Hundreds of Students Affected by UPR Fund Freeze
SAN JUAN – The president of the General Student Council of the University of Puerto Rico’s (UPR) Ponce campus, Julissa Vega, said Monday that there are hundreds of students affected by the freezing of funds in Puerto Rico’s main academic institution.
“Starting this week. there are hundreds of students affected throughout the whole UPR [system], due to the freezing of funds because the Treasury Department has not fulfilled payments and remittances to the central administration of the university,” Vega said, adding that because all requisitions are paralyzed, the hiring of professors for courses that began last week in various units and campuses of the UPR has come to a halt.
“We have problems with professors’ contracts, in the Department of Studies Allied to Health,” said Vega. “The students did not meet with any professor last week, and the director resigned, with no one willing to occupy that position.”
Vega said she hoped to meet with the directors of various campus departments to evaluate possible solutions to this and other situations, and how the Student Council could help in the process.
“It’s our wish to look for alternatives and solutions so our university can stand firm,” Vega said.
Student representatives from the UPR’s Aguadilla, Arecibo, Bayamón, Cayey, Medical Sciences, Humacao, Río Piedras and Utuado campuses backed Vega’s statements.