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Open Letter to the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Regarding the Alleged Plagiarism Case of Its Graduate Ms. Liu Juhua (1232 查看)

February 14, 2014 06:16PM
An Open Letter to the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Regarding the Alleged Plagiarism Case of Its Graduate Ms. Liu Juhua


(Signed by 240 Chinese scholars with their affiliations1


March 15, 2012


The Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (GSCASS)
Dr. Liu Yingqiu, Dean of GSCASS
Prof. Huang Xiaoyong, Secretary of CCP Committee at GSCASS

Since last April, one of the most intriguing pieces of news among Chinese scholars around the world has been the alleged plagiarism committed by Ms. Liu Juhua, a 2002 graduate of GSCASS, in her Master’s degree thesis.

According to an incomplete survey, this case has been reported by China’s authoritative media outlets, including China Central Television, Central People's Broadcasting Station, Xinhua News Agency, etc. Moreover, it was widespread through internet. Further, the English report by China Daily has made the scandal known to the world.2 Therefore, GSCASS’s proper review and handling of this case is not only on the concern of the person being accused, but more for the honor of GSCASS, the reputation of China’s graduate education system, the trustworthiness of China’s academic degrees, and for the integrity of China social sciences community, as well as the stand of China academia within the international arena. However, we have seen no conclusion about the case from GSCASS so far. That is why we have decided to write this letter to GSCASS and its leaders.

According to a media report, Mr. Chen Lidan, the Chairman of Ms. Liu’s Master’s thesis committee and the professor of Journalism School at Remin University of China, had already read the allegation materials and considered Liu’s thesis as plagiarism. After carefully reviewing “The All-inclusive Information about the plagiarism in Liu Juhua’s Master’s Thesis,” which is available on the internet, we agree completely with Professor Chen’s assessment.

If the severity of Ms. Liu’s alleged plagiarism (90% words were copied from other sources) surprised us, her attitude toward the exposure of the case astonished us. On April 28, 2011, the day after the news was reported by the media, Ms. Liu, using the penname of “Fang Zhouzi’s wife,” published an article on New Threads, a website solely controlled by her husband Fang Zhouzi, entitled “No Shame At All.” Just as the title indicated, Ms. Liu not only showed no shame whatsoever for her alleged plagiarism activity, she also attacked the whistle blowers with malicious language, even ridiculing her professor Mr. Chen Lidan. All of this demonstrates how unscrupulous the plagiarists in China have become.

In addition to Ms. Liu’s being “Science cop's wife” and Xinhua News Agency’s reporter, the main reason that this case has attracted Chinese scholars’ attention around the world is that her Master’s degree was awarded by GSCASS. It is well known that CASS is the most prestigious academic institution in humanities and social sciences in China, so Chinese people and Chinese scholars all over the world have high expectations towards its graduate school. Indeed, in the last 30 years, GSCASS has achieved so much that many of your graduates are the leaders in their respective areas. That’s why we consider GSCASS as one of the fundamental bases of China’s graduate education, and value the degrees you have conferred.

As secretary Huang Xiaoyong once said, “a school’s status is determined by its graduate’s status.” We totally agree with Mr. Huang’s vision. The fact is, a school’s status is determined not only by its best graduates, but also by its worst ones. As the saying goes: one ant-hole may cause the collapse of a thousand mile dike. Therefore, if Ms. Liu’s case is not dealt with seriously, it will definitely have a long-lasting negative impact on your graduate education. It will be regretful to see that the excellent reputation built on decades of hard working by thousands of GSCASS alumni will be damaged by this single plagiarism case.

On the other hand, although the case has tarnished GSCASS’s reputation, it also provides you with a unique opportunity to re-emphasize academic ethics. If you investigate the case thoroughly, seriously, and make the proper decision based upon the investigation results, then the whole world knows that your numerous alumni are decent, your institution deserves its reputation, and in fact you would breathe a fresh breath into the Chinese academic tradition that has lasted for thousands of years.

We hope that GSCASS will not be deterred by any external pressures when dealing with such a case. We hope that the infamous case will be prosecuted as soon as possible and as strictly as possible according to the nation’s intellectual property laws, the State Council’s relevant rules and regulations regarding academic degrees, and the ethics and standards well established and recognized by the academic community. We also hope that GSCASS will reveal to the public the results of your investigation and your conclusion of the case.

Thus, we, scholars from China, America, Australia, and Europe, with our sincere wish for your better graduate education, and with the strongest desire to uphold the reputation and image of Chinese academia, write this letter to you, asking you to prosecute the case promptly and properly.

Note:
1.Please see the original Chinese version for signees.
2.For background information, please see China Daily report: Science cop's wife called plagiarizer.)



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