Sanctions for Disciplinary Cases
Disciplinary administrative sanctions in the University are deemed educational tools and only subsidiarily punitive, on the premise that colleges and universities are established as teaching institutions, and not penal facilities. Hence, these sanctions are meted out only if the stay of the student is no longer beneficial to him, or is inimical or dangerous to fellow students, or imperils the academic community or its learning environment.
There are three categories of disciplinary administrative sanctions for serious offenses or violations of school rules and regulations:
- Expulsion. An extreme penalty imposed on an erring student, consisting of his exclusion from admission to any school in the Philippines (See Appendix on Expulsion).
- Exclusion. A penalty whereby the University drops the name of the erring student from the school rolls for being undesirable and immediately issues transfer credentials. In some exceptional cases, the school may defer the imposition of the penalty of exclusion and allow the student to finish the current term he is enrolled in.
- Suspension. A penalty whereby the University denies an erring student of attendance in class for a period not exceeding twenty percent (20%) of the prescribed class days for the semester (approximately four class weeks in a semester).
Preventive suspension of the same maximum duration may be applied if: a) the evidence is strong and b) facts warrant that the continued stay of the student imperils the normal operations of the school or poses danger to life or property. Preventive suspension may be imposed immediately, pending disciplinary inquiry.
If a student on preventive suspension is found to have violated a University rule, the period served shall be considered part of the penalty.
A student on suspension is prevented from attending class and thus from taking any examinations, quizzes, or graded recitations. Since he is not excused from these graded works, he receives failing marks for them and is barred from making up for them upon his return.
The exception is when a student under preventive suspension is found not to have committed an offense, in which case, he shall then be allowed to take examinations and quizzes missed. His absences from classes on account of suspension shall not be counted against the attendance requirements.
In all disciplinary cases, sanctions shall be applied only after due process is observed.
All documents pertinent to a case shall be kept in the University records for a period of one year for reference in case of appeals filed with appropriate bodies outside the University.