Editor’s note: Updated entry is here: Online world discusses UST-Corona versus Vitug-Rappler.
Marites Dañguilan Vitug wrote for rappler:
It turns out that UST may have broken its rules in granting Corona a
doctorate in civil law and qualifying him for honors, apparently to
favor the country’s top judge. (Read: requirements for getting a UST
post-graduate degree <http://graduateschool.ust.edu.ph/degreq_v2.htm> )
First, UST requires a dissertation. Dissertation writing takes all of 15
units spread out in four courses.
Second, only students who complete their doctorate degrees in five years
are qualified to graduate with honors: “A student who has overstayed
beyond the residency limit…will also be disqualified to graduate with
Corona does not have a dissertation. Neither did he fulfill the
five-year residency requirement.
This unusual practice may set a precedent in UST and send a wrong signal
to students that rank and influence trump academic rigor.
According to Vitug, UST did not comment. If true, what can we expect from a Chief Justice that breaks rules? And if true, what kind of university does something like that? And a Catholic one at that.