History Department Statement: follow up on the Case of Mr. Liu Wenbin
The Department of History is aware of the seriousness of the online comments made recently by one of its research students, Mr. Liu Wenbin. Mr Liu, his Supervisor, and Senior Staff of the Department met on 18 June 2019, and then the Executive Committee met on Wednesday morning (19 June 2019) to discuss the circumstances surrounding Mr Liu’s remarks.
In accordance with Clause 16 of the General Regulations Governing Postgraduate Studies, the Executive Committee has concluded that Mr Liu Wenbin, through his online comments, has defamed the general university student body, and so demonstrated misconduct detrimental to the reputation of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Given the seriousness of the case the Department Board of History has recommended to the Graduate School, first, to terminate the student’s stipend whilst he continues to be registered at CUHK and, second, to submit the case to the Disciplinary Committee of the Graduate School for further investigation and conclusion.
Given the nature of Mr Liu’s online comments the Department of History wishes to stress that in accord with the regulations set by the Graduate School, research students are not allowed to conduct any kind of teaching and grading for postgraduate level courses. Therefore, Mr. Liu Wenbin, in acting as a Teaching Assistant in the 2nd term of 2018-19 only took a record of student attendance, and was not involved in grading the students’ work.
Members of the Executive Committee, along with all teaching staff of the History Department, wish to emphasise that academic integrity and professionalism is paramount to all its activities.