‘Occupied president’s office” In 2007 April
12, there was an event that Chung-Ang University president’s office was occupied
by the Student Body council. Before the event, the Chung-Ang University Student
Body council demanded to make a compromise on increased registration fee.
However, the president continued to delay the compromise. Therefore, Chung-Ang
University Student Body council finally decided to occupied president’s office.
They prohibited coming in and going out of the office for all people except for
Chung-Ang University students and are still waiting for the compromise.
In 1970s , between the university administration
and students, many troubles happened. Those troubles were not about increasing
registration fee. Those were about lack of self-student’s space, lack of
professors, safety insensibility, and developing university. Many students
started student movements to solve those problems and University was opposed to
the student movements.
Student movement means that study and free of
investigation, University and the basis movement that pursue
self-government of students, unfold organic criticism· fighting about step and
University student movement started in Europe during developing
capitalism and being modern society. Government needed many men who wave
abilities to lead the society because the society was keep changed
complicatedly. Therefore, government established Universities and students
formed a new social stratum. They entered the stage of starting a fight against
absolutism and took charge of powerful part in the society. In Korea, first
student movement started in 1919, Japan. This student movement was called 2 · 8
Declaration of Independence. 3 · 1movement, Gwang-ju student movement (1929), 4
· 19 revolution (1960) are also representative student movement.
The object of the student movement in
the past time was accomplishing democracy and challenged rotten political power.
Therefore, a form of student movement used to contain violence. The object of
the student movement in the present days is similar with past days. However,
object of the present student movement has been changed to draw out self-right.
Thus, form of student movement is more individualized and makes much account on
A student movement against
the university administration occurred in Chung-Ang University recently.
Last March, new building that called ‘law building’ was constructed at Chung-Ang
University bade gate. This building was used for students in Chung-Ang
University. However, school over the transom offered building space to
college of law inducing the Law-school. Therefore, college of business
administration, college of political science & economics, college of
performance & visual media that were used same building with college of law
don’t have enough self- government space. Students of 3 colleges demanded their
self- government space. Nonetheless, the University Administration refused their
demand and didn’t present different solution. The University Administration
wants to hush up to pass this problem, but students of 3 colleges made an effort
for their rights. The Student Body Council started to inform unfairly policy of
the University Administration and gathered many students who want to get back
their rights. They also progress a signature-seeking campaign and arbitrate
negotiation with the University Administration.
Students of Arts &
crafts, College of art, Chung-Ang University An-seong Campus has had no major
professors for 5 years. They demanded reassigning new major professor to the
University Administration. Nevertheless, the University Administration
disregarded their demand and has not reassigned new major professor. Thus, the
students started a signature-seeking campaign in anseong Campus.
increasing registration fee happened every school term. In addition, this time,
the student body council’s reaction was occupying the president’s office
situation. The Student Body Council demanded freezing registration fee and
attempted to talk with the President of Chung-Ang University. They spent their
time living in President’s office. Moreover, President and Vice-President of the
Student Body Council went on a hunger strike. A lot of students visited the
president’s office and talked with executives of Student Body Council about the
registration fee problem. They concerned about health of Student Body Council
President and Vice-President.
But many students badly saw this time decision
that occupied president’s office of Student Body Council. Follow to question
irradiation, the first and second grade students have positive ideas about the
occupying the president’s office and want to participate the student movement.
However, they do not know well what the student movement is. The third and
fourth grade student have negative point of view on this situation. They think
occupying the president’s office is very an extreme reaction. If the event,
occupying the president’s office, is known by the public, prestige of the Chung
Ang University could be lost and social understanding about the event would be
The first and the second grade students and the third and fourth
grade students also had different idea about what kind of problems should
student movements involve in. While the freshmen and sophomores think
increasing registration fee is the most serious problem, juniors and seniors
think developing the Chung Ang University is the most necessary part that
student movement should involve in. They want to take more effective
lectures. They want the support from the university to help seeking
employment- the ability of professors, experience of study or training in
foreign countries, a letter of recommendation, and others.
As we saw above,
all students in Chung-Ang University don’t have same opinion. We can aware the
situation not only from the result of survey, but also with student’s comments
in a wall poster. The Student Body Council attached a wall poster about
occupying the president’s office to inform reasons in law building. The Student
Body Council wrote that they wanted to freeze registration fee and discuss with
the president about it. There was also information about the situation at that
time and justice of occupying the president’s office. Many students wrote
comment in the wall poster. However, content was mostly about occupying
president’ office was violent. The comments criticized an action of Student Body
“Why do students like this extreme decision? Isn’t there any
Similar frictions appeared not only in Our Chung-Ang University,
but also in other universities. However, many universities presented different
solution from ours. Many University’ Student Body Councils were against unfit
increasing registration fee, but they didn’t insist a form of drastic fighting.
Drastic fighting such as occupying the president’s office or closing the
executive office cause negative public opinion and distrust between students and
university administration. Therefore, negotiation of the registration fee was
failed to reach the agreement.
Now, there are various ways of the
registration fee negotiation with many Universities. Recently, The Dong-duk
Women University decided to freeze registration fee by the Registration
Appropriation Committee. Furthermore, The University administration opened
financial data to the public because the student representative demanded to
do. Kyung-hee University’s Vice-President also formed the Registration
Appropriation Committee and managed it. He said “we think that best solution is
solved with conference. Our Student Body Council must present rationalistic
solutions in registration appropriation committee about plan of registration fee
that school presented.” Yon-sei University’s Student Body Council
requested to parents of students. They sent letters which were written with
contents of decreasing registration fee.
Seoul National University’s student
President of college informed that put in operation ‘Registration democracy
payment’. He said that the present registration fee was appropriated by false
and paid in part registration fee would pay in part after enough discussing .
Bu-san University’s student president also said that their University students
didn’t recognize increased registration fee with the board of directors and the
University Main Office faculties, and they will not because registration fee was
controlled by the Student Body Council.
Our Chung-Ang University must
solve the problem by peaceful way like those universities. Occupying president’
office is not good to be seen by public and only hurt each others’ feeling. The
University Administration should not disregard students’ opinion and
participates with students by groping conferences about the argument. In the
mean while, most of University’s financial situation is different with other
universities. Thus, we do not similarly accompany other University’s instance
and must adjust situation of our university and students’
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