轉載 | 香港大學學生會聯院會聲明
As the representatives of all undergraduates of ten faculties in the University of Hong Kong, we have always seen academic freedom and institutional autonomy as the bedrock of success of our University.
In the past few months, we have strived to uphold these core values through various actions. Yet, when petitions, sit-in protests and rallies could no longer provoke any direct responses from the HKU Council regarding students’ demands, students were forced to resort to sieging the Council Chamber in a final bid to open up a dialogue with the Council members. To our dismay, despite oppositions from the community and students, the Council yet repeatedly deferred the appointment of the Vice-President and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Staffing and Resources) due to incomprehensible reasons. The Council has recently further postponed the appointment process based on an absurd reason that they need to wait until the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor assumes his post.
The lack of proper justification is an undue political interference against institutional autonomy, which must be utterly rejected in any civilised society. When a Council member could scurry behind the protection of the regime to evade being held accountable and lash back in an accusation of being the victim, the University Ordinance itself countenances the bane of eroding academic freedom. In light of all these outrageous events, we hereby express our strong condemnation, and demand the following:
1. The Council shall deal with the appointment of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Staffing and Resources) in no time;
2. The Council shall establish the Working Group for formulating amendments concerning the composition of the HKU Council, with the aim of increasing the proportion of teacher and student representatives;
3. The Chancellor not only holds decisive power over the candidate selection for Honours Degree and the appointment of the Council members, but also possesses the authority to add, amend or repeal the Council’s recommendations to the statute. Therefore, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong should not be the Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong.
In face of such injustice, it is our responsibility to exercise resistance and uphold our intransigence over guarding our University against the political power’s transgression of academic freedom. Success in reforming the system of injustice may not come with our first trial; nevertheless, with unity in our actions and demands, we will eventually restore our University of Hong Kong to its rightful place.
Architectural Society, HKUSU
Arts Association, HKUSU
Business and Economics Association, HKUSU
Dental Society, HKUSU
Education Society, HKUSU, Session 2015-2016
Engineering Society, HKUSU
Law Association, HKUSU
Medical Society, HKUSU
Science Society, HKUSU
Social Sciences Society, HKUSU