Radio France Internationale (RFI) Chinese Edition recently reported that, after several incidents of graduate school students committing suicide this year, the Chinese ministry of Education urgently issued The Code of Conduct for Graduate School Teachers. The new code of conduct established ten rules on what a graduate school professor cannot do. These rules mainly include that the professor cannot neglect academic supervision and guidance, cannot require students to participate in activities unrelated to their academic or research topics, cannot delay students’ graduation time, cannot violate established academic norms and cannot damage students’ academic rights. The report gave a few examples of graduate students committed suicide in Dalian on October 13, 2020, in Beijing on May 1, 2020, and in Nanjing on December 15, 2019. These all involved graduate school professors’ misconduct in not providing academic advice, delaying final graduation grading, and personality insults over a long period of time. Some of these professors reportedly have been punished.
Source: RFI Chinese, November 11, 2020