All enrolled students are requested to read the student handbook that can be downloaded from their MyUSTe student portal (https://myuste.ust.edu.ph/student/). Important areas of consideration are as follows:
The University, in accordance with its Catholic & Dominican teachings, puts a high premium on the practice of honesty, the act of truth-telling, truth-seeking, truth-doing. Consequently, any act of dishonesty should be avoided. Acts of dishonesty may be sanctioned depending on the gravity of the case, even to the extent of dismissal or expulsion.
Courtesy is an act of respect towards another, in recognition of fundamental human dignity. Courtesy is a sign of one’s maturity. Its observance creates a climate of goodwill and fellowship. Thomasian students must, at all times, be courteous and respectful of others, most especially the guards-on-duty when they are approached for improper grooming.
Thomasian students give honor to their family and to the University by being diligent in their studies. They should have a natural thirst for knowledge and view their attendance in the University as an opportunity to learn and improve themselves.
Thus, the student must:
a. Be punctual
b. Be present in their classes and participate in school-sanctioned activities (cutting classes can be sanctioned & can be considered violation of this policy provision)
c. Be prepared for their lessons, homework, and examinations given.
d. Students are only allowed up to 10 hours of absences for the whole semester for each course/subject. Excused absences and absences due to sickness are also included in the 10 hours allowable absences.
- FA = failure due to absences; a student who incurs more than 10 allowable absences and has taken the preliminary exam but shall not be allowed to take the final exams
- WF = grade that is given to a student who stops attending classes before the preliminary examinations (did not take the prelim exams) without officially dropping the course/subject.
- WP = grade given to a student who stops attending classes after officially dropping the course/subject.
4. Good Grooming
Good grooming includes the wearing of the prescribed college uniform, the authorized shoes, the ID, the male haircut and other considerations that are similar to these. There are two (2) types of uniform for the College. Type A uniforms are worn starting the First Term up to Ash Wednesday. Type B uniforms are worn after Ash Wednesday up to the end of the Special Term.
Note: Unless otherwise allowed through a written permission by the administrators (Dean/Asst. Dean), all students must wear the proper uniform at all times within the University premises.
5. Decency & Modesty in Action
Thomasian students must, at all times, act with proper decorum and etiquette. Engaging in indecent or lewd conduct is contrary to the mores of Catholic behavior and morality.
- Special Item: In case of pregnancy out of wedlock
- The University upholds the sanctity of human life, as well as the sanctity of the conjugal act within marriage. However, in the event that an unmarried student gets pregnant, she is encouraged to inform and seek the help of the SWDB Coordinator or the Guidance Counselor.
- The University, through the collaboration of the Regent, the Health Service Director, SWDB Coordinator, Guidance Counsellor, and the student’s parents, shall accompany the student through spiritual direction, medical assistance and guidance counselling.
- To give the student adequate time and space to prepare for the important responsibility of single parenthood and, secondarily, to avoid the possibility of offending the moral sensibility of students, parents, and the university community on account of her irregular status, a pregnant student shall then take a Mandatory Leave of Absence from the University upon public disclosure, whether deliberate
6. Maintenance of Peace & Order
The University upholds and protects peace & order within its community. Members of the Thomasian community are expected to give due regard to the rules and regulations formulated and implemented by the University authorities to ensure that peace & order may prevail.
Thomasian students who impede, obstruct, prevent or defeat the right and obligation of a teacher or professor to teach his/her subject, or the right to attend his classes or any official activity shall be subject to disciplinary action.
*REMINDER: Physical Examination is a must since a Medical Clearance is a requirement for all off-campus activities (co-curricular & extra-curricular) as mandated by the Commission of Higher Education.
The University recognizes the role of molding Thomasian students as well-rounded social beings by encouraging formation and membership in organizations that advocate positive values and self-improvement. Hence, only student organizations whose objectives uphold the mission and goals of the University may be formed and recognized.
Students are advised to join only duly recognized student organizations either college-based or university-wide level to avoid being a victim of hazing.
8. Care for the Environment
The task of caring for and of maintaining a clean campus belongs not only to the University Administration, but also to the community. A clean, smoke-free and well-kept environment benefits everyone. Hence, Thomasian students are encouraged to actively participate in keeping the campus clean and in preventing pollution or other environmental degradation.
Environmental degradation may result from:
a. Smoking (the whole University is a NON-SMOKING AREA)
b. Littering and improper solid waste disposal (the St. Raymund de Peñafort Building is a styro-free building)
c. Smoke-belching vehicles, or leaving the car engine on while parked inside the University premises
d. Playing of car stereo with the use of bass amplifiers/boosters at a high volume; and
e. Similar situations deemed detrimental to the environment