Saturday, February 4, 2023

Enrique Grau on Yasmin Esquivel’s case: We will not act hastily in the face of external pressure

enrique graveRector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), said that in case of plagiarism of thesis Minister Yasmin EsquivelMaximum house of study will not act in haste succumbing to external pressures.

He said that he would soon convene the University Ethics Council.

He recalled that after a careful comparison of the texts and analysis of the documentation provided by those involved, “it was concluded that there is an adequate copy of the thesis which he submitted in 1987, as an integral part of the requirements for The professional reception and release of the same title, Yasmin Esquivel Mossa”, then a student of that academic unit.

“The lack of academic integrity represented by the foregoing is not only unacceptable, but has seriously hurt UNAM and the thousands of students, academics, thesis tutors, and graduates who have made an enormous effort to adhere to the ethical and thorough Has done and done. Academic rigour, with this requirement,” he said.

“Thesis plagiarism is not a trivial matter, it is a reprehensible conduct, a usurpation of ideas and talents. It is an act that calls into question the morals and ethics of those who do it, and humiliates those who Let’s try to meet this educational requirement,” he said.

He said that after knowing the opinion of the committee FES AragonI request the qualified opinion of the Office of the General Counsel to ascertain whether current University regulations allow a graduate to withdraw or revoke a professional degree for these reasons.

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“The opinion was that the National University and its authorities lacked the legal powers to do so,” he said.
Enrique Grau pointed out that in the two weeks since the return to academic activities, the first steps have already been taken as it was approved that all written theses before going to the Synod and the Jury will be analyzed with specific technical tools should go.

He also recalled that FES Aragón had terminated the contract of the teacher who served as Esquivel’s thesis advisor.

We will not act hastily and irresponsibly: Grau

The rector of UNAM acknowledged that the “outrage” is “at a case that, like a hand, can go unpunished and with only professional and social discredit that has arisen from the debate that has arisen around it.”

“The rectory deposited in my person does not in any way absolve itself of its responsibility. My actions are not the product of procrastination, shame, fear, or cover-ups.

“I act, and I will continue to do so, within the framework of university law. I neither can nor should I go beyond what the rules allow us to do,” he said.

“I am well aware that the reputation of this administration and our study building is in question; But that is not the reason why we will act hastily and irresponsibly in response to external pressure to make snap decisions.”

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He announced that “soon” he would convene a meeting of the University Ethics Committee, which derives from the Honors Commission of the University Council, to review the opinions and documentation from which the Academic and Scientific Integrity Committee of FES Aragón had collected and evidence. which continue to emerge for analysis and thus to accommodate the due process to which each individual is entitled.

“With determination and independence, and always respecting the rules that govern us, we are together studying the various options and consequences that could result from additional restrictive actions,” he said.

“When the due process is over, I will convene the Honors Commission of the University Council to jointly analyze the various options and actions,” he added.

“With the strength of legitimacy and full autonomy that we exercise, substantial elements of our identity, be assured that UNAM will rise to this and any other challenges, defending and consolidating the values ​​that set us apart and that This is because of our motto: Because of my caste, the soul will speak”, Enrique Grau expressed.

***With information from Maria Cabadas.


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