HAU yet to have concrete plans, ‘nagpapalamig’ after backlash from students

With the university’s plans still in the works, the School of Business and Accountancy Student Council, The Enterprise, University Student Council, and The Angelite air out their concerns to the admin through a Zoom video conference this afternoon. Issues for their department were raised suchlike the comprehensive exam for graduating students, laboratory subjects, and also the breakdown of fees and e-learning.

“Six (6) hours exam in three (3) days. So three days kaylangan nila ng mga gadgets, and stable internet and yung six hours na pag te-take”, said a 5th year accounting student.

Concerning the comprehensive examination, it was decided that shifting it to online was infeasible. The comprehensive examination will therefore be held right after the lifting of the Enhanced Community Quarantine which is not yet sure when.

The release of the breakdown of fees was also asked during the meeting. As a response, Mr. Robby Tantingco, Vice President for Student Services & Affairs said they are still deliberating which funds are to be deducted.

“Pasensya na kung plano kami nang plano at sinasabi agad sa inyo. We learned our lessons already, hindi na namin agad sasabihin sa inyo”, added Tantingco. He also added that the University will not release any information as their recent posts have garnered criticisms, furthermore Frequently Asked Questions guide will be posted along with other vital information once the public pressure settles down.

According to Ms. Ma. Cristina Naguit, Management Chairperson, online activities will require to do different outputs, showing creativity, and not merely exams. She asked students, “…Before nila i-judge, give it a chance muna.”

With regards to online instructions, “We told them [HAU Admin] before to avoid live activities and live discussions para maging considerate sa iba’t ibang situations such as poor signal and power outage. It was considered we got a commitment to reform the undertaking, and some initially implemented online guidelines sa summer para maimprove ang first sem online classes”, Carreon suggested.

Compulsory Undertaking questioned

The SBA Chairperson, Joshua Liscano, addressed issues their department face: laboratory fees, use of ENTEC building, college entrance exam, sports scholarship, release date of President’s and Dean’s list.

The USC Chairman, Paul Ernest Carreon also raised the issue with regards to the compulsory enrollment undertaking that listed five (5) preconditions and will not hold the university accountable for non-participation in online classes including the opening of St. Martha Apartments. The matter will still however be deliberated.

A consultative meeting will be held with all the departments, with the School of Engineering and Architecture to be conducted tomorrow.

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