The deans of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences effectively refused to grant the Student Parliament of International Burch University permission to conduct the annual student satisfaction survey at their faculties; however, the dean of the Faculty of Education and Humanities allowed the Student Parliament to conduct the survey.
Conducting the student satisfaction survey has been an obligation of the Student Parliament for several years mandated by several decisions adopted by the University Senate, the most recent of which was adopted at the Senate’s 148th session on December 20th.
The decision mandates three Student Parliament representatives with contributing to the drafting of a University self-evaluation report by conducting said survey within five months (i.e. by the end of April).
Pursuant to that, a meeting was organized among the three student representatives – Nejla Babić in front of the Faculty of Education and Humanities, Amer Kurtović in front of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences and Jasna Nuhić in front of the Faculty of Engineering and Social Sciences – to create a new survey form, which can be found here.
In order to survey as wide a segment of the student population as possible, the deans of the three faculties at International Burch University were contacted to give their permission for the Student Parliament to conduct the survey during class hours. The concept is to conduct the survey during the last 10 minutes of a course, in agreement with individual course instructors, throughout the two weeks between April 3 and April 13.
The dean of the Faculty of Education and Humanities, prof. dr. Senad Bećirović, approved the request, while the deans of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, prof. dr. Muhammed Sait Dinç, and the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, prof. dr. Jasna Hivziefendić, rejected the request.
Follow-up requests to reconsider their decisions were sent. Dean Dinç refused to reconsider his decision, while Dean Hivziefendić ignored the correspondence.
“This certainly seems like a purposeful sabotage of our work, even though we are and will continue giving them the benefit of the doubt,” Amer Kurtović, the president of the Student Parliament, said.
The next step, according to Kurtović, is having the student representatives submit initiatives in the two Faculty Councils to have them reverse the deans’ decisions; otherwise, “we’ll have to be creative in coming up with ways to survey the student body which some people somewhere obviously don’t want surveyed in an effective fashion.”