In the Pazo de Meirás, now the subject of litigation between the Franco family and the public administrations, in 1954, the Regulation of Academic Discipline of the Official Centers of Higher Education and Technical Education was signed, designed “mainly to control public order” . The Ministry of Universities plans to repeal this regulation that is still in force today with regard to students and replace it with a University Coexistence Law in preparation.
The text of the preliminary draft submitted to public information commitment to conflict resolution through mediation and the possibility of substitute measures of an “educational or remedial” type when the offenses committed are minor or serious and as long as they do not involve “fraudulent actions” related to exams or evaluation work, which in theory would prevent those who copy in exams, falsify their results or appropriate such documents.
Those who have no alternative in alternative measures and are penalized with a minimum expulsion of two months, but that can be up to three years, of the university, are the offenses considered very serious, a list that includes behaviors such as hazing with “serious impairment of dignity”, sexual harassment or harassment in general, discrimination, “total or partial” plagiarism of a work or “academic fraud” in end-of-degree, end-of-master or doctoral thesis, impersonation or falsifying academic documents, among others.
Those in which the possibility of paying them would be open, if the injured parties give their consent and go along the line of repairing the damage caused, with training, cultural, public health, sports, university extension activities and institutional relations or other similar activities. , they would be minor offenses such as painting graffiti or entering unauthorized areas, and serious offenses that would include hacking the campus computer system, violating health regulations, such as those of the COVID, or boycott a class.
In general, the penalty for a minor offense would simply be a private warning, while committing a serious offense could lead to expulsion of up to one month from the university (never in evaluation periods) and the loss of enrollment during a course of the subject in which the academic fraud was committed.
Although the preliminary draft bets on mediation and intends that the new disciplinary regime be applied “in a supplementary and residual way” and that it only comes into play when the parties refuse to go to mediation, not all offenses can benefit from this route, which requires create a coexistence commission on campuses. Those cases that may involve “situations of sexual harassment, or for reasons of sex or gender violence, nor in those cases that may involve academic fraud or deterioration of the university’s assets” are excluded.
The draft, which only affects public universities, establishes that they must approve their own rules of coexistence, mandatory for the entire educational community, and also act now in prevention and training to avoid situations of violence, discrimination or harassment and with a gender perspective.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.