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Student accuses visiting professor of groping her

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

National Tsinghua University yesterday announced that it had dismissed a visiting professor from Beijing's Tsinghua University who sexually harassed one of its female doctoral students.

"Prosecutors are investigating whether Wang Xiaodun (王小盾) violated criminal law," said Hsinchu Prosecutors' Office Spokesman Tsai Tien-yuan (蔡添源) yesterday.

According to a statement from National Tsinghua University, Wang, 55, who specializes in ancient Chinese literature and music, is a professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Beijing's Tsinghua University and a research fellow of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

National Tsinghua University said Wang agreed last fall to be a visiting professor for one semester and offered two courses for graduate students entitled "Musical Literature in the Han and Tang Dynasties" and "Tun Haung Literature and Folk Literature in the Tang Dynasty."

According to the Chinese-language Apply Daily, Wang taught diligently and his classes were quite popular. However, when a female PhD student of the Chinese Literature Department approached Wang after a class last November to ask him some questions, he allegedly persuaded her to continue the discussion at his dormitory.

The woman agreed. But as they finished the discussion and the student was about to leave, Wang allegedly grabbed the woman from behind and fondled her breasts. The woman reportedly struggled to free herself and escaped.

A few days later, the student reported the matter to the university's Gender Equity Committee. The university responded by forming a committee to investigate the matter.

The university said yesterday that Wang had admitted to impulsively grabbing the student and would be dismissed.

Prosecutors said that they hope the victim will help them to bring evidence against Wang. However, news reports said that he is about to leave the country.

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