Samahan Central Board (SCB) and the General Assembly of Class Presidents (GACP) Executive Board released today a letter calling for a peaceful resolution on the issue regarding the misconducts of certain students from the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) during the Palarong Atenista and the Ateneo Fiesta.
In this letter, entitled Samahan Central Board and GACP Executive Board Call for a Peaceful Resolution and Take Proactive Measures, the two bodies extended their apologies to CEA. We sincerely apologize if the position paper may have been inferred as a generalization to all CEA students, the letter related.
The position paper mentioned is another letter, entitled Samahan Condemns the Hostile Behavior of College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) Students, which was released on August 18.
The previous letter cited various untoward incidents between CEA students and students of the Humanities, Accountancy/Management Accounting/Accounting Technology (BSAMAAT), and Business & Management divisions. The letter also mentioned certain CEA students who conducted specific misdemeanors. These incidents of bullying, as it was described in the letter, were in violation of certain sections of the Student Handbook. For this, the SCB recommended in said letter that the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) and a number of offices take measures to correct the behavior of CEA students.
This letter had caused uproar among the students, both from CEA and other divisions alike, as well as the faculty, alumni, and non-members of the Ateneo community.
The current letter continued with a call to resolve the bullying incidents and put an end to bullying in the Ateneo.
We believe that it is everybody’s shared responsibility to remind those who bully that such act is not acceptable, the letter stated. Very few students may be bullying, but the act of omission and indifference of the majority has caused bullying to be tolerated and to cause more hurt and pain towards those offended.
To this end, the SCB and the GACP wrote that they will spearhead a massive anti-bullying campaign on the campus in the following weeks.
Also, the letter called for the Deputy Academic Vice President for Formation and the OSA to institute measures to discourage bullying. Such actions include classifying bullying as an offense subject to disciplinary action, inclusion of class action suits to the procedures of disciplinary action, and stricter enforcement of school rules and regulations.
Furthermore, the letter supported the formation of a Sports Management Committee to oversee sports events, establish a definite set of guidelines to be followed in competitions, and sanction offenders to these guidelines.
The letter ended with a request for prudence on the part of students in their words and actions in public and in cyberspace.
The letter was signed by Aldwin Dumago, SCB President; Brent Jimenez, SCB Treasurer; Frances Acera, SCB OIC Secretarty-General; Mr. Jenner Chan, SCB Moderator; and the division representatives, with the exception of CEA representative Razelle Orquiza, who was stated to have chosen not to sign given her involvement in the issue. Also signing were Jubail Pasia, GACP Chairperson; Elainizelle Tiu, GACP Internal Vice-President; Caludette Gasendo, GACP External-Vice President; Stephen Visitacion, GACP Secretary-General; and Adrianne Sabate, GACP Finance Officer; with Ann Zarate, CCO External Vice-President.