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City professor sanctioned for plagiarizing papers

A SHANGHAI University professor has been relieved of his administrative duties after allegations that he committed plagiarism in two academic papers, school officials said yesterday.

The professor, Chen Zhanyun, reportedly copied the works of others while writing research papers for a project supported by the National Social Science Fund.

The university has stripped him of his duties as vice dean of the College of International Business and Management and rescinded his membership on the school's academic ethics committee. He remains a professor and mentor for doctoral candidates pending the results of an investigation, the university said.

The sanctions followed an announcement last month by the National Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science, an organization responsible for assessing and granting research funding, that Chen's participation in a project on Chinese manufacturing was cancelled due to the discovery of plagiarism.

About 2,300 words of a 9,100-word essay he wrote for the project were taken from the works of others, the office said. In another 5,500-word essay, more than 30 percent was copied, it said.

The office urged local education authorities to learn from the case and ordered them to strengthen their examination of academic research.

Shanghai University officials said the school is drafting an academic ethics code in response to the findings.

In another recent case, the Yunnan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine said on April 10 that its president, Li Qingsheng, had "overused" content from another professor's academic paper.

Nearly 3,000 words in a thesis written by Li were discovered to be identical to those in a paper written by another professor, according to a panel that reviewed the case. The university told Li to write a self-criticism but imposed no other punishment.

Plagiarism has been reported frequently in academic circles recent years, including professors at prestigious institutions such as Peking University's Wang Mingming and Huang Zongying, Shantou University's Hu Xingrong and Zhou Yezhong from Wuhan University.


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