In a highly acclaimed move, Thammasat University has emerged as a beacon of empathy and understanding among educational institutions. It has officially approved leave of absence rights to students who are menstruating, thus ensuring that their academic progress doesn’t suffer due to natural biological conditions. This remarkable decision came into the limelight when the Thammasat University Student Organisation disclosed the news on their Facebook page.
In a proclaimed statement, Thammasat University lauded its commitment towards the welfare of the student community. “We at Thammasat University take pride in acknowledging and upholding the rights of all students. With the primary goal of extending support to students who are affected by menstruation, we have approved leave for them. Furthermore, the academic section has taken the initiative to involve faculties, colleges, and institutions in implementing this reform. Lecturers have been informed about the same to ensure the students’ academic dynamics isn’t affected.”
According to a document released by the academic section of the university, in meeting number 4 of the regular session 1, which was held on 26th September in the Pridi Banomyong meeting room at Thammasat University’s Rangsit Centre and was attended online as well, the student council put forth a proposal. They proposed to consider granting leave to students during their menstruation phase, substantiating it with the numerous health issues these students have to deal with during this time.
As per the document, students who are menstruating often experience a variety of symptoms, which can disrupt their normal life and academic activities. Symptoms such as abdominal pain, fatigue, bloating, mood swings, gastrointestinal discomfort, headaches, joint and muscle pain, lack of concentration, lack of enthusiasm, and the tendency to withdraw socially can potentially make it impossible for students to attend classes and interact effectively.
Despite students’ keenness and commitment to attend classes, these natural symptoms can prove to be a hindrance. Hence, understanding the necessity and importance of these students’ conditions, the academic section of the university has sought cooperation from faculties, institutes, colleges, and lecturers. The goal is to enable students suffering from these symptoms to take the necessary leave without it impinging upon their academic progress, reports KhaoSod.
In related news, a woman, who assaulted a 15-year-old student for not standing up during the national anthem in Ayutthaya, cited menstrual cramps as the reason. The incident, which took place at a local train station, led to the student’s family filing a complaint with the police. For more details on this incident, you can read the full story HERE.
While the woman is being charged with assault, it only emphasizes the importance of acknowledging menstrual discomfort and the need for leniency during this time.