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Plagiarized lecturer wants apology and more

A UNIVERSITY lecturer is demanding an apology and compensation from a university vice principal and a postgraduate student after one of his lectures was plagiarized for an article.

The student has had his doctoral degree revoked and has received a demerit, today's China National Radio Station reported.

The article was published in the fourth edition of the nation's core academic journal "Philosophy Research" this year and carried the bylines of Lu Jierong, vice principal of Liaoning University, and Yang Lun, a doctoral candidate at Beijing Normal University.

Wang Lingyun, 30, a lecturer in philosophy teacher with Yunnan University in southwest China, said almost 80 percent of the article was copied from a lecture "What is Theory?" he wrote in 2002.

Wang told the state radio station that his own article was published online in 2004 and it was then widely copied onto other Websites.

Wang said he had had documents notarized to prove the plagiarism.

Lu was not available for comment yesterday but Liaoning University officials said Lu was innocent of plagiarism - Yang had carried it out alone.

The university had investigated Lu after hearing about the plagiarism, according to its Party secretary Wang Shan.

Lu did not know Yang had published the article using his name and he was unaware the article was plagiarized.

According to Wang, Yang had completed his bachelor's and master's degrees of philosophy at Liaoning University tutored by Lu. He later studied for his doctorate at Beijing Normal University.

A few months ago, Yang mailed some articles to Lu for advice. Lu is also a doctoral tutor for Marxist philosophy at Jilin University.

Lu chose the two best articles and gave advice. He sent back the corrected articles including one called "What's called Philosophy," to Yang.

Yang acknowledged the plagiarism said he would take full responsibility.

Yang said he had put Lu as the first writer of the article because he hoped his former tutor's academic influence would help him get the article published. He had to publish research in core academic journals to get the degree.

He said he didn't tell Lu he had plagiarized the article nor did he tell the tutor he had published the article and used Lu's name first.

Yang's doctoral degree has been revoked by Beijing Normal University. He had received a demerit from the school, he told the radio station.

"I will never get the degree," Yang said.


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