Taipei-The Control Yuan on Thursday passed a motion to reprimand the Ministry of Education (MOE) for failing to appropriately address incidents of sexual harassment and bullying that took place during a student orientation program at Jinwen University of Science and Technology (JUST).
According to Control Yuan member Gau Fehng-Shian (???), four departments at JUST jointly hosted a student orientation program Oct. 7-9, which included games that required incoming freshmen to strip down to their underwear and engage in lewd behavior.
As a result, 25 of the participating freshmen asked to drop out of the orientation program, Gau said.
In its own investigation, JUST found that the three main organizers of the orientation program had violated the school's policy on gender equality and it gave out demerits and penalties of community service, she said.
However, JUST did not report the violations within the required 24 hour period to the MOE, Gau said.
When the school did report the matter, it offered the excuse that it did not know how many students were involved, which the ministry accepted and failed to hand out any punishment, she said.
This amounted to a failure on the MOE's part to carry out its duty, which was to punish the university for failing to report a case of sexual harassment on time, Gau said.
Since 2013, there have been formal allegations against 11 universities of sexual harassment and bullying during their orientation programs, Gau said, citing information valid as of October of 2017.
She said three of the schools failed to report the incidents on time, while eight filed the wrong report, and three did not comply with the required investigation after the reported incidents.
In all 11 cases, the MOE did not do its part to supervise the universities' investigation of the allegations and to carry out much-needed reforms, Gau said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel