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Fu Jen dean suspended amid cover-up scandal

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Fu Jen Catholic University announced the suspension of a school dean on Friday, who garnered public ire for allegedly covering up a campus sexual assault case.

The press conference and protest came after the assault survivor, a now-graduated student surnamed Wu, took to Facebook Wednesday to publicly apologize to Fu Jen Catholic University's College of Social Sciences Dean Hsia Lin-ching (夏林清), a professor of psychology, and those involved in the case. The post provoked public outrage, with many questioning why a sexual assault survivor should be made to apologize.

Following the protests and press conference, the Education Ministry released a statement indicating that the ministry had already issued a notice to Fu Jen University, stating that the school's handling of the sexual assault case had violated the Gender Equity Education Act.

The school must provide a proposal to improve their response to the case by Oct. 31, the statement said. Failure to meet the school's gender equality committee's demands will lead to penalties.

Severe penalties include a withdrawal of subsidies to the private school, the statement read.

Fu Jen Vice-President for Academic Affairs Yuan Jenq-Tay said that the school's gender equality committee had held an emergency meeting on Thursday.

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