On March 5, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) Emergency Planning Committee (EPC) of Seoul Campus sued Kim In-kyung, a HUFS alumna professional golfer currently playing on the LPGA Tour, and 40 professors including HUFS President Kim In-chul for special favor on grades.
According to the staff of EPC, HUFS ex-President Park Chul and President Kim pressured professors to give Kim In-kyung extra points on grades and ended up giving a scholarship that is equivalent to 30 million Korean won (US$ 28,024.29) in the name of a prize fellowship. EPC has accused golfer Kim of fraud and of impeding performance of duty; former President Park and President Kim of dereliction of duty; and about 40 professors of impeding performance of duty.
In the press conference on March 5, the president of the EPC proclaimed, “Every student should know that hard work follows fair competition. Kim, whom might have helped improve HUFS’ reputation, is no exception to this rule.” EPC added that this lawsuit was an inevitable choice that can however help HUFS work harder to improve itself.
Kim In-kyung, who entered into HUFS as an International Sports and Leisure major in 2012, started to be beset by doubts since last year. She graduated school with GPA B+, which meant that she was actually well above average compared to many other students.