Approximately 60 medical students decided to pursue legal action to go on to the 2nd year of studies, stated lawyer Charline Servais, confirming information published by RTBF Tuesday. Two provisional measures were filed in order to “claim the subjective rights of students for passing to the 2nd year following the State Council decision of August 12th,” explained the lawyer representing the students, with lawyer Jean Laurent.
Last August 12th, the State Council, following a recourse sought to be applied by students of the University of Liège, invalidated the examination organized at the end of the first year of Medicine, judging that the quota it was based on was not objective. The Council considered that there was therefore, given the state of affairs, no obstacle for students to go on to the following year, aside from the minimum of 45 credits out of the 60 included in the curriculum.
“The decision of the State Council must nonetheless be followed by a political decision,” explained
Charline Servais. With this decision not having yet been made and with the start of the university year at hand, some 20 students of Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and 40 from the University of Mons decided to seek preliminary legal action against the French Community and the universities before the heads of the Court of First Instance of Nivelles and Mons. “We are demanding recognition of our subjective right to go on to 2nd year because the examination is not legal,” following the decision of the higher jurisdiction, stated Mrs. Servais. Given the results of the second session, other students will likely join the action, added Mr. Laurent.