The Minister of Science and Universities, Pedro Duque, has assured that the Government will try to renew the Francoist decree that today continues to regulate student discipline in universities. "I'm going to dare to try it," he said in an interview with Europa Press.
Duque wanted to be "cautious" when promising a modification that has not been undertaken in 40 years of democracy, but still stressed the need to change a decree that dates from 1954. Some of his articles, he recalled, remain today outside the constitutional framework, as for example the one that considers a "serious violation" the "demonstrations against Catholic morality".
With his words, the Minister of Science and Universities suggests that he will take into account the proposal made by the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE), which has set to work on a proposal to put an end to this anachronism legislative, as anticipated by eldiario.es.
The regulation of current academic discipline, signed by Francisco Franco on September 8, 1954, it had to be passed with the approval of the Student Statute in 2010, which left a written commitment "within one year" of approving a law of disciplinary authority for the campuses. A draft was reached, but the entrance of the PP, with José Ignacio Wert in the ministry, paralyzed him.
Over the years, Spanish public universities have been developing their own regulations on behavior and evaluation, updated to the student needs of the 21st century, but the truth is that their sanctioning regimes are still based on the Francoist decree of 1954.
Some of the infractions that it establishes, such as the "lack of probity", have been cataloged "legally indeterminate" by the Constitutional Court, but even so there has been some recent case in which it has been issued to students for this reason. It happened in 2011 with 11 students from the University of La Laguna, in the Canary Islands, although justice ended up absolving them.