CHINA: Lax rules aid academic misconduct
China has established a system by which academia largely polices itself, and the law plays little to no role, Cao says. China requires the academic elite to meet high moral and conscience standards, avoiding misuse of administrative power. Yet in some cases, benefit always dwarfs the moral side. "In my view, the perception of academic autonomy and freedom has been distorted and unduly expanded. Academia should be under some rules, even if it impacts its autonomy. The process and procedure of academic activities, including faculty promotion, should be governed by law, a law that requires honesty and fairness."
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