ON THE PROPOSED UP DILIMAN CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT

UP ALYANSA is an alliance of duly recognized student organizations in the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Since its inception in 2000, it has participated in activities, campaigns, and services geared towards progressive change, in accordance with its goals, namely: progressive multi-perspective activism, academic excellence, student empowerment, social justice and social progress. Presently, the alliance is composed of eleven organizations, to wit: UP Alliance for Responsive Involvement and Student Empowerment—Engineering (1996), BUKLOD College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (1992), BLUEPRINT ARKI (2007), UP Sirkulo ng mga Kabataang Artista (2003), UP Economics Towards Consciousness (1979), UP Tau Rho Xi Fraternity (1962), UP Library and Information Science Students’ Association (1962), UP Strength in AIT (2003), Forging Leadership and Excellence in CHK (2007), AKBAYAN! Youth UP Diliman (1998), and ALYANSA Circle of Individuals (2000). In light of the recent moves of the UP Diliman Administration to revise the current UP Diliman Code of Student Conduct, we in UP ALYANSA hereby declare and manifest the following: 1. We recognize the basic right of the UP Diliman Administration to make rules and regulations necessary for the safety, well-being, and benefit of the studentry. With that, we recognize the fact that the 2009 Draft Student Code of Conduct was passed in order to fulfill such responsibilities. 2. We are aware of the fact that there are certain provisions in the earlier draft of the Student Code that have been amended or removed in the 2010 version. We in ALYANSA affirm the respective actions concerning the following provisions: a. The new rule allowing freshmen to join an organization after completion of one semester of residency in the University. (Article VI. Guidelines for Students and Registered Student Organizations):
Section 3.1.a. A student organization seeking University registration must have a membership of at least twenty (20), including officers, who have completed at least one (1) semester of residency in the University and who are currently enrolled. The organization must submit in hard and electronic form a copy of its Constitution and by-laws to the Office of Student Activities (OSA).

b. The removal of the provision requiring student organizations seeking University recognition to have a membership of at least 0.5% of the eligible student population c. The clarification of the provisions concerning the means of serving summons unto students (Article VII. Procedure):
Section 2.6. Summons [and other parallel sections]. The Committee shall, within five (5) days, from its constitution, issue summons to the respondent with a copy of the complaint and the Dean’s Report. The summons shall be served personally to the respondent through the Secretary of the College to which s/he belongs or through the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) if the respondent does not belong to any college; by electronic mail to the respondent’s UP Webmail account, wherein the respondent is presumed to have received the Summons within three (3) days and by registered mail to the respondent’s residence address indicated in her/his latest Form 5, wherein the respondent is presumed to have received the Summons within ten (10) days. Finally, a copy of the summons shall also be served to the respondent’s parents or guardians. It is incumbent upon the respondent to notify the University through her/his home College, of any change of address during the pendency of the case. Otherwise s/he is bound by the address given in her/his last Form 5. Receipt by the parents will be considered receipt by the respondent. These modes of service of summons shall also apply to the service of notices, decisions and other communications.

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3. On the other hand, there are still some points in the Student Code that we will not accept and would want to amend. These are the following: a. On the declaration that tambayan is a concern.  We disagree that the use of a tambayan is considered a grant. We in ALYANSA maintain our position that a tambayan is not merely a privilege, but a right, in pursuit of the University's goal towards a holistic humanitarian education, as well as a manifestation of our right to join organizations for purposes not contrary to law. (Section 4.1. Tambayan, Article VI. Guidelines for Students and Registered Student Organizations)  Giving the burden of this matter to the college or local student council alone is not fair and would not be counterproductive. We would like to call the attention of the Administration to provide a clear commitment of its sincere desire to promote the well-being of student organizations through assisting them in acquiring tambayans. (Section 4.1.1. Grant of tambayan, Article VI. Guidelines for Students and Registered Student Organizations) b. We would like to put forward that instead of the disciplinary body inviting “students as resource persons in the conduct of proceedings”, the accused should be the one to have the power to request for the presence of such. (Section 1. Disciplinary Bodies, Article VII. Procedure) c. The requirements for organizational recognition are still not clearly manifested. We would like to manifest that for this academic year, the Office of Student Activities has imposed new requirements for organizational requirements that are not included in the current draft, such as the Leadership Training Seminar and the Gender Sensitivity Training. We ask for the clarification of all these requirements in order to prevent the unnecessary imposition of new ones under the Office of Student Activities contrary to those stipulated in the Student Code. (Section 3. Guidelines on the application for, or renewal of, official registration of student organizations in the University, Article VI. Guidelines for Students and Registered Student Organizations) 4. We again insist that it is necessary to include a bill of students’ rights that gives explicit and specific mention to particular liberties, benefits, and entitlements that the UP Administration must respect, protect, and guarantee.
Article V. Rights, Privileges and Responsibilities of Students and Student Organizations Section 1. Rights of Students—In addition to other rights under existing laws, every student shall enjoy the following rights: 1. The right to adequate welfare services and academic facilities, which shall include butshall not be limited to the following: a. Free annual physical check-up; b. Legal assistance in cases involving the exercise and enjoyment of rights and freedoms as students; c. School guidance and counseling services for decisions and selecting the alternatives in fields of work suited to his potentialities; d. Adequate laboratory, library, research, recreation and physical education facilities; e. Communications system to ensure that students are promptly notified of letters and other relevant information; f. Adequate, safe and clean housing facilities, such as dormitories, for students inside campuses. 2. The right of access to her/his school records, the confidentiality of which the school shall maintain and preserve. 3. The right to the issuance of official certificates, diplomas, transcript of records, grades, transfer credentials, and other similar documents within thirty days from request. 4. The right to information on matters affecting students’ rights and welfare. 5. The right to participate in the drafting of policies relating to students’ rights and welfare, especially in curriculum review, student discipline, tuition increase and academic standards. 6. The right to peaceably assemble and petition the government and school authorities for the redress of grievances. 7. The right to non-interference by military, police, or school security elements of legitimate student activities within the University, in particular, peaceful mass actions.

5. We, Iskolars para sa Bayan, call on the UP Administration to include and make these part of the code. With all of these amendments, we firmly believe that the UP Student Code of Conduct will genuinely respond to the needs and contribute to the growth of every student.
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