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Song's name is no more

EAST China Normal University has removed the name of a benefactor accused of rape from one of its buildings.

Photographs recording the name removal were uploaded to the university's Internet bulletin board system.

Workers started to remove the name "Song Shanmu Building" from the exterior of a classroom building at the university's Minhang District campus about 6pm on Wednesday, as many students watched.

There has been heated debate on the issue on the university's Internet forum, but officials have been keeping a low profile.

They declined to comment on the matter.

Most students supported the removal decision as they deemed it damaging to the school's reputation.

"Its existence can no longer encourage students but disgrace them," said an alumni surnamed Zhu.

But another disagreed.

"It's unnecessary for the school to follow the public opinion," said Justin Tang, who graduated from the school last year. "Song hasn't been found guilty yet."

The university named the building after Song Shanmu, former president of multinational private training study company Sunmoon Lifelong Education Group, donated 1 million yuan ($146,360) to the school in 2008.

Earlier this month, Song was detained for allegedly raping an intern and sexually harassing other female staff members.


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