IN EVERY institution, not only are there rules that need to be observed and followed but also rights that must be upheld to have an orderly atmosphere. Regardless of position, every person is entitled to these rights that protect them from any mistreatment. For Journalism senior Ryah Sunday Carreon, having an official document of clearly defined students’ rights is essential in the University of Santo Tomas (UST). “Karapatan mo ‘yun bilang estudyante and it will safeguard you sa kung ano mang magiging situation mo bilang estudyante na nag-aaral sa UST.” However, in the University, a ratified students’ rights code that Thomasians can refer to does not exist. First drafted in October 2004, the Students’ Rights Code is still benching for the administration’s approval at present.
THOMASIANS MUST again strengthen their support for the long-delayed passing of the Students' Rights and Welfare (STRAW) Bill to law, the speaker of the Central Board and president of the Civil Law Student Council said in a forum held Tuesday. "It’s not just important na mayroon tayong Students' Code inside the University, but then it is also needed na mayroon tayong national policy that will safeguard our rights to the Students' Code against the administration,” Jonathan Santos said. "I think it's high time to revive the clamor [for] passing the STRAW Bill as law." Santos explained that while the STRAW bill is pro-student, it is not necessarily anti-administration of a school or university. "Hindi naman porket hindi tayo oppressed, hindi na natin ‘to kailangan pansinin. Rights
THOMASIANS WERE encouraged to support and create a clamor for the long-sought passage of the Students’ Code, which is only two steps away from its approval. Former Central Student Council (CSC) President Atty. Lorraine Taguiam stressed in a forum titled “The Great Charter” that the actualization of the code is every Thomasian’s responsibility. “For the past years, it has been a struggle of the Students’ Code ─ reaching that level of awareness… It’s very hard talaga to reach everyone’s attention, especially in the University na sobrang laki ng population and very diverse ‘yung interest ng everyone. But we don’t just stop there,” Taguiam said. She also said the enactment of the Students’ Code would guarantee a clear provision of the Thomasians’ rights, student empowerment and un