by: Yvette Morales
Update as of July 2, 2014 12:02 AM: After clarifying with the University Secretary, Office of the Student Regent said through its Facebook page that one-semester recruitment ban for incoming Freshmen will apply to organizations while Greek formations can only recruit students after a full year of residency in the university. The change in residency requirement for fraternity and sorority recruits was just vetoed during the Board of Regents meeting.
MANILA – Incoming UP Diliman freshmen can no longer join organizations and Greek formations on their first semester after the Board of Regents (BOR) approved today the 2012 Code of Student Conduct (CSC).
Under Section 1.3.1 of the CSC, corrective measures for organizations, fraternities, and sororities who “[accept] a student who has not completed a one-semester residency in UP Diliman for membership” range from one semester suspension up to expulsion, depending on the weight of the offense.
For students who will accept membership, counseling will be required under the notice of the parent or guardian.
However, Student Regent Neill John Macuha said “a BOR member” raised the matter of extending the ban for fraternities and sororities to one year due to recent reports on the death of a De La Salle student (sic) because of hazing.
“Bakit kinikitil yung constitutional right sa pag-organize (Why are they repressing the constitutional right of students to organize)?” Macuha, also a fraternity member, said.
Several student leaders also expressed the same sentiments regarding the issue.
“This provision and its corresponding sanctions are a violation of the students’ right to association guaranteed in the Constitution and Education Act of 1982. We should recognize a student’s capacity to exercise this right with discernment,” University Student Council Students’ Rights and Welfare Committee Head Pola Lamarca said.
Meanwhile, Katipunan ng mga Sangguniang Mag-aaral sa UP (KASAMA sa UP) national chairperson Eds Gabral said the passage of the code gave a “feeling of betrayal” among the students.
“It is also disheartening to know that the alternative we have crafted, the Students’ Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, was refused to be discussed. This Code, clearly, is a violation of our democratic rights,” Gabral said.
BOR member and Commission on Higher Education chairperson Patricia Licuanan also motioned that the new rule be implemented in other UP units, according to the OSR Facebook page.