By Hans Amancio
The University of Sto. Tomas (UST) has suspended all fraternities and sororities in the institution for Academic Year 2018-2019, nearly a year after the fatal hazing of law student Horacio (Atio) Catillo III in 2017.
In a report posted by The Varsitarian on its Twitter account, the memorandum, signed by the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) Director Ma. Socorro Guan Hing, has directed the suspension of recognition of fraternities and sororities in the campus, stripping them of their power to recruit students in their organization for the next school year.
“Accordingly, all fraternities, sororities or similar organizations are directed to cease and desist from recruiting students or engaging in any kind of activities,” the memorandum said.
The decision was implemented to ensure the safety of all students from the danger of hazing, following the tragic death of (Atio) Castillo last year.
“In light of the recent incident involving the hazing death of a law student and in keeping with the duty of the University to take proactive steps to protect the students from the danger of participating in activities that will involve hazing,” the memorandum indicated.
Meanwhile, students are also advised to refrain from joining and engaging in activities involving fraternities and sororities.
“All students are likewise directed not to join fraternities, sororities or any unrecognized student organizations pursuant to the Code of Conduct and Discipline,” the memorandum, dated May 21, said.
On September 17, 2017, law freshman Castillo died during a hazing rite led by UST fraternity Aegis Juris. Meanwhile, the 10 suspects charged over Castillo’s death are set to be transferred to the Manila City Jail from their current detention center in the National Bureau of Investigation.