CBS Students strongly supports the criticism and protest raised by the 150 students from the BSc in Business Administration and Project Management (HA Pro) and BSc in Business Administration and Information Systems (HA it) programs who heard last week that their exams – held on January 10 – were void due to an administrative error. Consequently, all the students must retake the exam on January 28.
So far, 200 students have signed a letter of complaint against the decision.
“The students have taken the initiative themselves and done an excellent job gathering support for their protest. CBS Students wants to help their efforts along. We hope to help draw attention to the situation and, through that, gain more support and help for the protest. CBS needs to realize how many people oppose the decision to void the exams,” says Mikkel August Wallind, president of CBS Students.
In a statement, CBS Students criticizes CBS for not involving the “elected representatives in a matter directly related to their program” and says “It is a shame that no standard for student wellbeing considered.” The statement also refers to the current general relationship between CBS management and the students, saying: “The students’ trust in CBS’ management and the institution is shaky as it stands.”
Mistrust among students
According to Mikkel August Wallind, the voided exams add to the mistrust among students, also expressed recently by the Student Rebellion.
“We want to work together with CBS to get the students the best possible study environment, but it is not for the good of the students that CBS has chosen to send them all to retake the exam. This is not the first time CBS has made a major decision that sidelines the students and representatives. CBS acts on our behalf, but does not involve us,” says Mikkel August Wallind.
He strongly criticizes CBS for taking a decision concerning the exams alone, without consulting with the Study Board.
“The choice has been made in this process to ignore elected student representatives whose role is normally to make decisions like this about exams. CBS has chosen to hold these elections and delegate roles to those democratically elected. So, when their input and role in making decisions are ignored, it is hard to see any reason to hold elections in the first place. It’s a breach of trust between the students and the institution,” says Mikkel August Wallind.
Later today, CBS Students will meet with the Dean of Education, Gregor Halff, to discuss the voided exams and hopes CBS will reconsider the decision and help the affected students.
“We will try to represent the students and tell CBS that it is unacceptable to sideline the democratically elected students whose role is normally to handle cases like this,” says Mikkel August Wallind.