University sacks professor
Peking University has fired an associate professor accused of
having sex with an international female student, saying that "the
inappropriate behavior triggers a severe social effect", according
to an announcement released on Saturday on the university's
The professor's teaching credentials have been revoked and he has
also been expelled from the Party, according to the
Yu Wanli, then an associate professor at the School of
International Studies of Peking University, was accused of having
sex with an international student surnamed Wang and getting her
A university alumnus reported Yu to the university's inspection
department in November. Previous media reports said that the
informant was Wang's friend at school.
Wang, a native of Singapore, became an undergraduate at the School
of International Studies in 2004 and started her doctoral program
in 2013. She met Yu during a course on US diplomatic studies in
According to Wang, Yu forced himself upon her in July 2013, when he
came to her dormitory for a seminar.
"I was resisting him constantly during the whole process," Wang
said during a previous media interview, adding that she and Yu had
since maintained a lasting sexual relationship.
Yu told Wang he had reached the bottom line by falling in love with
a student and was willing to take responsibility. She did not
report him, but the two started seeing each other.
Wang later discovered when Yu invited her to his home that Yu was
married and had a child. Wang was shocked to see Yu's wedding
photograph. He claimed he and his wife had been separated for a
decade and there was no chemistry between them.
"I told him that I won't be anyone's mistress because it is not
fair to me. He said he needed time to work things out," Wang told
Wang found out she was pregnant at the beginning of November and
told Yu. She said he told her to have an abortion.
Wang told Huashang Daily that she is going to have the baby.
It was not the first such incident to occur at a Chinese
In October, then-professor Wu Chunming from Xiamen University was
dismissed for sexually harassing female students.
A retired associate professor at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Wang
Xiaojian, was photographed by netizens sexually harassing two
female students in October.
The Ministry of Education released a regulation on Oct 9
prohibiting university teachers from sexually harassing students or
coercing them into having sex.
Faculty members who violate the regulation will face punishment
ranging from a warning and demerit points to demotion, suspension
and even prison terms.