CU apologises for alleged malfeasance by lecturer
Chulalongkorn University (CU) has apologised and offered remedial options to five students of the Law Faculty who were ejected two years after their grade point average for their freshmen year failed to meet grading requirements.
- Published: 20/06/2013 at 09:26 PM
- Newspaper section: topstories
"I have to give my sincerest apology to the parents, students and the alumni," Sakda Thanitcul, dean of the faculty, said on Thursday.
The university's grading regulation states that a student whose total grade point average (GPAX) drops below 2.0 will be given probationary status.
If a student remains on probation for four consecutive semesters with a GPAX of 1.8-2.0, or two consecutive semesters for a GPAX of 1.5-1.8, they are forced to quit the campus.
If a student's GPAX falls below 1.5, they are ejected immediately.
The five students did not know that they were given probationary status for their first semester as freshman two years ago because the mark for the Law and Society subject which they took in that semester, was not submitted until recently.
CU was heavily criticised by students and alumni who said the students involved would have avoided dismissal and not wasted two years if the grade submission had not been delayed.
The students reportedly contacted their lecturer numerous times to ask for the exam results and informed university staff of the delay repeatedly over the past two years. However, no progress was made in their case. Even in the meeting with CU administrators on Thursday, the students said they were not given a clear explanation of why the mistake occurred.
University vice rector MR Kalaya Tingsabadh on Thursday said CU will give the students two options based on their first to third year GPAX instead of their first and second year GPAX.
If their current GPAX passes the grading requirement, then they will be allowed to continue their studies. If not, they will be allowed to start over as freshmen with their tuition fully paid for by the university. They can also transfer their accumulated credits to other universities.
MR Kalaya said only one of the five students possesses a GPAX above the requirement.
She said she will meet with the students and their parents again to discuss other possibilities if any of them seek resolutions aside of the options offered.
MR Kalaya also mentioned that CU has assigned a probe panel and a disciplinary committee to investigate why the professor of the subject took over two years to submit the scores.
"The instructor will no longer be teaching the subject and we will find a suitable replacement for the position," she said.
Mr Sakda said the exact reason as to why the grades were submitted late was not yet known, but an investigation was underway and an answer would be provided as soon as possible.
Mr Sakda insisted that a rumour that the executive members at the faculty would be let "off the hook" since the blame was placed on the professor was not true.
"If the outcome of the probe leads to me, then I will have to face punishment as well," Mr Sakda said.
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