Netiwit removed from student council

Chulalongkorn University lecturer chokes out a student and drags him away as colleagues watch, during the chaotic initiation ceremony on Aug 3. (Photo FB/Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal)

Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, president of Chulalongkorn University’s Student Council, has been removed from the council after his behaviour points were cut following the showdown at the oath-giving ceremony for King Rama V on Aug 3.

Four of the council members also faced the cuts and were disqualified too, he wrote.

Mr Netiwit posted on Thursday the removal order signed on the previous day by Chulalongkorn acting president and vice-president Asst Prof Pomthong Malakul Na Ayudhaya.

He vowed to appeal the order.

Apart from Mr Netiwit, the other four are Thornthep Maneecharoen and Thatthep Ruangprapaikitseree, also from the Political Science Faculty; Supalak Bamrungkij from the Economics Faculty; and Chinnawat Ngamlamai from the Education Faculty.

The removal came after his merit points were cut by 20 or more, disqualifying him from sitting in the council, according to its regulations.

All were elected to the council by representatives of students at all faculties to serve a one-year term on June 1.

Mr Netwit said he also faced a separate accusation for hosting a public hearing to listen to the problems of Suan Luang Square entrepreneurs, which has yet to be ruled.

“The lecturer who locked the neck of a student during the oath-taking ceremony is being probed but no decision has been announced,” Mr Netwit wrote.

The freshmen initiation ceremony at Chulalongkorn University when a group of students staged a walkout and one of them was put in a chokehold by a lecturer.

Many Thai schools and universities use the demerit points system to ensure good behaviours. Every student is given the same number of points by default when he or she enters a school. The points will be cut each time he or she breaks a rule. When they reach a certain level, he or she might lose some privileges or even face expulsion.

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