At National Taiwan University, grad students can now unilaterally cut ties with a sexually abusive adviser. The school has updated its rulebook on academic advising, after Taiwan’s #MeToo movement pushed the conversation on sexual misconduct. Under the revised regulations, grad students are allowed to part ways with their advisor, if a gender equity committee agrees that the professor behaved inappropriately toward them.
NTU Graduate Student Association head
The previous regulations did not allow students to unilaterally end their advisory relationships. What we hope now is for the newly added Article 6 to empower students who are sexually harassed or assaulted, to give them a chance to seek remedies. Through the new Article 6, students can go to their school department and say, “I want to end this relationship with a professor who sexually harassed me.”
Previously, only professors could terminate the student-adviser relationship, and any ongoing research work would be attributed solely to the professors. The new rules state that, in the event of a dispute, the academic department must mediate between student and teacher, achieving an agreement on research publication rights within a set period of time.
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