CAMPUS activities lined up for the end of September and October were postponed after the University revised its academic calendar for the second time, following a week-long suspension of classes due to tropical storm “Ondoy.”

Secretary General Fr. Isidro Abaño, O.P. moved the finals week to October 21 to 24 from October 13 to 17 to comply with the required number of school days by the Commission on Higher Education, and to give professors enough time to finish their course syllabi.

Thesis defense, seminars, and recollections were rescheduled to make up for missed classes following the storm that battered Metro Manila, Rizal, and Laguna last September 26, which led to waist-deep flooding in UST and trapped an estimated 3,000 people.

“Our college’s scheduled thesis forum for fifth year students on September 26 and thesis deliberation for ‘Octoberians’ were moved to October 10 and 12, respectively,” said Warren Maneja, Architecture college secretary.

The college’s faculty development seminar intended to modify the course’s curriculum in time for the visit of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities-Commission on Accreditation was also moved to summer next year from its original date last October 21, he added.

The College of Commerce and Business Administration also rescheduled its thesis defense for business economics and marketing majors to October 10 and October 11, from October 1 and October 8.

Extra-curricular activities at the Faculty of Arts and Letters were also affected.

“The forum of the societies of political science and Asian studies on charter change was also cancelled so that there would be no more disruptions of classes, following the prescribed period of moratorium,” faculty secretary Lino Baron said.

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The Office for Student Affairs prohibited student activities during the final examination week.

In June, the start of the semester was delayed to June 15 due to the outbreak of the swine flu virus on campus. Jilly Anne A. Bulauan and Alexis Ailex C. Villamor, Jr.

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