Code of rights and obligations of students

The Ministry of Education launched the draft order on the Code of Rights and Obligations of Students for public consultation. Oana Șîntar, president of the National Alliance of Student Organizations, explained to “Adevărul” which are the most important provisions and which problems could be solved once the new statute comes into force.

Students demand new rights. Photo source: archive

The code of rights and obligations of students provides, as a novelty, among other things, the regulation of the rights of students with disabilities. “Until now, there was no specific provision. Now we have introduced some minimum rights. For example, we asked that universities have the right to request a sign language interpreter – when appropriate – and that would be of great help to students with hearing impairments. We also want, outside and inside the buildings, access ramps for people with disabilities, but also bathrooms equipped for these students“, explained Oana Șăntar. Students also demand that teachers be informed and trained in such a way that they can meet the needs of students with disabilities.

The Code of Rights and Obligations of Students states that they must not be forced to attend classes for more than eight hours a day. “This provision existed before, but in a different form, namely that students have the right to refuse participation. We, now, have put everything in a different form, that they cannot be constrained. It's a difference. Before, if you refused to participate, there could be consequences, repercussions. Moreover, in the old form practical activities were not targeted, but only theoretical ones. Now we have also included the compulsory practice. That is, theory and practice must not add up to more than eight hours”, pointed out Oana Șăntar.

What is the reason for this practice in Universities? “Due to the lack of space, in many faculties, they schedule from 10 o'clock or even 12 o'clock on the same day. I don't know how else the information and knowledge could be assimilated.”

Code of rights and obligations of students. No reclassification fee

The project stipulates that universities cannot charge additional fees to students for the process of reclassifying them from a fee place to one financed from the state budget. “At the “Ștefan cel Mare” university in Suceava, the students informed us that a reclassification fee of 400 lei is charged. For example, if I am on tax and earn my place on the budget, to switch me from tax to budget you ask me 400 lei. Although my average this year automatically puts me on the budget next year, I still have to pay. It is an internal procedure, established by them. That's why I wanted the provision to appear in the code, so that no one can ask for money to move a student from one list to another.”

Another important innovation will be that a student cannot be represented in decision-making structures of the same university for more than five years. “A representative student may get some benefits from the institution, although this should not happen. There are faculties that offer benefits related to fee reductions, others offer certain scholarships, some student representatives are directly involved in the distribution of accommodation. Therefore, as a student representative, there are quite high possibilities to sit comfortably for a long time,” explained Oana Șăntar.