Authorities hope new measures for master’s students will help curb the rampant plagiarism plaguing domestic academia.
Plagiarizing academic papers can now negatively affect an individual’s social credit history in China.
According to a new guideline Tuesday, academic fraud will count against master’s degree candidates’ standing in the central government’s social credit database.
China’s so-called social credit system was announced in 2014 to incentivize desirable behavior by both people and businesses. In recent years, national, provincial, and local authorities have implemented various schemes and blacklists aimed at deterring debt defaulting, abuse of doctors, social security fraud, and leaving the army early, among other unwanted acts.