect for a considerable amount of time but be flexible enough to meet the needs of the students as time goes on (Art. XIII, Sec. 4). All amendments and revisions to the Constitution must be ratified by the students through a plebiscite after sufficient time is allotted for the campaign so that students would know and understand what changes are going to be made to the Constitution (Ratification, Sec. 1). Article XIV - Transitory Provisions This is the last yet supplemental part of the 2008 Constitution. It will serve as a guide during the transition period once the Constitution takes effect. In summary here are the things to be remembered and followed: the new qualifications for elected positions will be followed by candidates starting school year 2009-2010 the USC and College Student Council will be governed by the new Constitution except for some exceptions that are caused by the uniqueness of each College. In cases like these, the College Student Councils are free to create their own Internal Rules which will serve for their own purposes. when using the Constitution in the College Student Council level, the USC shall mean the College Student Council and the Program Council shall mean to be the College Student Councils.
The Delegates to the 2007 Students’ Constitutional Convention Officers Chairman Julius D. Rocas Co-Chairman Jerry Digo Secretariat Ana Marie Balanquit Levimin Jose Jihan Ledesma Sgt. at Arms Mica Marie Gregorio Jordan Dimapilis Consultant Mr. Albert John R. Puchero Faculty
MEMBERS University Student Council Joymay Amihan Melo Jean Triños
College of Business Administration Student Council Noel Andres Marie Bernadine Castillo
University Student Commission on Elections Paula Yvette Fariñas Marc Jeffrey Sioco College of Liberal Arts Student Council Leonard Lhey Hayag Gerwin Panghulan Council of Student Organizations Michael Manguerra Neil Noe Reyes College of Science Student Council Ian Lordeo Gutierrez Hernan Pantolla College of International Hospitality Management Student Council Karen Kathleen Garcia Alvin Gimao College of Education Student Council Giezel Marasigan Dianne Delos Santos College of Law Enforcement Student Council Emmanuelle Jude Garcesa Maria May Manalo Student Auxiliary Group Anthomy Signey Rose Antoinette Juanillo Heraldo Filipino Regilin Hernandez Performing Arts Group Michael Tacsay Teofilyn Ferido College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Student Council Ariel Riel Ryan Dave Remulla
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