GSCASS Should Implement China’s Regulation on Academic Degree Fraud──
The 8th Announcement Regarding the Open Letter on Liu Juhua’s Plagiarism Case
On January 1, 2003, a new regulation on academic degree fraud
, issued by China’s Ministry of Education, began to take effect. According to the Regulation, “plagiarizing other people’s works and academic achievements” is one of the major forms of academic degree fraud. To the people who have committed the fraud and received their academic degrees by using fraudulent theses, the Regulation specifies that “the degree granting institutions may revoke their degrees and abolish their diplomas in accordance with law;” and the decisions should be announced publically to the society. Also, no academic degree granting institutions are allowed to accept the offenders’ degree applications within three years, starting from the date of the revocation and abolishment.
According to the Regulation, other personals involved in an academic degree fraud, such as thesis advisors, and the responsible people in the offenders’ departments and colleges, may be held accountable: “if an advisor didn’t fulfill his or her responsibility of academic ethics and norms education, thesis direction and evaluation, and a degree thesis of his or her student was a fraud, he or she might receive a disciplinary warning or a demerit record from his or her institution; in a serious case, the punishment could be demotion or dismissal, even expel.” To the institutions with deficient regulation and chaotic management, multiple academic degree fraud cases, and pernicious effects on and bad influence in the society, their academic degree granting eligibility in the respective disciplines should be suspended or revoked, and the quota of graduate admission should be reduced accordingly.
Ms. Liu Juhua, a Master’s degree recipient from the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (GSCASS), is a suspect of “plagiarizing other people’s works and academic achievements” with significant impact. However, since the publication of An Open Letter to the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Regarding the Alleged Plagiarism Case of Its Graduate Ms. Liu Juhua
on March 15, 2012, GSCASS has taken no actions on the case at all, at least to our knowledge. It is our belief that GSCASS not only should set an example in abiding Chinese government’s new Regulation on academic degree fraud, it should also conscientiously and seriously implement it: if Liu Juhua’s plagiarism case is confirmed, her Master’s degree should be revoked, her diploma should be abolished, and the decision should be announced publically.
It is hereby announced by: