Posting Restrictions
Posting Restrictions
  • Reporter Jung Han-kyu
  • 승인 2010.12.08 20:06
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School Beautification vs Embracing Student Culture

The Business Affairs branch of the Health, Safety and Security Management Team posted an announcement on POVIS in October asking students to refrain from posting notices on school buildings. The claim was that many visitors to campus like the clean facilities and landscapes that make the campus look like a research lab instead of a university. However, various posters and notices on the walls of school buildings make the campus look messy, they said. Instead of using student-made paper posters which are untidy and a waste of resources, they encouraged using the newly installed LED display, text messages, or e-mails. 

▲ Handmade posters advertising club performances are hung in the Student Union building.

In response to the notice, many students have expressed doubts about this notice on the school community board PosB. They questioned whether a research-lab-looking campus is desirable for a university. Also, they showed concerns toward suppression of student culture and tradition that have been around for several years. Some asked the Undergraduate Association to step in and mediate the situation.

The Postech Times inquired the school’s stance on this matter and interviewed the Undergraduate Association President Lee Da-gam (07, CE) to ask about the recently discussed posting protocol and how it has proceeded.

The issue was first brought up on the table in a regular meeting session of the Undergraduate Association and the Dean of Student Affairs on Nov. 5. Dean of Business Affairs attended the meeting, invited by the Undergraduate Association.

There exists a rule about limitations of posting posters on school buildings in the official school regulations, but it has been eased considering student culture and tradition. There had been a slight misunderstanding because the school was trying to restrict posters from outside the school, such as advertisements for private education. The dean asked the Undergraduate Association to devise a plan to regulate immoderate posting and to remove posters past the date of the event.

Accordingly, the Undergraduate Association proposed a plan to create a board on PoU, a POSTECH portal site, to post details of posters such as the person in charge, period, purpose, and number of posters. Then, the executive branch will make a scheduled inspection to see if the posters are taken down past the expiration date. The Undergraduate Association will not be responsible for the posters without posted details on the PoU board.

It was accepted and approved by both Student Affairs and Business Affairs. The plan was then conferred with the Representatives Steering Committee, consisting of seven self-governing bodies’ heads, and finalized on Nov. 21. 

Following the update of the poster board on PoU, Postechians can now officially advertise their performances and events in the Student Union building, Hogil Kim Memorial building, and Jigok Community Center by simply describing a few details about them. However, some department buildings may be off limits because they have their own protocol on posters.

There was some miscommunication between the school administration and the student body that caused confusion and complaints. The administration should make clearer notice whenever there is a policy change, although this time the matter was wrapped up smoothly.  The student body should make an effort to uncover the problem and defend their rights, instead of speculating in front of computers.