The screenshot of the group chat of the student association has stirred a heated discussion on social media in China then.
In the screenshot, a freshman tagged the vice president of the association, surnamed Yang, and called him "Xuezhang," (upper classman in English) when asking about the time of a meeting.
"How dare you tag President Yang? And you even call him Xuezhang directly," a group manager surnamed Yuan said in the group chat, asking, "do you know what you are doing?"
Later on, another manager in the chat group, surnamed Liu, sent another message to the entire group.
"To all junior members, please understand your position and be careful of the way you speak to your leader," Liu told the group.
According to The Beijing News, the student who posted the initial message is a freshman who just joined the association last month.
Others, including netizens and some media outlets, lamented that student associations in China had become increasingly "bureaucratized."
Referring to the issue, Xinhua News Agency released an editorial opinion, criticizing the behavior of the student union.
"Positions at students unions are often linked with their postgraduate success and thus some people try their ways to gain higher places in hierarchy," the article said.
One day later, Chengdu Aeronautic Polytechnic responded and confirmed the behavior of the students.
"They have reflected and promised to rectify their behavior," the school said in its statement.
The screenshot resonated with Chinese netizens on social media, especially among people who had similar experiences with university student unions.
This is not the first time that complaints were lodged against student leaders for bureaucratic, bad behavior at college student associations.