1987 CONSTITUTION OF THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT OF FEATI UNIVERSITY
P R E A M B L E
We, the students of FEATI University, in order to establish
a student government that shall embody our ideals, protect
our rights, promote our welfare, foster solidarity and unity
among us, establish rapport with the university administration
and work for the advancement of our goals and aspirations,
based on justice, freedom and democracy, do hereby ordain
and promulgate this constitution.
SCOPE AND APPLICATION
Section 1. This constitution shall apply to all students
of FEATI University, Manila.
DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES AND OBJECTIVES
Section 1. This student government shall be democratic,
popular and representative and all student government authority
emanates from the students. It shall adhere to and pursue
the following objectives in order to realize human existence
||a. The promotion of the total and well-rounded
development of every students;
b. The protection and promotion of the rights and welfare
of the students
c. The development of the sense of service and responsibility
among the students to enable them to utilize educational opportunity
to the maximum in the promotion of unity and enhancement of
the welfare not only of the university but the whole academic
community as well;
d. The development of a wholesome attitudes of the students
in their interactions among themselves, with the faculty,
with the university and with the bigger society to which they
e. To seek and support educational reforms along nationalistic,
humanistic and scientific methods for the full development
of the human potential to enable it to respond to social realities
and to the promotion of academic freedom;
f. To serve as an active form of student ideas and sentiments;
g. To adhere to democratic principles, practices and processes
and abide by the rule that the majority prevail over the minority,
subject to the right of the minority to be heard.
BILL OF RIGHTS
Section 1. No student shall be subjected to disciplinary
action without due process of law or without his side being
Section 2. The students shall enjoy freedom of speech, of
expression, of the press or the right to peacefully assemble
to petition their own student government and the university
for redress of their grievance in the school.
Section 3. The students shall have the right to be informed;
thru the FUSSC, of school rules, regulations and policies
that are intended for and directly affecting them as students.
Section 4. The students shall have the right to have access
to their own official records subject to the university
regulations and confidentiality of school records, to an
expeditious issuance of their official transcript of records,
grades, certifications, diploma and other similar school
BILL OF DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS
Section 1. The students shall abide by and perform the
following duties and obligations:
|| a. The duty and obligation to uphold this constitution,
to honor and respect FEATI University and, to obey and observe
at all times the rules, regulations and/or policies of FEATI
University, the Department of Education, Culture and Sports
and the laws of the land;
b. To exercise his rights properly and responsibly, with due
regard to the rights of his fellow students and all others;
c. To promote peace and harmony among all the various constituencies
or segments of the university in order to create and maintain
a peaceful and orderly academic community that is conducive
d. To cast his vote in every election, plebiscite, referendum
or in any other activity when called upon to do so; and
e. To assist in the dessimination of rules, regulations and
policies of the university and of the FUSSC and at the same
time in the teaching and advising of their fellow students
on the proper observance of such rules, regulations and policies.
Section 1. The governing body of the student government of
FEATI University is a council called "FEATI UNIVERSITY SUPREME
STUDENT COUNCIL (FUSSC)."
Section 2. The FUSSC shall be composed of the following: a
President; a Vice-President; a Secretary; a Treasurer; an
Auditor; a Business Manager; a Press Relation Officer; a Sergeant-at-Arms;
and the Representatives representing the course-departments
of the university to be apportioned on the ratio of one (1)
representative for every 1000 students or a fraction thereof
of not less than 500 students in each course-department; provided,
however, that a course department regardless of the size of
its enrollment shall have at least one representative.
Section 3. The President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer,
Auditor, Business Manager, Press Relation Officer and Sergeant-at-Arms,
shall all be elected by popular vote by all the students of
the university while the representatives shall be elected
by popular vote by all the students of the course-department
that each one of them represents.
GENERAL POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE
Section 1. The FUSSC President shall be the Chief Executive
and the head of the student government.
Section 2. He shall be the official spokesman and representative
of the student government and of the FUSSC on all matters
affecting the students and where the FUSSC and the student
government are supposed to be heard or represented.
Section 3. He shall appoint from among the members of the
FUSSC the student representative to the Committee on Student
Organizations and Activities (CSOA).
Section 4. The first President of the FUSSC under this constitution
shall upon assumption of office, immediately create an Ad-Hoc
Committee composed of members of the FUSSC to draft the
by-laws defining the specific duties and functions of the
FUSSC President and the other members of the FUSSC mentioned
in Section 2 of the immediately preceding article, and such
by-laws to be valid must be concurred in by at least a majority
of all the members of the FUSSC and approved by the President
of the university.
Section 5. He can create and dissolve committees, appoint
and remove the members of said committees at will depending
upon the needs of the FUSSC and the exigencies of the time,
for the effective implementation of the programs of government
of the FUSSC; provided, however, that the members of said
committees shall come only from the ranks of the FUSSC or
Section 6. He may assign to any other members of the FUSSC
such other duties and functions that are inherent in their
respective positions that they respectively hold.
Section 7. He may perform such other duties and functions
as are inherent in his positions as Chief Executive of the
FUSSC and as head of the student government.
GENERAL POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE
Section 1. The FUSSC shall be the policy making body of
the student government.
Section 2. It shall serve as the forum where problems, complaints
and/or any other matter involving the students shall first
be discussed, deliberated upon by the FUSSC as a body before
they are brought to the attention of the university for
Section 3. It may enact rules and regulations, ordinances
or resolutions, as the case may be, which are binding upon
all the students; provided, however, that such ordinance
and/or resolutions shall not be inconsistent with or contrary
to the rules, regulations and policies of FEATI University,
of the department of Education, Culture and Sports and of
the laws of the land.
Section 4. It shall fix the honorarium of the FUSSC President,
COMELEC members, Auditors, Advisers and the other officers
of the FUSSC that it shall determine to be also entitled
to receive honorarium.
DEPARTMENT STUDENT COUNCIL
Section 1. Each course-department shall be governed by
a council called the DEPARTMENT STUDENT COUNCIL (DSC). It
shall be composed of the following: a President; a Vice-President;
a Secretary; a Treasurer; an Auditor; a Business Manager;
a Press Relation Officer and a Sergeant-at-Arms.
Section 2. The Department Student Council shall be under
the supervision of the FUSSC to insure harmony and synchronization
of their functions and to see to it that the rules, regulations,
and policies that the department-council may promulgate
and adopt are not inconsistent with or contrary to the rules,
regulations and policies of the FUSSC and of the university.
Section 3. The members of the DSC shall be elected by popular
vote by all students of the corresponding course-department
in the same election that the members of the FUSSC are elected.
QUALIFICATIONS AND DISQUALIFICATIONS
Section 1. To qualify as member of the FUSSC or DSC a candidate
must have the following qualifications and none of the following
a. Qualifications- The following are qualified:
1. Those enrolled in FEATI University in the semester
(excluding summer) immediately preceding and at the time
of the election with a subject load in either semester
of not less than 15 academic units and, for the load in
the previous semester, must have obtained a general average
of not less than 2.5, with no failing grade of (5), of
marks of "Inc". "Dropped" and/or "NE", provided; however,
that the marks of the "Inc", Dropped" and/or "NE" may
be waived if satisfactorily explained to the COMELEC that
they were due to fortuitous event, force majeure, illness
and other similar causes beyond the control of the candidate;
2. First year students with a general average as indicated
in their report card (form1370 of not less than 85% or
b. Disqualifications- The following are disqualified;
1. Alien Students;
2. Students who are also employees of the university;
3. Members of the editorial staff of "THE FEATINIAN";
4. Students who have been convicted in court in final
judgment of violating any of the laws of the land or have
been found violating any of the serious offenses prescribed
by the Student Code of Conduct and Discipline of FEATI
5. Students who without justifiable reason as determined
by the COMELEC, did not cast their vote in the preceding
6. Students graduating or expecting to graduate in the
1st semester of the school year; and
7. Students who are members of outlawed or subversive
TENURE OF OFFICE/VACANCIES
Section 1. The members of the FUSSC and the DSC shall
hold office for one (1) year counted from the date of their
induction into office or until their successors shall have
been duly elected, qualified and inducted into office, with
right of re-election only for another term.
Section 2. If a permanent vacancy occurs in the office
of the President at any time during his term of office,
the Vice President shall become the President.
Section 3. If the vacancy is only temporary, the Vice President
shall only act as President until the President resumes
Section 4. If the offices of the President and Vice president
simultaneously become vacant and the vacancy occurs before
the middle part of the second semester, a special election
under the direct supervision of the COMELEC shall be held
within two weeks from the date of the vacancy to elect the
successors. Those elected shall serve only the unexpired
portion of the term.
Section 5. If the permanent vacancy mentioned in the immediately
preceding section shall take place between the middle part
of the second semester and the end of the ensuing summer
session, the FUSSC shall elect from the representative-members
of the council the Acting President and Acting Vice President.
The COMELEC shall supervise the election and those elected
shall serve only the unexpired portion of the term.
Section 6. If at anytime during the one year tenure of
office a permanent vacancy occurs in any office in the FUSSC
or DSC, the President of the FUSSC shall appoint the successor
who shall be designated by the political party to which
the replaced officer belongs but if this should not be possible,
the president of the FUSSC shall appoint as the successor
the candidate for that same position who garnered the next
highest number of votes in the election.
Section 1. The FUSSC and the DSC shall meet regularly
at least once every week.
Section 2. Special meetings may be called from time to
time by the FUSSC President or by the DSC President, as
the case may be, to take up matters outside the agenda of
the regular meetings.
Section 3. Special meetings may also be called, as the
case may be, upon the written request of at least 12 members
of the FUSSC or at least 5 members in the case of the DSC.
T he request must specify the agenda of the special meeting
and the reasons therefor.
Section 4. The President of the FUSSC or the DSC as the
case maybe, shall preside over all of these meetings. The
secretary of either council shall likewise take and keep
the records of the proceedings in these meetings.
Section 5. A majority of the FUSSC or DSC, as the case
maybe, shall constitute a quorum to transact business. Except
as otherwise herein provided, a majority vote of the members
constituting a quorum is sufficient to arrive at a decision.
Section 6. If a quorum cannot be constituted the FUSSC
or DSC shall adjourn to compel the attendance of absent
members in such manner and under such penalties that they
RULES OR PROCEDURE
Section 1. The FUSSC and DSC may determine the rules of
their respective proceedings provided such rules shall not
be inconsistent with the generally accepted rules on parliamentary
Section 2. In the absence of such rules, the rules as provided
in the Robert's Rule of Order on parliamentary proceedings
ACCOUNTABILITY OF OFFICERS
Section 1. Any office in the FUSSC or DSC is a public
student trust. The officers holding them must at all times
be accountable to the students, serve them with utmost responsibility,
integrity, loyalty, efficiency and dedication to duty. They
should lead as good examples to their fellow students.
Section 2. Any member of the FUSSC or DSC maybe removed
or suspended from office by a vote of at least 2/3 of all
the members of the council concerned. The punishment is
without prejudice to any other disciplinary action as maybe
warranted under the rules and regulations of the university,
particularly the Student Code of Conduct and discipline.
Section 3. A member of the FUSSC or DSC who holds the position
of President, Chairman or any other position of equal rank
in any recognized student organization in the university
shall, to avoid conflict of interest, immediately resign
his/her position in said organization upon his/her induction
into office. The letter-resignation must be filed with the
FUSSC President or DSC President, as the case maybe. Violation
of this provision shall perpetually disqualify the members
from holding any office in the FUSSC or DSC.
Section 1. The funds of the FUSSC or COUNCIL FUND shall
come from the fees, called "COUNCIL FEE' paid by the students
during enrollment time. The Council Fee is Five Pesos and
Fifty Centavos (P5.50) per student. The Council Fee maybe
increased upon a Resolution approved by at least ¾ vote
of the FUSSC and approved by the President of the University.
Section 2. The Council Fund shall be apportioned between
the FUSSC and the various DSCs on the ratio of 70% for the
FUSSC and 30% for the DSC, the latter share to be computed
on the basis of the total enrollment of each course department
for each semester or summer as certified by the Registrar
of the University.
Section 3. The Council Fund shall be deposited in the name
and account of the FUSSC with a reputable commercial bank
easily accessible and most convenient, practicable and expenditious
to meet the needs of the FUSSC.
Section 4. No withdrawal from the account of the FUSSC
in the bank shall be made unless upon the joint signatures
of either the President or Treasurer of the FUSSC on one
hand and by the signature of either one of two representatives
to be designated by the President of the university on the
Section 5. No disbursement out of the Council Fund shall
be made unless supported by a written resolution duly approved
by at least a majority of the FUSSC or the DSC, as the case
maybe. Disbursements for a private purpose are strictly
prohibited. Those responsible for this kind of disbursement
shall be liable for expulsion from the council.
Section 6. The Honorarium provided, for in Section 4 of
Article VII thereof and all other expenses necessary in
and incidental to the holding of any election, referendum
or plebiscite under this constitution as well as expenses
necessary in and incidental to the normal and official activities
and operations of the FUSSC shall be charged against the
AUDITING OF FUNDS
Section 1. The Council Fund shall be audited by the Auditor
of the FUSSC jointly with and independent Auditor to be
designated by the Dean of the Institute of Business Administration
from among the students of that Institute. This auditor
must not be a candidate in the election or an active member
or officer of any political party, which participated in
Section 2. The funds of the DSC shall be audited by the
auditor of that department council jointly with an independent
auditor to be designated by the faculty adviser of that
department council from among the students of that course-department.
This auditor must not be a candidate in the election or
an active member or officer of any political party, which
participated in the election.
Section 3. The disbursements and expenditures of the FUSSC
and DSC shall be audited monthly at the end of each months
by the auditors concerned.
Section 4. There shall be no disbursements or expenditures
out of the Council Fund for the following month or months
unless the monthly audit requirement provided for in Section
2 above is complied with.
Section 5. Any FUSSC or DSC officers or members, who refuses
to have the accounts of the council audited as provided
for in Section 2 shall be expelled from the council and
be subject to disciplinary action for grave misconduct and/or
COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS
Section 1. There shall be an impartial and independent
Commission on Elections (COMELEC) composed of a Chairman
and four members.
Section 2. The Chairman shall be appointed by the President
of the university from one of the faculty members of the
university. Of the four members, two shall be instructors
appointed by the President of the university acceptable
to the FUSSC, while the remaining two shall be designated
by the FUSSC from among the students who are not actively
involved in the election or political exercise.
Section 3. The Chairman and Members shall serve for two
academic school year (including summer) unless they sooner
resign, remove for cause or are separated from the university
for any reason.
Section 4. Any permanent vacancy in the COMELEC shall be
filled in the same manner as provided in Section 2 of this
Section 5. The COMELEC shall have the following powers
a. Administer and enforce all rules and regulations relative
to the holding and the conduct of all elections, referends
b. Decide questions involving the qualifications and disqualifications
of candidates, decide election protests and counter-protests
and any other issue or matter relative to any election,
referendum and/or plebiscite;
c. Deputize any student and with the consent of the President
of the university, any employee or faculty member to help
in insuring a clean, orderly and honest elections or any
other electoral exercises; and,
d. Determine the rules of its proceedings for the effective
implementation of its powers and functions.
Section 6. Decisions of the COMELEC shall be final.
Section 1. This Constitution shall be known and hereby
referred to as the Constitution of the Student Government
of FEATI University (CSGFU).
Section 2. The office of the FUSSC shall be at the second
floor of the Science Building, FEATI University, Sta. Cruz,
Section 3. The seal of the FUSSC shall be circular in shape
and consists of a wheel, a torch in the center, a dove with
an olive branch, and two hands clasp together and shall
bear the acronym "FUSSC" in the middle. The wheel represents
the technological aspects or nature of FEATI University,
the torch represents the educational aspirations and enlightenment
of the students, the dove with the olive branch represents
the students' desire for peace within and without the university
campus, and the hands clasp together represents the desire
of the FUSSC for unity among all the sectors of the university.
Section 4. The motto of the FUSSC shall be "Education for
Unity, Service and Progress".
Section 1. Any amendment to this constitution maybe proposed
in writing by any student, group of students, a member or
group of members of the FUSSC or DSC.
Section 2. The FUSSC President shall create an Ad-Hoc Committee
out of the membership of the FUSSC and DSC to conduct public
hearings among the various sectors of the studentry on the
Section 3. If the findings and recommendations of the committee
show an overwhelming support for the amendments and the
FUSSC by a vote of at least 2/3 of all its members approve
it, then it becomes a part of this constitution.
Section 4. If the result of the public hearings conducted
by the Ad-Hoc Committee does not show a clear mandate of
rejection or approval of the proposed amendment/s and the
President of the university decides to submit said ratified
by at least majority of all students of the university becomes
part of this constitution.
Section 5. In any case no plebiscite regarding the ratification
of this constitution or for the amendment thereof shall
be held without prior consultation with and approval of
the president of the university.
Section 1. All assets of the previous FUSSC shall automatically
become the assets of the FUSSC under this constitution.
Section 2. The first election under this constitution shall
be held on the fourth Friday after the ratification of this
constitution in a plebiscite.
Section 3. Subsequent elections shall be held on the last
Friday of July of the 1st semester of the school year.
Section 4. The President of the university, upon petition
of the COMELEC may reset the date of the election. The petition
must state the reasons therefore, like fortuitous event,
force majeure, deterioration of peace and order or any other
similar cause that shall prevent or disrupt the holding
of a peaceful, orderly, honest and credible election.
Section 1. The FUSSC shall have two faculty advisers who
shall be appointed by the President of the university from
a list of at least five faculty members who are mutually
acceptable to him and to the FUSSC.
Section 2. The Adviser of the DSC shall be the head of
the course department. The DSC Adviser may designate as
his assistant any of his faculty members in the department.
Section 1. The provisions of the Rules, Regulations and
Guidelines creating the present FUSSC as embodied in the
FEATI Student Handbook, which are inconsistent with the
provisions of this constitution, are hereby repealed.
Section 1. This constitution shall take effect immediately
upon its approval by the President of the university concurrently
with the approval of at least 2/3 of all the current membership
of the FUSSC of if after consultation with the President
of the university is submitted in a plebiscite and ratified
by at least a majority of all the students of FEATI University.
|FEATI University, Manila, May 2, 1987.