Top University in Shanghai Goes Lenient on Sexual Harassment

By Urban Family, September 6, 2018

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201711/originally-uf.jpgThis article originally appeared on our sister website, Urban Family Shanghai.

By Yuzhou Hu

Yesterday, a Weibo user named 'Lawyer Liu Wenhua' posted a photo, which caused numerous questions to be raised. The post, which presented a chart from Fudan University, listed all students who breached school regulations during the last academic year, along with their corresponding penalties. 

According to Shine, the picture went viral immediately. Netizens were made aware of two male students who sexually harassed female students and merely received a warning from the school, which is the minimum penalty possible. One of the male students took photos under the skirts of female students, and the other crept into the female restroom to take pictures.

Together there are 22 students on the school's blacklist. Apart from the two offending male students, two other students received the same penalty for barbecuing in their dormitory. Three students were given a severe warning for organizing a barbecue in their dorm room, smoking in the toilet, which triggered a fire alarm, and threatening classmates with violence. 

The remaining students on the list, who were given a demerit penalty, were busted for plagiarism and cheating during an examination. As a result, these 15 students won't receive their bachelor's degree certificate upon graduation. 

201809/taking-photos-01-4eeb00.jpgImage via Lawyer Liu Wenhua/Weibo

This seemingly unbalanced penalty system is where the post from 'Lawyer Liu Wenhua' comes in. "Only warnings for secretly taking upskirt photos and sneaking into the ladies' bathroom to take pictures?" he wrote in the caption and forwarded the post to the official Weibo account of Fudan University.

In the wake of the recent incident of Didi, there is no surprise that the post, along with the official Weibo account of Fudan University, is flooded with comments from furious netizens. By 3pm this afternoon the post has received 17,000 comments and been forwarded over 23,000 times.

"The list is published at the freshmen's opening ceremony. With such light punishment applied, are they trying to encourage crimes?" asks one netizen. "Extremely disappointed. Can't believe these future criminals only receive a warning. Guess grades are way more significant than moral standing to them," another comment reads.

Currently, the university, which is considered one of the top institutions in Shanghai, has not responded to the incident.

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This article was originally published by our sister magazine Urban Family Shanghai. For more articles like this, visit the Urban Family website, or follow the Urban Family WeChat account (ID: urbanfamilyshanghai).

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