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University’s Written Exam for Sanitation Workers Qualifies as ‘Harassment’: Ministry

University’s Written Exam for Sanitation Workers Qualifies as ‘Harassment’: Ministry

SEOUL, July 30 (Korea Bizwire) — The labor ministry said Friday that Seoul National University harassed its sanitation workers by requiring them to take written exams that were largely unrelated to their work. The ministry carried out an investigation into allegations of workplace harassment after a sanitation worker at one of the university’s dormitories was [...]

University Holds Online Matriculation Ceremony with Avatars

University Holds Online Matriculation Ceremony with Avatars

SEOUL, March 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Universities are witnessing a wide range of ideas for online matriculation ceremonies as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on. Soonchunhyang University held a virtual matriculation ceremony on Tuesday where students were able to participate as avatars. The school created a virtual space designed after the campus’s main sports [...]

Hongik University and KT Hold Drive-in Graduation Ceremony

Hongik University and KT Hold Drive-in Graduation Ceremony

SEOUL, Aug. 26 (Korea Bizwire) – With a surge in confirmed coronavirus cases across South Korea, universities are holding drive-in graduation ceremonies to keep their students safe. Hongik University, in tandem with telecom giant KT Corp., held a drive-in graduation ceremony at the school’s Seoul campus on Aug. 21, which student representatives, award winners, graduates [...]

S. Korean Universities Seek to Ensure Both Academic Integrity and Anti-virus Measures

S. Korean Universities Seek to Ensure Both Academic Integrity and Anti-virus Measures

SEOUL, June 16 (Korea Bizwire) — As campuses have transitioned to online institutions due to the coronavirus pandemic, schools are left with an agonizing question: Should students be trusted to take online exams and not cheat? While most students uphold academic honesty, some care more about receiving better grades by looking up answers online or [...]

University Rejects Permit for Banner with “Sexual Minority”

University Rejects Permit for Banner with “Sexual Minority”

SEOUL, April 29 (Korea Bizwire) — At Soongsil University, another school conflict is brewing, this time over the installation of a banner with the phrase “sexual minority.” The university did not follow the recommendation of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK), South Korea’s human rights watchdog, to correct an earlier decision and allow students [...]

Transgender Student Withdraws University Application, Still Faces Discrimination

Transgender Student Withdraws University Application, Still Faces Discrimination

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — A transgender individual who was accepted to Sookmyung Women’s University’s Law School after undergoing sex change surgery last year has decided to withdraw her application after being subjected to a torrent of hate speech from some students. In the meantime, some students’ ridicule and accusations against the transgender student [...]

Continuing Debate over Transgender Student Enrolling at Women’s University

Continuing Debate over Transgender Student Enrolling at Women’s University

SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Controversy is heating up on university campuses over a transgender student who was accepted to Sookmyung Women’s University (SWU) after undergoing sex-change surgery from male to female. There are claims that gender changes threaten women’s rights and safety, while signatures “welcoming” the transgender student are continuing among the alumni [...]