Many students on the Seoul campus applied for Bio-medi campus (BMC) classes due to the announcement that cyber lecture method will be extended in the second semester except for some classes which are applied by fewer than a certain number of student or need practices. However, BMC students, who could not apply for lectures on the Seoul campus because of restrictions on registration, began to demand solutions to the problems inherent in the Bio-medi campus. Dongguk University has established a research-oriented and specialized campus in Ilsan, Goyang, in order to intensively foster biotechnology, medicine, and pharmaceutical fields as part of its restart project. In principle, as the Bio-medi campus belongs to the same school with the Seoul campus, there should be no discriminations in treating students between the two campuses. Nevertheless, many students at the BMC are complaining of inconvenience in terms of restrictions on enrollment, quality of lectures, school facilities, services and so on. Therefore, it seems that improvements for those complaints are needed.
The biggest discrimination that the BMC students feel compared to the Seoul campus is that their registration for lectures is limited and the quality of their lectures is poor. All students in Dongguk University including the BMC students must take compulsory lectures to graduate. However, the number of compulsory courses held in the BMC is too small, and professors in charge of lectures are also not diverse. Therefore, there is a little choice for students to choose which classes to take during that semester. In addition, the rights of the BMC students were severely violated as they were not able to apply for lectures on the Seoul campus, while students on the Seoul campus could apply for lectures on the BMC. In order to guarantee BMC students’ rights to study, the school and the General Student Council (GSC) decided to restrict the application of students from the Seoul campus so that only students on the BMC can apply for the BMC courses. A senior of the College of Life Science and Biotechnology said, “The most inconvenient thing is that I cannot choose professors for my classes. Few common lectures are offered on the BMC because there are a few students. Therefore, even if the students’ evaluations of the professors are not good, we have no choice but to take the class to graduate. Also, due to the policy ‘Students on the BMC should take common classes at BMC,’ I had to take the seasonal semester if the class I wanted was not open. Of course, I think our rights for learning have been less violated thanks to the school and GSC that have taken action in line with the current situation of non-face-to-face lectures. Still, I think BMC students’ rights to choose classes could be respected through cross-campus applications at a special time when the demand for the BMC classes increases."
Another problem that needs to be solved is that the BMC students cannot benefit from the same school as the Seoul campus students do. Financial services are not activated within the BMC, so all services, except the first issuance of student ID, must be rendered at the Seoul campus. Furthermore, books provided by the library are limited. The biggest problem is that students on the Ilsan campus are not able to participate in clubs enough to enjoy themselves as students, since the formation of a central club focuses on the Seoul campus. Moreover, there is restriction of meetings in the BMC, so they cannot enjoy school activities. Also, invitation events and corporate promotions for students are held mainly on the Seoul campus, so the BMC students are discriminated against for their rights. Lee Je-joon, the president of GSC, said, “We are also aware of the problems of the BMC and inconveniences that students are suffering. Even if it takes a long time, I think those problems must be solved for students.”
Many BMC students paying high tuition fees are still wondering why they are treated differently from Seoul campus students. In addition to the measure to solve the problem of registration on lecture for BMC students, more efforts will be needed to improve the quality of service available to students in the Ilsan Campus. The senior student added, “BMC is developing little by little. However, there are still discriminations and violations of rights that students have to endure just because they entered the departments of the BMC. What I want as a Bio-medi campus student is just being recognized as a member of Dongguk University. When the Seoul Campus students sympathize with this problem, I am sure that the campus that I am looking forward to will be realized.”
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