Office for Student Affairs
Office for Student Affairs
The Office for Student Affairs takes charge of the campus life of the students, their welfare and discipline, and dormitory facilities. As such, it guides and supervises the recognized student organizations, the student councils, the COMELECs; and conducts capability-building seminars for the organization advisers. The OSA looks into all student-initiated and student-related activities.
The Office for Student Affairs, as hearth and home of student life, envisions herself to be a paragon of excellence in holistic student development.
The Office for Student Affairs is committed to the Vision-Mission of the University of Santo Tomas, through policies, programs, and services, oriented towards the integral formation and welfare of Thomasian students.
The University of Santo Tomas, in pursuit of truth, guided by reason and illumined by faith, dedicates herself to the generation, advancement and transmission of knowledge to form competent and compassionate professionals committed to the service of the Church, the nation, and the global community.
I am a Thomasian. I carry the SEAL of Thomasian education. I am a Servant leader, an Effective communicator and collaborator, an Analytical and creative thinker, and a Lifelong learner. With Christ at the center of my formation as a Thomasian, I am expected to demonstrate the following Thomasian Graduate Attributes (ThoGAs):
— Show leadership abilities to promote advocacies for life, freedom, justice, and solidarity in the service of the family, the local and global communities, the Church and the environment.
— Implement relevant projects and activities that speak of Christian compassion to the poor and the marginalized in order to raise their quality of life
— Show respect for the human person, regardless of race, religion, age, and gender
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR AND COLLABORATOR
— Express myself clearly, correctly, and confidently in various environments, contexts, and technologies of human interaction
— Work productively with individuals or groups from diverse cultures and demographics
— Show profound respect for individual differences and/or uniqueness as members of God’s creation
ANALYTICAL AND CREATIVE THINKER
— Show judiciousness and resourcefulness in making personal and professional decisions
— Engage in research undertakings that respond to societal issues
— Express personal and professional insights through an ethical and evidence-based approach
— Engage in reflective practice to ensure disciplinal relevance and professional development
— Exhibit preparedness and interest for continuous upgrading of competencies required by the profession or area of specialization
— Manifest fidelity to the teachings of Christ, mediated by the Catholic Church, in the continuous deepening of faith and spirituality in dealing with new life situations and challenges
As part of the University’s mission to contribute to the formation of a progressive and humane society, the University of Santo Tomas offers a comprehensive scholarship program categorized into four (4) schemes:
SANTO TOMAS SCHOLARSHIP (Academic Scholarship)
This scholarship, named after the Patron Saint of the University, is given to students with excellent academic performance.
SAN MARTIN DE PORRES SCHOLARSHIP (Equity Scholarship)
This scholarship, named after the Dominican Patron Saint of the poor, is extended to deserving students in need of financial assistance. The approval of this scholarship is subject to the availability of funds/ slot/s per faculty/college.
San Martin – Internal Scholarships
- Sta. Rosa de Lima Fund (for Freshmen/Grade 11)
- San Juan Macias Fund (for Higher years/Grade 12)
San Martin – External Scholarships are given by foundations and benefactors with limited slots to deserving students in selected faculties/colleges.
SANTO DOMINGO DE GUZMAN SCHOLARSHIP (Scholarship for the Gifted)
This scholarship, named after the Founder of the Order of Preachers, is given to students who excel in arts, music and sports. For Junior and Senior High School, only athletes may qualify for Santo Domingo Scholarship.
SAN LORENZO RUIZ SCHOLARSHIP (Student Assistance Scholarship)
This scholarship is given to students who are in need of financial assistance and who are willing to render assistance for 20 to 30 hours per week in the University. The approval of this scholarship is subject to the availability of slot/s or fund/s per faculty/college/department.
The Student Organizations Coordinating Council (SOCC) is the umbrella organization of all recognized college-based and university- wide organizations in the University of Santo Tomas.
It aspires to represent each organization by uniting and supporting all student-centered activities and consistently extending assistance to the needs of its components. With dedication to the University’s 3C’s, Compassion, Competence and Commitment, the SOCC tries its best to cater to all the extracurricular as well as co-curricular interests of all the students by providing avenues that help develop their personalities, talents and skills with the aid of various student organizations and academic societies with which they are affiliated.
The SOCC envisions itself to be a potent instrument for the continuous development and innovation of students in view of the consistent demands of an ever changing academic environment and society. The SOCC’s mission is to promote genuine student involvement, create a healthy as well as supportive relationship among organizations in the University, and encourage substantial participation from students through different programs and activities that would ensure their growth and development as Thomasians.
The Assistant Director of the Office for Student Affairs serves as the ex-officio adviser of the SOCC. A co-adviser may be appointed by the OSA Director.
The Central Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is one of the university-wide student bodies created under the UST Government Constitution. It is a collegial body composed of student-representatives from faculties, colleges, institutes, schools with a local student council.
The principal goal of the COMELEC is to determine the true will of the electorate in choosing their student leaders for the Local Student Councils and the Central Student Council, and likewise to settle election issues and controversies. In all its activities and processes, the COMELEC following the dictate of conscience and the pursuit of truth , shall always consider the protection of the rights of students as voter, as candidate of a particular political party, as member of a political party, with utmost regard with more fundamental right to study.
It performs three important functions: executive, quasi-legislative, and quasi-judicial.
The CENTRAL COMELEC is made up of:
the Executive Board, composed of the chairperson, the vice-chairperson, and heads of the
the COMELEC Chamber, composed of all the chairpersons of the various local
the COMELEC En Banc, composed of the local COMELEC student representatives from the different Faculties/Colleges/Institutes/Schools.
The Executive Board and COMELEC Chamber conduct the electoral activities, enforce and execute the laws, policies and regulations regarding elections.
The COMELEC En-Banc acts as the policy-making body of the COMELEC and is in charge of the formulation of procedures, rules and regulations pertinent to the implementation of all election laws. In certain cases the COMELEC En Banc also acts as the Central Adjudicatory Board, with quasi- judicial functions as an election tribunal for settling electoral issues and controversies, and as an appellate body for the review of decisions made by the local COMELEC.
The Office for the Student Affairs shall assign an adviser for the COMELEC. Otherwise, the legal consultant of the Office for Student Affairs shall be the ex-officio adviser for the Central COMELEC (USEC, 2011).
The Student Formators
Asst. Prof. Maria Cecilia A. Tio Cuison, MEd
Mr. Roberto B. Evangelista
Head of Special Services / Supervisor
Ms. Angelica Rae P. Guazon
Ms. Jeleanor Karla L. Abellanosa
Ms. Arabel Ada E. Arquiza, CSAS
Mr. Miguel Paulo B. Garcia
Events and Evaluation
Mr. Harold E. Ilano
Ms. Thelma S. Maraña, CSAS
Mr. Mikhail Albert A. Minlay
Ms. Princess Aizel G. Rosales
San Lorenzo Ruiz Working Scholarships
Ms. Mari-Len M. Tuangco
Financials and Properties
The Student Welfare and Development Coordinators
The Student Welfare and Development Coordinator serves as the enforcement arm of the Office for Student Affairs (OSA) in his / her Faculty/College/Institute/School, in terms of: (1) maintaining order and discipline, preventing offenses, investigating student violations of University rules and policies as provided in the Student Handbook or other laws ; (2) monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities of Student Organizations; and (3) ensuring the safety, security, welfare and development of students.
ACCOUNTANCY, College of
ARCHITECTURE, College of
ARTS AND LETTERS, Faculty of
CIVIL LAW, Faculty of
COMMERCE AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, College of
ECCLESIASTICAL FACULTIES (Canon Law, Philosophy, and Sacred Theology)
ENGINEERING, Faculty of
FINE ARTS AND DESIGN, College of
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF LAW
MEDICINE AND SURGERY, Faculty of
MUSIC, Conservatory of
NURSING, College of
PHARMACY, Faculty of
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND ATHLETICS, Institute of
REHABILITATION SCIENCES, College of
SCIENCE, College of
TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY MAANGEMENT, College of
SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Grade 11)
SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Grade 12)
Student Organizations (Office for Student Affairs)
1938 – Rector Fr. Silvestre Sancho, O.P. created the Office of the Dean of Women, with Dr. Consuelo Belmonte as the first incumbent.
2006 – The Tan Yan Kee Student Center was constructed on a portion of the site previously occupied by the monuments of the Nine Martyrs. This marked the first time an edifice was constructed solely for student services and the organizations.
Assistant to the Rector for Student Affairs (2010-2014)