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June 20, 2012 11:00 AM The Bully Crackdown

By Daniel Luzer

One South Korean university has announced plans to reject any applicant who is a bully.

According to an article by Na Jeong-ju in The Korea Times:

Sungkyunkwan University said Monday it will reject students punished for bullying their peers at school from next year unless they express remorse and change their behavior.
“We’ve set up guidelines on evaluating applicants who have a history of bullying other students at middle and high school. We won’t accept them if they don’t regret their behavior, even if their scores are high enough to gain admission,” a school official said.

This comes after several student suicides seemingly related to years of bullying. Public outcry against schools prompted a discussion about how education administrators were “poorly handling violence in schools.”

Realistically, however, this new change seems to mean that Sungkyunkwan University will reject exactly zero applicants due to a history of bullying; anyone can officially “regret their behavior,” especially to a faceless postsecondary admissions committee.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer