Students from UP Los Baños (UPLB), Diliman and Manila (UPM) protest at the Board of Regents meeting to bring to the university’s highest-policy making body the concerns of students in their various campuses.
Students from UPLB called for the scrapping of their university’s “no late payment” policy, a policy similar to the one that barred 1st year Behavioral Science student Kristel Tejada from continuing to attend her classes before she took her own life in 2013 and one that was scrapped in UPM a month after Tejada’s death.
UPM students raised the policy of return service agreement (RSA) implemented in six of seven colleges in the university and since last semester bars students from most of the six colleges from shifting to courses without the RSA contract if they do not pay the cost of their education, ranging from P600,000 to P1.2 million, depending on length of stay in the university and amount of tuition paid.
The members of the BOR came down and faced the students. Representatives of the three campuses spoke with UP President Danilo Concepcion, Commission on Higher Education Chairman Popoy De Vera, and the rest of the BOR. The BOR said that students would be allowed to register and that dialogue with the administration in various campuses would be held.