The 6th Announcement Regarding the Open Letter on Liu Juhua’s Plagiarism Case
November 15, 2012
On Oct. 25, 2012, the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (GSCASS) organized a one-day preaching activities “to strengthen scientific ethics and construct academic integrity,” senior officials of the China Association for Science and Technology, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, GSCASS, as well as nearly a thousand students and faculty members attended the event. According to the news announced by GSCASS, the event was “a complete success.” The report says that the high ranked officials gave important instructions, Liu Yingqiu, Dean of GSCASS, gave a report, review, and brief summary, claiming that GSCASS “will continue to strengthen the scientific ethics and construct academic integrity, control academic misconducts from the source, ……maintain a good atmosphere of academic dignity.” During the event, “a signature campaign for strengthening scientific ethics and constructing academic integrity” was conducted, the participants swear they would “earnestly implement” the “work program for preaching scientific ethics and academic integrity” drafted by GSCASS.
We want to remind the leadership of GSCASS that the housecleaning activities shouldn’t be a bluffing or a mere formality, and they shouldn’t be used as a shield to deal with public criticism either. As one of China’s leading educational institutions in social sciences, you have the obligation and responsibility to monitor the academic activities and implement the copyright protection laws.
We also want to remind the leadership of GSCASS that eight months have passed since March 15, 2012, when 240 scholars around the world signed the Open Letter to the GSCASS, asking you to investigate the plagiarism case alleged against Liu Juhua, a graduate of GSCASS, in her Master’s thesis. During the eight months, we have issued five consecutive announcements, urging you to exercise your function. However, you have been playing dumb all along, refusing to respond. We sincerely hope that you could fulfill your new commitment, not make it into another comical show. We will continue to issue our announcements to Chinese society and international academic communities, until the plagiarism case is properly dealt with. We have the patience.
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