Peking University professor sacked after impregnating student

Yu Wanli, a former associate professor at Peking University, has resigned after being accused of having sex with a female student and getting her pregnant. -- PHOTO: CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK 
Yu Wanli, a former associate professor at Peking University, has resigned after being accused of having sex with a female student and getting her pregnant. -- PHOTO: CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK 

BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A professor at Peking University has resigned from his post after being accused of having sex with an international student.

Yu Wanli, former associate professor at the university's School of International Studies, was accused of having sex with a female student and getting her pregnant.

The Beijing News reported that the student named Wang Jing is a Singaporean studying for her doctorate. The informant, Liu Wei, is a friend of Wang and she sent an email and three letters to the university with photographs and chat records from Wang's phone, according to the report.

The university confirmed the relationship in an announcement on Nov 22, saying that Yu had "an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female student surnamed Wang, which triggers severe social effects".

The university relieved Yu of his teaching duties and revoked his teaching credentials. He was also expelled from the Party, according to the announcement.

The student claimed that her diaries and personal items had been stolen after the scandal was exposed and she refused to comment on the resignation.

In previously published interviews, Wang said she was seduced by Yu who is married, and that she had been his mistress since July 2013.

She discovered in November that she was pregnant and claimed that he asked her to have an abortion.

The Ministry of Education released a regulation on Oct 9 prohibiting university teachers from sexually harassing students or coercing them into having sex.

Faculty members who violate the regulation will face punishment ranging from a warning and demerit points to demotion, suspension and even prison terms.

In the announcement from Peking University in late November, it said the university values faculty members' morality and behavior management. If anyone crosses the red line, the university will implement severe punishment.