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70% of universities ignore student rights: survey

TAIPEI -- Seventy percent of universities included in a nationwide student rights evaluation received failing scores, reflecting a general disregard for student rights in Taiwan, according to a panel of students who conducted the survey released yesterday.

The evaluation, conducted among 65 universities around Taiwan, rated National Chung Cheng University (CCU) best in terms of protecting student rights, with a score of 82.71. Tatung University received the lowest rating of 21.29.

National Taiwan University (NTU) — the country's most distinguished academic institute — only ranked 13th, with a rating of 62.65.

The evaluation was carried out by a panel of students from NTU, National Sun Yat sen University, Chang Gung University, National Taiwan Normal University and National Kaohsiung Normal University.

Rounding out the top five after CCU were Nanhua University, National Chi Nan University, National Dong Hwa University and Kaohsiung Medical University.

Besides Tatung University, others ranking in the bottom five were I-Shou University, Huafan University, Asia University, and National University of Tainan.

The results revealed that 57 percent of universities forbid students from organizing assemblies or parades, and 38 percent have a system for penalizing those who encourage student movements or protest activities.

The panel used 26 criteria to rate the universities, including whether the schools lock their gates at night to prevent students from entering or exiting, strictness of dormitory regulations, gender equality and freedom of speech.

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