On May 30th, student representatives from each university are having a discussion at the debate forum for the democracy of universities.
/Photograph by Seo Yoo-jeong
Controversies with President Han Tae-sik (Bogwang) have continued for three years from the time when President Han assumed the presidency. As he became the president of the school, controversy that his papers were plagiarized arose. Also, there are doubts on misusage of school funds to accuse the student who protested against the president. Midongchu (Dongguk Promotion Committee for the Future) and the Student Council of the College of Social Science are still making a strong protest. A lot of activities including picketing, cultural festival and debates with other universities took place for the last two months.
In 2015, the Research Ethics Committees judged that 18 papers of President Han were plagiarized. However, in 2017, the second Research Ethics Committees stated that the papers did not have any critical problems and President Han was acquitted. On March 28th, the National Research Foundation of Korea pointed out that both of the two previous committees have a problem with the procedure of judgement and ordered to reinvestigate the case. In the cultural festival, Park Kyung-gun, the vice chairperson of the Student Council of the College of Social Science mentioned, “The democracy of Dongguk University is collapsing. The second Research Ethics Committees were composed of President Han’s close allies. As the school accepted the reinvestigation, they should proceed it right away.”
In the midst of these controversies, on April 2016, President Han accused four students for libel. Midongchu is claiming that President Han paid the costs of a lawsuit with the school fund. Kim Ye-jin (Advertising and Public Relations) said, “On August, the situation of misusing the school fund was revealed. The school is just hiding this situation. President Han should reveal the truth and be responsible.”
However, the school refuted to these controversies. They sent the official document to the General Student Council (GSC) on May 15th about the school’s stance. Kim Jung-min, the chairperson of the GSC said, “The official document from the school stated that it is needed to control the mentions about the issue because the investigations of plagiarism and embezzlement did not end.”
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