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China Daily | Updated:2017-05-23 07:36Two student lovers take a walk in the campus of Huaian university town in Jiangsu province, on Aug 31, 2013.[Photo/IC]SHANDONG FOREIGN LANGUAGE VOCATIONAL COLLEGE recently provoked fierce debate because it insisted on shooting videos of student couples with pre-installed cameras on campus and posting them on their website as a “warning” to other students. Many people criticized the college, but the college administrators responded that “campus love was uncivilized”. Beijing News comments:
Shandong Foreign Language Vocational College is not alone in its attitude. About a week ago, Binzhou University, also in Shandong province, organized a student discipline group, whose members surrounded and beat a young couple on campus who did not obey their orders, although the university later said it had punished the students responsible.
It seems there is a tendency for some domestic colleges to intervene in students private lives, unilaterally defining campus romances as “uncivilized”.
It is natural for young people to fall in love and they have the right to a private life. It is OK for some students to refrain from having a boyfriend or girlfriend at college, just as it is OK for other students to find a lover. It is each students personal right and the colleges should not intervene.
An undeniable fact is that the young students today, mostly born in the 1990s, are in general more open than their parents generation, who are the ones that hold the power in colleges. If the latter insist on imposing their conservative thoughts upon the former, the result will be an ever growing generation gap.
Some argue that some of the young people born after 1990 are conservative too. That is true, but others are not so conservative. By trying to prohibit students from finding a partner, certain college authorities are favoring the conservative students at the expense of the others. Thats unfair.
Therefore, the related college authorities should think twice before they interfere in students personal lives. They should help to protect their rights, rather than infringing on them.Related StoriesCollege students want to manage on-campus romanceCollege attracts attention for exposing uncivilized behavior on campus7 pct university students report harassment on campus: surveyShanxi University builds new campusNo tolerance for campus violenceCartoonsBye bye TPPPeaceful coexistenceNo chance of winningInternational Museum DayInternet addictionWannaCry virusMost Viewed in 24 HoursFroum trendsIs China becoming a cashless society?Does China need its own Mothers Day?ColumnistsBrussels visit gives Trump a chance to reset ties with EUAbes Japan First slogan doesnt gel with his TPP roleForumFeatured ContributorsBelt and Road Initiative gains momentum in GeorgiaHow the Belt & Road could become a “Health Corridor”China Daily Bureau ChiefsChongqing and Chengdu City Cluster on faster trackXi-Ma meeting brings historic opportunitiesStar BloggersHow a brave girl grabbed happiness with her own handsNot all share bike riders embrace the sharing conceptBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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