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Students’ right to sue their schools sparks concern

By Flora Wang  /  Staff Reporter

The president of the nation’s top university yesterday expressed concern about potential tension between schools and students following a decision handed down by the Council of Grand Justices ruling in favor of granting students the right to file lawsuits against school decisions.

“I believe this [the council’s -interpretation] will result in tension between schools and students,” National Taiwan University (NTU) president Lee Si-chen (李嗣涔) said when asked for comment.

“Students may even file a lawsuit when they are unhappy with their grades,” Lee said. “We will avoid potential lawsuits by amending the school’s regulations.”

The council on Monday issued a constitutional interpretation supporting students’ rights to pursue administrative lawsuits if they are dissatisfied with a school’s ruling.

At present, college students can only file administrative suits against their schools if they are expelled or receive similarly harsh discipline.

The council ruled on Monday that college students’ right to file an administrative suit should not be restricted and that they should be able to file an administrative suit against any school ruling.

The interpretation only applies to university students or graduate students. Elementary, junior high and senior high school students will not be allowed to file administrative lawsuits to challenge school rulings.

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