Soongsilians’ discontents have increased because the registration and leave of absence system had been abolished. So, ST interviewed the General Student Association. .........................................................................Ed On July 5th 2017, SSU abolished the registration and leave of absence system (RLAS). The school was at a disadvantage regarding the evaluation of the university’s restructuring due to RLAS. SSU abolished this system in order to improve the grade during the second semester. A chart has been made accessible for anyone who wishes to check the changes, and if you want more details, you can find the files on the SSU website. Students had difficulty understanding the changes, as SSU suddenly decided to abolish this system. Some Soongsilians argue that it was not right for the school and the General Student Association (GSA) to change the school system without asking for the opinions of the entire student body first. For this reason, I interviewed the Student President of GSA. ST: Could you explain the process of abolishing RLAS? Lee Seo-ho (Lee): In the course of the abolition of RLAS, the Team of Academic Affairs held a meeting with the GSA in June, and it was the first time that the system became the topic of conversation. After the meeting, the GSA conveyed this to the College Student Association (CSA). GSA expressed the opinions of the CSA to the University Council. Finally, the Chairman-Chancellor approved it and the RLAS was abolished. ST: When RLAS was abolished, Soongsilians had many questions. How did GSA respond to these inquiries? Lee: First, I made observations regarding the negative effects of the system change, as well as what about the changes were causing students to be dissatisfied. After that, GSA requested SSU to come up with solutions to the aspects of the change that makes the students most uncomfortable. GSA gathered student requests and posted them on the GSA Facebook page. At the beginning of the fall semester, we are planning to advertise the improvements. ST: Some of the students argue that the only purpose of this abolition is the quantitative evaluation of the school. I wonder what GSA thinks about this. Lee: GSA, along with CSA, tried to reflect the opinions of the students as much as possible. If our school does not receive a good evaluation, it will reduce the number of students. The abolition of RLAS was for the future of our school.
Han Jeong-woo (ST Cub-Reporter)