8:28 pm - 01/14/2019

Ministry of Education has decided to cancel the degrees of seven celebrity students

Highlight members (Lee Gikwang, Yong Junhyung, Yoon Doojoon), BTOB members (Eunkwang, Yook Sungjae), Jang Hyunseung, and singer Chu Ga Yeoul will have their degrees canceled as the Ministry of Education has determined that they received special treatment.

On January 14, the Education Trust Restoration Promotion Team of the Ministry of Education held their first meeting to discuss the inspection results of the suspicions on injustice and corruption at Dongshin University and Busan Kyungsang University. The team has announced corrective actions regarding the matter.

According to the report from the Ministry of Education, the broadcast activities of celebrity students at Dongshin University gave them acknowledgement as being present even if they did not attend class due to the department’s internal policy. However, it was determined that the celebrities received special treatment since there were no written regulations of such before 2015, nor were there rules delegated that allowed departments to manage attendance differently. The Ministry of Education determined that the attendance of these students cannot be acknowledged.

In particular, despite regulation, singer Chu Ga Yeoul acted as an adjunct professor for the Department of Applied Music despite not having a bachelor’s degree while simultaneously attending the Department of Broadcasting and Entertainment as a student. It was confirmed that he could not attend class since the time he was supposed to attend lecture as a student overlapped with the time he acted as an adjunct professor. For Chu Ga Yeoul, his degree will be canceled, and his position as an adjunct professor will become nullified.

The Ministry of Education has decided to cancel the degrees of the seven celebrities. Of the administrative staff at Dongshin University, it has been requested that one person receive severe disciplinary action, nine people receive moderate disciplinary action, and six people receive warnings.

On January 14, the university shared the following statement:

The university gave grades and degrees according to school and department regulations, but we accept that there were loopholes for parts of the regulations. However, we will closely review measures to protect the graduates who received grades and degrees based on the above regulations so that they will not be harmed as much as possible. We will establish countermeasures including modification of regulations for more thorough academic operations in the future.

source: soompi @soompi, ptg1010_tob321, btobclasseu, newsis, naver

Is this Cube's go-to university???
daynr 14th-Jan-2019 08:34 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised that all the net comments are positive, I thought Korea hated school preferential treatment? I mean, it's awesome to not see a witchhunt, and I don't know the particulars of this case, but so much support surprises me.

Personally, I'm in the camp of -- if the class syllabus, or similar, says you must attend x number of classes, and you don't, you fail the class.
petecarl 15th-Jan-2019 08:55 am (UTC)
I think it's cause it's a low rank, no name school that people are being more favorable to them. Plus all the people involved have pretty good images in Korea.
goshipgurl 14th-Jan-2019 08:39 pm (UTC)
they can replace their attendance w/ TV Broadcast

lol what...
lydzi 14th-Jan-2019 10:29 pm (UTC)
Mte, like wtf? :D The concept is truly so absurd, I have to laugh XD
921227 14th-Jan-2019 09:37 pm (UTC)
Yikes! Thats sucks for them

Attendance is one if those things that irritates me because if I can learn the material and pass the class otherwise, why be there in person?? And tbh a lot of college classes youre basically teaching yourself bc the instructors are worthless

I hope they have the opp to repeal the decisions
xoxkenzxox 14th-Jan-2019 10:24 pm (UTC)
I mean it's a sticky issue. The school is wrong for using the idols and giving preferential treatment. The idols are wrong in that they didn't complete classes like other students. If they really feel they deserve the degrees, then they should fight, but otherwise, I think it's fair.

American colleges are just as bad. I had a friend who was a tutor for the football team. She signed up for the Football English class because apparently "It's supposed to be easier". So not only was the curriculum easier for the football players, they also got sooo much extra tutoring and help to get stuff done while I was on the struggle bus. The classes should all have the same requirements. So frustrating!
kicking_tenshi 14th-Jan-2019 11:04 pm (UTC)
If they did all their evaluations (tests, assignments, etc) and missed class solely because of work and illness and were told that that was acceptable by administrators theeeeeeeeeeeeen yea.... seems like they got screwed over :\
dantethetaco 15th-Jan-2019 01:02 am (UTC)
I'm confused about something. Can people who have daily jobs (or jobs that clash with classes) not attend the classes? If so, what's the difference between idols being unable to attend because of their work? Or am I understanding the situation wrongly?
sweetestbliss1 15th-Jan-2019 03:10 pm (UTC)
Do we know if this is undergrad or graduate school? If it's undergrad, you're a full time student, so going to school is your full time job, but if you have a part-time job, you need to schedule it around school? I don't know how grad school works in other countries, but if these are graduate degrees, classes should take place at night (after work) so people who work can attend. With idols, though, their schedules aren't the typical 9-5, so even if classes are at night, they may still not be able to attend.
dantethetaco 15th-Jan-2019 03:17 pm (UTC)
If it's undergrad, you're a full time student, so going to school is your full time job, but if you have a part-time job, you need to schedule it around school?

Oh, I see. I was confused because it doesn't work like that where I live. Uni students are 20-30 years old when they start their degrees (there where even a couple of people in their 40-50s when I started), and there's people who have full time jobs. Most classes don't ask for obligatory attendance, but even for those that have it there are options for the people who have jobs and can't attend class. I though this would be common thing in other countries.
sweetestbliss1 16th-Jan-2019 01:20 am (UTC)
Ohh. I see. I think in Korea, they go to college/university when they're 19 or 20 (depends on whether you pass the college entrance exam or whatever)? We go to college/university at 18 in the U.S. Most college students do have part time jobs, though since sometimes we have huge breaks between classes during the day or our schedules are just whack. Hahah
sciencebottle 15th-Jan-2019 06:54 am (UTC)
I mean...if they did all the necessary components of course evaluation like exams and projects, then....unless class attendance is noted as a component that could affect their grade/pass or fail them, it seems like some of these idols got screwed. I'm not sure what the case is with this university but its late and I probably missed something when I was reading.

Not all professors lecture the same and I honestly don't see a point in attending lectures in which the professor reads off the slides verbatim (and I'm still doing very well in all evaluations) so unless attendance is mandatory...this sucks for them.

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