Rights and obligations of students

Obligations of students Organizational and Operational Regulations (OOR) § 74 chapter (1)

Every student of Debrecen Reformed Theological University (DRTU) is obliged – beyond the National Higher Educational Act – to take part in the training at RTU within the framework of the Training and Exam Regulations (TER), to meet his/her training obligations with maximum devotion keeping to the law and the regulations of DRTU, keeping also to the training and exam order of DRTU using the devices entrusted to him/her, trying to preserve their condition, fulfil the institutional charge obtained via election from the obligation of which the board or committee electing him/her is authorized to give exemption, to live according to the student pledge, to respect the reformed moral and intellectual values, the religious events, traditions of the institute and behave accordingly, refrain from manifestations against the faith principles or offending the good reputation of the Hungarian Reformed Church, to respect the religion and denomination of other students and staff and also their personal ideological conviction, to respect the human dignity of the employees and students of DRTU – or students admitted to or exchanged over to the DRTU – to take part in the community life of DRTU, to make efforts to get to know Christian value and traditions, to enrich the good reputation of the institute, to get to know and care the traditions of the Debrecen Reformed College. Chapter (2): The obligations of the students taking part in religious training programmes – beyond those recorded in chapter (1) – also include to belong to one of the Christian churches, to be open to ecumenic discussions, to practice Christian way of life. Chapter (3): The obligations of the students taking part in applied church training – beyond those recorded in chapters (1) and (2) – also include to be member of the Reformed Church and profess the principles of faith of the Hungarian Reformed Church, to practice a Christian way of life in order to prepare for the chosen church occupation, to take part in an exemplary way in the religious events of the institute, to willingly accept contributions according to request in the religious and youth congregational events of the institute. Chapter (4): The student has to become familiar with and apply the knowledge protecting his/her health and safety as written in the work and fire safety regulations of DRTU, furthermore, the student has to report any noticed accident or accident risk. Disciplinary responsibility of students § 75 chapter (1): In case the student breaches the obligations arising from the legal relation of being a student he/she commits a disciplinary offence that draws disciplinary punishment. This obligation includes that when the student breaches his/her obligations recorded in the pledge of the student or in the regulations of the institute, especially those recorded in chapters (1)-(3) § 74 of the current regulation. (2) Disciplinary offence means any act of a student, even if outside the DRTU, that is incompatible with the status of the student, seriously contravenes or threats the interest, good reputation and inwardness of the institute. (3) Any breach of duty to which the study and exam regulations associate disadvantageous conclusions cannot be regarded as disciplinary offence. (4) It cannot be regarded as a disciplinary offence if a student in religious training comes into conflict with the DRTU principles due to doctrine issues with which his/her student status in the institute is suspended. In such cases, following a hearing in front of the Senate the student is deleted from the list of students without a disciplinary procedure in the framework of an exceptional suitability qualification with a Senate decision. (5) The decision stating the exclusion from the religious training has to be published in the official journal of the Hungarian Reformed Church. (6) It is not possible to initiate a disciplinary procedure if one month has passed since the DRTU acquired knowledge about the disciplinary offence or if five months have passed since committing the offence. (7) The rector is authorized to order a disciplinary procedure. (8) If there is a criminal procedure going on against the person under a disciplinary procedure, the disciplinary procedure can be suspended until the end of the criminal procedure. (9) The detailed regulations of the disciplinary procedure, including the cases of exemption and the procedure of exemption, the regulations of trial and evidence and the publicity of the disciplinary trial, the possible disciplinary punishments and the rules of appeal are established by the Disciplinary Regulations of DRTU. The Disciplinary Regulations form attachment No. 11 of the present regulations. § 76 chapter (1) of the qualification procedure: The DRTU and the maintainer Tiszántúl Reformed Church District expect all students in the DRTU in the trainings of reformed theology – minister specialization, master’s degree (united, undivided training), reformed theology teacher master’s degree in teaching (united, undivided training), reformed theology teacher (training running out), catechist – minister colleague BSc training and the reformed cantor BSc training (church employee training henceforward) to prove that his/her religious opinion and behaviour is based on the Holy Scripture and the reformed doctrines, considers the doctrine and ethical statements of the convocation of the Hungarian Reformed Church compulsory, suitable for meeting fulfilling the religion teacher tasks and that he/she could be a suitable leader of the congregations entrusted to him/her and also of the children and young people taking part in religion teaching with his/her individual lifestyle, visible and measureable signs of piety, and also with oral and other expressions both inside and outside the institute. (2) Students in church employee training therefore overcome a qualification procedure at the end of every spring semester (qualification henceforward). (3) The qualification is carried out by the Qualifying Committee called together on occasion. The president of the committee is the rector, the members include full time or par time teachers of the theological institute, one reformed minister delegated by the maintainer and not employed by or not in church service with the DRTU, the president or vice president of the Student’s Union taking part in religious employee training. (4) The student of DRTU who received no qualification cannot learn in either of the church employee trainings of DRTU and cannot be admitted to such a training neither by cross-admission, or back-admission. (5) Any student taken over to any church employee training at DRTU excluded from church employee training in other reformed higher education institute due to “not satisfactory” qualification has to be treated as a student with “conditionally satisfactory” qualification regarding his/her qualification examinations at DRTU. (6) Other details of the suitability qualification procedure, including the process of the procedure, the legal consequences of “conditionally suitable” qualification, the rules of appeal and the possibilities of further education in other trainings of DRTU for students not receiving the qualification are recorded in the Student Qualification Procedure Regulations forming attachment 10 of the present regulations.