Vanguard Student Unification Alliance Calls for Reconsideration of William V.S. Tubman University’s Tuition Policy.

From Christian Appleton, GNN Maryland Correspondent |

The Vanguard Student Unification Alliance (SUA), a campus-based political party at William V.S. Tubman University, has issued a strong call for the reconsideration of the university’s recently enacted tuition policy. In a press release presented by SUA Chairman Paul P. K. Juju Blayon and Secretary Jefferson Wah on June 2, 2024, the organization vowed to remain a steadfast advocate for social justice and academic freedom, addressing the critical issues facing the students of Tubman University and the wider community.

The new tuition policy, announced by the university administration on May 1, 2024, has raised significant concerns among students and their families. Under the policy, students must meet all academic and financial obligations from the preceding semester before enrolling in the next semester or vacation school. Additionally, the payment schedule requires students to pay 40% of their fees at registration, 30% at midterm, and the remaining 30% at final exams. While scholarship recipients are exempted from these requirements during regular semesters, they must make full payment for vacation school enrollment.

SUA emphasized that the policy’s stringent financial demands are particularly challenging for students from low-income backgrounds. The alliance urged the administration of William V.S. Tubman University to reconsider the policy, taking into account the economic hardships faced by many students and their families. They proposed exploring alternative revenue generation methods that do not place undue financial burdens on students.

“Education is a fundamental human right, and it is imperative that government-owned institutions like Tubman University uphold accessibility and affordability for all students, irrespective of their economic circumstances,” SUA stated in their release.

The alliance reaffirmed its commitment to advocating for the rights and well-being of students and the wider community. “We stand united in our pursuit of social justice, academic freedom, and equitable development,” they declared.

In response to the policy’s implementation, the university administration, led by Dr. Olu Q. Manjay, argued that the new measures are intended to enhance academic integrity, encourage responsible student behavior, and ensure efficient resource management. “We believe that this decision will lead to a more organized and efficient academic environment while maintaining the standard of excellence and accountability that define our institution. We appreciate your endeavor and support as we implement this change,” the administration stated.

As the debate over the tuition policy continues, the Vanguard Student Unification Alliance remains determined to champion the cause of accessible and affordable education for all students at William V.S. Tubman University.

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