A philosophy professor in northeast China has been investigated by his university for alleged involvement in academic plagiarism.
Lu Jierong, also the vice president of Liaoning University in Liaoning Province (university buildings are shown in our illustration), was suspected of involvement of plagiarism in the case of a published paper by former student Yang Lun, according to Wang Shan, party chief of the university.
The case doesn’t involve direct plagiarism by the professor but rather a failure to adequately supervise a student. The student allegedly copied from an earlier paper and asked Lu to edit the work, which the student said was entirely original — although it was not.
The article ‘What is Theory?’ was published by the domestic journal Philosophical Researches in late April carrying the names of Lu and Yang. It has, however, been confirmed to have copied from a 2002 essay by Wang Lingyun, a teacher at Yunnan University, published in 2004 on the web.
Lu allowed Yang to publish that article with his name in the journal after getting Yang’s promise that he wrote the article himself. However, on June 12, the original writer Wang Lingyun happened to read the article in the journal and found his work had been plagiarized.
China.com states that the according to Jiang Jun, president of Liaoning Radio and TV University theexisting Chinese education system pushed university students and professors to pursue ‘academic fast food’ as they produced papers either for graduation, promotion or research funding.