VIGAN CITY, Aug 17 (PIA) -– A grievance committee in every school in Vigan City has been created to receive complaints from students or persons against students for committing acts that are grounds for disciplinary action.
Mayor Eva Medina said the committee will conduct formal investigation and render a just and impartial decision on the complaint within 60 days from its filing, based on the provisions in the Vigan Student Code of Conduct and Discipline.
Medina said the grievance committee, composed of the school head, faculty member or adviser, guidance counselor, PTA president and Student Council president, shall adopt its own rules and procedures for speedy disposition of complaints lodged against any student.
Such complaints or violations include physical abuse, sexual misconduct or verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, hazing, coercion and other conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person inside or outside the campus.
For the first offender, suspension for at least two weeks to one semester; suspension for at least one semester to one year for the second offense; and suspension for at least one year to expulsion for the third offense.
Same offenses will be meted for possession, use, sale or purchase of any illegal drugs or alcohol in the schools promises; immorality, indecency and any form of obscene or lewd behavior such as necking or petting, and reading or possessing pornographic materials inside the campus.
The mayor said the city government and the schools recognized the student right to form student organizationssuch as fraternities and sororities in the University of Northern Philippines and Divine Word College of Vigan for their civic development and welfare, but they should have a clearly defined objectives and relevant programs and projects observing the rules and regulations prescribed by law. (ANL/BPP-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)