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Students’ General Meeting Successfully Held; Actions Taken After the MeetingAfter Students’ General Meeting; GSC had a meeting with faculty

   The Students’ General Meeting regarding the problems posed against the school was accomplished on September 17th. On the following Monday, September 21st, the General Student Council (GSC) and the faculty met up at Lotus Hall regarding the items passed in the 9.17 Meeting. The meeting focused on the 2nd item, Innovation of Students’ Rights. The discussion for the first item, Opposition on Intervention of Religious Order, was postponed, leaving the answer from the faculty that a new Research Ethics Honesty Committee (REHC) will be organized for the plagiarism evaluation of President Han Tae-sik (Bogwang)’s thesis.

   
 
  ▲ At the student’s general meeting, most of the students raising their hands with “Agree” pickets.  

/Photograph by Yim Se-youn

   On September 17th, at 6:50 P.M., according to the official statistics, total of 2,031 students gathered for the Students’ General Meeting. It was accomplished in 15 years. After counting, Choi Kwang-baek, the chairperson of GSC shouted out for joy, thanking students for such efforts to participate in the meeting. Yu Seong-su, a freshman majoring in Philosophy, said, “I think the fact that a lot of students came for the meeting means that we went one step forward to a change,” then added, “I wish this meeting could become a trigger for the school to put more efforts on communicating with students.”

   During the meeting, item 1 to 2-7  have passed with only a few dissenting votes. They include the following:  An opposition to the intervention of religious order and guarantee for university autonomy A change of scholarship system Improving the conditions of registration for courses Opening each evaluation item for grades to the public and reinforcing English-lecture system Taking follow-up measures of Biomedical System College Abolition of student regulations An opposition to unilateral reconstruction of  college departments.

   In contrast, for item 3, especially about the quorum for Students’ General Meeting, students discussed whether 1/7 or 1/10 of total number of enrolled students is appropriate for the minimum number necessary for the meeting. Jin Gi-hun, a senior majoring in Korean Language, argued, “The ratio for the minimum number of students needed for the impeachment of chairperson and the vice chairperson of GSC should also be 1/10, just the same ratio as the Students’ General Meeting needs.”

   The GSC and the students came up with the amended items: stating 1/10 of total number of students must gather for the both meeting and impeachment; changing the minimum semesters a member of General Representatives Council should register to four and limiting the satus of candidates to enrolled students in the relevant semester; changing the one for the General Female Student Council’s to two, and changing the time for the election of the board of representatives to October.

   
 
  ▲ At the meeting, the members of GSC and the faculty are discus sing about the items that passed in the 9.17 meeting.  

/Photograph by Yim Se-youn

   On September 21st, the General Student Council and the faculty have met up for the discussion on the items passed in the 9.17 Meeting. They concentrated on the 2nd item, Innovation of Students’ Rights. Detailed discussion will be possible after the GSC list up the items and submit them to the faculty, allowing the faculty to distribute the items to the respective divisions.

   The first item, Opposition on Intervention of Religious Order, was not discussed in detail. Such decision was made by  Choi Kwang-baek, the Chairman of GSC, considering that a short meeting will not be able to bring up solutions. Instead, there was a brief discussion regarding the suspicions on whether President Han plagiarized his thesis or not, which students had been bringing up continuously.

   Park Young-mi, a freshman majoring in Chemistry, said at the Students’ General Meeting, “Our department requires the students to write graduation thesis. Then, the school president is the last to evaluate whether they will pass or not. However, if the president plagiarized his paper, students will cast doubts on the fairness of the evaluation.”
The faculty requested the students to hold off mentioning the issue before the new Research Ethics Honesty Committee (REHC) re-examines the paper.

   Regarding this, Park Mun-soo, the chairperson of the College of Liberal Arts, said, “I propose students to participate in the inspection or to be announced of the process of progress,” then he finished by saying, “More than 2,000 students gathered because they do not trust the decisions made by REHC. Therefore, a result made by REHC in the future must also be agreeable to students.”

Yim Se-youn  seyoun8120@dongguk.edu

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