UAdeC University Council Approves Ethics and Conduct Regulations

Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila´s Honourable University Council approved in Special Session the Ethics and Conduct Code with a majority of 259 votes in favour, 3 votes against and 6 abstentions. The Ethics and Conduct rules will regulate possible misconduct committed by any member of the university community, clearly establishing the process to follow for their assessment, as well as possible sanctions, guaranteeing at all times the rights of university students and seeking harmonious coexistence.

Salvador Hernández Vélez, our President and our Secretary General, Miguel Angel Rodríguez Calderón, presided with a legal quorum of 302 counselors of 321. During the session, the following items were approved: Elections under a remote, virtual and face-to face mixed scheme, the General Regulations of Postgraduate Studies, Educational Programs with Modality of Distance Education, the Research Center in Applied Mathematics and the agreement for the Directorate General of University Higher Education to begin the process of reviewing the financial situation of our University.

In his message, our President, Salvador Hernández Vélez, said that universities in Mexico must face various problems currently, so UAdeC takes the path of joining forces, collectively thinking about the best options and working so that these problems do not stop our institution´s progress.

He added that to create the UAdeC Ethics and Conduct Code, several proposals were received and incorporated from various members of the university community who enriched the project with their ideas. “Our policy was to include all the proposals we received, even those that came to us yesterday or a few moments ago in the Standing Committee on Regulations, were incorporated into the project.”

Ethics and Conduct Regulations

Hillary Nahuat Martínez, student and member of the Standing Committee on Regulations presented UAdeC´s Ethics and Conduct Code. She stated that the Code is fundamental for the internal life of the University, since it broadens the scope of protection for students, faculty, administrative and manual staff. It clearly indicates the faults that can be committed, the procedure to be followed, the responsible authority in each case, the sanctions that can be applied, as well as the criteria for determining these.

“This Code fills the existing gaps in university legislation, since most of the offenses that are contemplated today were not found in any regulation so far. To give some examples, behaviors such as plagiarism, academic dishonesty, introducing weapons in university campuses, property damage to members of the university community, the sale of intoxicating beverages, among many other behaviors that do not contribute to generating adequate training and an environment of respect among university students,” She said.

She highlighted that in recent days, even until today in the morning, the Ethics and Conduct Code Draft considered the proposals of counselors from different schools and faculties. There were also observations of the University Human Rights Defender, Magda Yadira Robles Garza as well as from members of the university community, who served to strengthen the project, especially to give greater support to respect for due process and the protection of rights.

For her part, the Vice President of the Office for University Human Rights, Magda Yadira Robles Garza, during her speech, pointed out three aspects that she highlighted are relevant to our University´s Ethics and Conduct Code:

1. Human rights in their conception and argumentation are historically born from the appreciation and consensus to certain values that the community considers valuable to protect, such as freedom, equality and non-discrimination, human dignity, tolerance and respect.

2. The instrument that university communities have used for the preservation, protection and dissemination of these values has been known as Ethics Regulations, Codes of Ethics, Ethics and Conduct, among the most common terms.

3. At the Office for University Human Rights, we have revised the Ethics and Conduct Code. We note that it has been read, reviewed and analyzed by the Human Rights team. In this regard, we have sent a group of urgent comments and appeals for amendment, to the relevant authorities considering that some aspects for the preservation of the human rights of the university community had to be corrected.

Elections Under a Mixed Remote, Virtual and Face-to-Face Scheme

The Special Session of the Honorable University Council held today approved the request for schools and faculties of the three Regional Campuses of our University

to carry out the Development of Elections under a Mixed Remote, Virtual and Face-to-Face Scheme. This measure applies not only for the head of campuses, but also for other authorities such as the Board of Directors and University Council. The processes under the use of a remote system must be specified in the call issued by the board of directors and will establish the rules for the development of campaigns through virtual means.

The application for the election of the University Council by Regional Campus and for the election of Vice President, and directors for the School of Psychology, Faculty of Administration and Accounting, School of Systems, Higher School of Engineering, School of Accounting and High School Dr. and Gral. Jaime Lozano Benavides were proposals from our Norte Regional Campus.

Our Torreón Regional Campus, submitted proposals for elections of the Faculty of Accounting and Administration, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Economics and Marketing, Faculty of Dentistry, School of Political and Social Sciences and High School of Aguanueva.

While Saltillo Regional Campus submitted on behalf of the Faculty of Law, Music School, Ateneo Fuente High School, Instituto de Ciencias y Humanidades “Salvador González Lobo” High School, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Social Work.

In his speech the director of our Systems School in Torreon, Mario Antonio Hernández Villegas, stated that the University is committed to the austerity plan and by resorting to mixed and face-to-face virtual voting, we contribute to savings avoiding unnecessary costs of travel and food, as well as caring for the environment since there are less stationery and expenses.

“It is a way to take care of the university’s resources, in addition, many people can be connected simultaneously and the student community in turn can track progress through social media transmissions. It improves the monitoring of agreements made since we previously have the documents to be processed and in advance we can analyze them for decision-making through virtual voting,” He said.

General Regulations on Postgraduate Studies

On the other hand, the update and amendment of the General Regulations on Postgraduate Studies was approved by a majority vote. This initiative was presented by the Vice President of Research and Postgraduate, Dr. Cristóbal Noé Aguilar, who noted that the main purpose is to offer postgraduate programs with social equity in accordance with the country’s educational policies and international trends. Also to incentivize scientific and technological research, advancing the frontiers of knowledge, with a long-term vision, guided by national and international quality benchmarks.

The reform of the regulation brings the creating of the figure of the General Graduate Committee, which will be responsible for harmonizing and synchronizing postgraduate issues in the directions of research and postgraduate, planning and research and postgraduate studies. It clearly establishes the possibility of implementing programs derived from agreements with companies and government agencies. It allows the implementation of new interdepartmental postgraduate programs, linked to the social and private sector and meets the new requirements of CONACYT.

Regulations for Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila´s Educational Programs with Distance Education Mode

Furthermore, the Regulation for Educational Programs with Distance Education Modality was approved. Félix Ibarra Linares, the Vice President of Distance Education, presented it. He pointed out that the regulation aims to ensure that the programs our University offers online today and those offered in the future have an adequate regulatory framework , which will foresee their operation since its creation.

The regulation provides clear rules for the registration and implementation of new distance education programs, it ensures the quality of online programs by unifying practices and procedures, as well as diversifies and expands the academic offer in a planned, strategic and organized manner and unifies standards of academic quality and evaluation.

On the other hand, it regulates the student’s trajectory by unifying leave, revalidation and recognition of studies criteria, in addition to the fulfillment of social service, professional practices and the curriculum, it clearly establishes the rules of blended, face-to-face and virtual programs.

Regulations of the Research Center for Applied Mathematics

The Regulation of the CIMA, Research Center for Applied Mathematics, was unanimously approved and presented by its director, Irma Delia García Calvillo, who stated that the regulation seeks to define the organization and operation of CIMA. It focuses in distributing areas of competence and responsibilities among its authorities, officials and decision-making bodies, contemplating its objectives and the rules for the development of its research activities.

The regulation seeks to provide CIMA with adequate rules that allow it to fully develop its research and teaching activities, it provides for the responsibilities and powers of all CIMA decision-making authorities and bodies and establishes the rules of internal functioning of the Centre. In addition, it clarifies its objectives and functions, organizes research activities within the center, and it introduces the figures of the Academy of Researchers and the Assembly of Researchers.

Agreement for the General Directorate of University Higher Education to Start the Financial Situation Review Process of the Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila

Finally, the agreement was put to the vote for the General Directorate of University Higher Education to initiate the Financial Situation Review Process of Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila, this agenda item was approved by a majority and presented by the treasurer, Jorge Alanís Canales.

He stated that by allowing the review of the University’s finances, funds were sought to comply with the institution’s obligations, because since 2018 the Chamber of Deputies had not allocated resources to heading U081, which was the one that helped universities with pension resources.

He highlighted the following points to be carried out:

1. Manage and deliver an agreement with the University Council, through which it requests the General Directorate of University Higher Education to begin this process.

2. The Rector shall present a preliminary diagnosis of the financial situation of the University, with the intention of sharing the main problems from an internal perspective

3. From the document in point 2, the Technical Committee shall provide a guide for the University to deepen its analysis and present its self-diagnosis by showing the evidence supporting it

At the closing of the session, our President, Salvador Hernández Vélez, thanked all the university counselors for their participation and commented that all these rules and regulations shall be of great use to Campus life.