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Press Conference Demanding a Retrial on the Case of Bogwang Sunim’s Plagiarism Held

 

   
 
  ▲ An Dre, the chairperson of the GSC, is handing the official papers of demands to Heo Nam-kyol, the head of the dean’s department.  

/Photograph by Yang In-hyeok

  

    On April 29th at 2:00 P.M., the General Student Council (GSC) and other members of Dongguk University held a press conference at the Paljung-do.

   While the conference started off with some students having discussions on the issue, it gained more attention when Kim Young-ku, a graduate from the College of Buddhist Studies stated that the President Han Tae-sik (Bogwang) should resign from his position before the 18th of May, the day of Buddha´s Coming. Kim strongly explained that the reassignment is necessary because it is the only way the investigation on the case of plagiarism can proceed in a clean and fair manner. “Bogwang Sunim has already lost his right, not only as a President of a university but also as a Buddhist monk.” He declared.   

   The conference was concluded with the students making three final demands. First, a haste and just retrial on the 16 cases of plagiarism by Bogwang Sunim. Second, a consignment of the retrial to a professional associate that is exterior to the university, as for fairer judgments. Third, a reprimanding to the people who carry the responsibilities of time-wasting, such as appointing people as the members of the retrial committee, who are not qualified and instead, should have been excluded from the committee.

   After a few unintended delays, the official papers of demands were given not to the President Han, as he was busy attending a meeting, but to Heo Nam-kyol, the head of the President’s department. 

   Meanwhile, An Dre, the chairperson of the GSC, stated that the next conference will be held on May 3rd in front of Jongyesa Temple.

Yang In-hyeok  arhan373@dongguk.edu

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