As soon as the semester began, the College of Police & Criminal Justice and the Department of International Trade became the subjects of controversy regarding seniority system. The seniority system is a rule in which students should be courteous to the upperclassmen. The rules apply even for those who are in the same age. This rule discussed actively from the time that on the “Everytime” community website, there were anonymous postings about the seniority issue of those two departments.
The controversy first began over the seniority system in the College of Police & Criminal Justice. On March 5th, a student captured the messages of announcement to first year students made by the College of Police & Criminal Justice. A student posted it on the Everytime, saying the student cannot understand the seniority system. According to the announcement, the students should wear in polite dress code when they take major courses with the upperclassmen. For example, casual clothing items like hats and slippers are restricted. It also showed that freshemen should bow to the upperclassmen first in the same department even if the freshmen had not met them before. Numerous freshmen expressed their sympathy with the student who shared the messages publicly.
However, some students posted comments refuting the idea. They explained that seniority system is essential due to the special nature of the department, such as learning criminology. In fact, these regulations are also necessary to create tension. In addition, they asserted that the seniority system in the College of Police & Criminal Justice is not harsh, although the department has strict images of a vertical relationship from seniority system. Also, there were some comments explaining caution in dress code was a professors’ direct order. Overall, they insisted the incident is not a problem.
Similarly, three days later, on the bulletin board of “Everytime," a student of the Department of International Trade raised a question about the seniority system in the department. According to the article, senior students of the student council of the Department of International Trade demanded to use honorifics from first-year students at the talent show, and the seniors were not polite at all. The anonymous writer of Everytime, who is majoring in the Department of International Trade, felt discomfort because the student could not freely interact with their friends during the talent show, because of the seniority system.
A rebuttal was posted immediately arguing that the article was written in a biased way. A rebuttal stated that a freshman seems to have misunderstood the idea that fellow students should be courteous to respect each other with the idea of military discipline. Also, it was pointed out that the student council of the Department of International Trade had never forced seniority system. Nevertheless, the student council said, “We apologize for causing any inconvenience” and reflect on their conduct. Considering this, some people criticized that apology statement only focused on the chaos they caused, not on the doubt over the seniority system in the department. Although the subjects of the two cases explained their positions, the argument regarding the seniority system has not been resolved yet. Given that the two sides’ positions are still standing firm, it seems difficult to find a solution of the issue. The anonymous posting on Everytime that raised the argument over the seniority system in the Department of International Trade has since been deleted. As a result, that no one could realize the truth.
Cho Moon-kyung firstname.lastname@example.org
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