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GSC Met Faculty After Students' General Meeting; Further Discussion Needed

  

   
 
  ▲ Students and faculty gathered in Lotus Hall to discuss items passed by the votes from students in the Students' General Meeting held on the 17th.  

/Photograph by Yim Se-youn

   On September 21st, the General Student Council and the faculty had a meeting regarding the items discussed in the Students' General Meeting held on the 17th. The meeting focused on the 2nd item, Innovation of Students' Rights. Further discussion will be possible after submitting official documents to the faculty. In regards to the first item, Opposition on Intervention of Religious Order, the only clear answer was that a new Research Ethics Honesty Committee (REHC) will be organized to judge whether President Han Tae-sik (Bogwang)'s paper was plagiarized or not.

   The meeting concentrated on the 2nd item which consist of demands related to change of school system. They include altering scholarship system, reforming course register system, opening grade announcement to students, improving the quality of English lectures, offering measures for Bio-Medical Campus, abolishing student regulation, and opposing autonomous restructuring. The GSC agreed with faculty to list-up the items and submit them to the faculty. Then, the faculty will distribute the items to the respective divisions.

   Baek Seung-kyu, the team leader of Student Support Team, said, "We will order each division to immediately proceed, initiating from the possible matters, and will work together with corresponding colleges when further discussions are needed."

   Detailed discussion on the first item, Opposition on Intervention of Religious Order, was not made in the meeting. It was because, according to Chairperson Choi Kwang-baek of GSC, completely contradicting stances will not be able to come up with a solution in this short meeting. Yet, in fact, there was a brief discussion on the suspicions on whether President Han plagiarized his paper or not.

   The faculty claimed that a new Research Ethics Honesty Committee (REHC) will be formed. They requested the students to hold off mentioning the issue before the new REHC re-examines the paper.

   Regarding this, Park Mun-soo, the chairperson of the College of Liberal Arts, said, "I propose students to participate in the inspection or to be announced of the process of progress," then added, "More than 2,000 students gathered because they do not trust the decisions made by REHC, so a result that students can agree with may come out."

Yim Se-youn  seyoun8120@dongguk.edu

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