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New rules still curb students' pre-marital sex
By Jiao Xiaoyang (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-18 05:32

SHANGHAI: Revised rules forbidding unmarried students from having sex could lessen the punishment, while at the same time emphasizing a regulation that many feel is pointless.

Fudan University students and legal professionals have questioned the legitimacy of the draft code.

Where current rules state that students can be expelled for having sex, the new discipline says students merely get a warning and a black mark on their records.

Many students say the anti-sex policy makes no sense.

"To claim non-marital sex has taken place, evidence is required. And to catch students having sex 'red-handed' is usually impossible," said one student, code-named cxjding, writing on the university's Internet bulletin board. "I think the policy is more about the university's attitude (towards the issue) than practicality," another student wrote.

The new disciplinary codes should go in force in September after necessary revisions.

The university, celebrating its centenary year this year, refused to comment.

"The old ethics are negative towards non-marital sex. But when it comes to punishment, you've got to justify it," said Wu Dong, a lawyer with the Shanghai M&A Law Firm.
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