Plagiarism Rampant At Peking University, Yale Professor Says – Thomas Kaplan and June Torbati

From Yale Daily :

A Yale biology professor who taught at this fall as part of a joint program between the two schools has accused the Chinese school of turning a eye toward plagiarism, raising questions about the academic integrity of an institution that is a central partner in Yale’s internationalization efforts.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology professor Stephen C. Stearns ’67 sent a passionate, 958-word e-mail to his at Peking this month, bemoaning the rampant cheating he witnessed while teaching two courses at the . In his message, Stearns said he was “leaving with very mixed feelings” because of the behavior he had observed.

“The fact that I have encountered this much plagiarism … tells me something about the behavior of other professors and administrators here,” Stearns wrote. “They must tolerate a lot of it, and when they detect it, they cover it up without serious , probably because they do not want to lose face. If they did punish it, it would not be this frequent.”[Full Text]

Read also A Reader’s Comment on Professor Stearns’ Letter, Rao Yi Responses to Professor Stearns’ Letter, and Rao Yi: Professors Should Write Recommendation Letters Themselves from ’s Scientific & Academic Integrity Watch.

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