As an unidentified student said online, the class noticed the embarrassing blunder immediately, and quickly snapped photos of the incident, posting them on social media. Unaware, Wang continued teaching the class.
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The screengrabs blew up on various social media platforms. On Douban, a post (in Chinese) detailing the blunder received almost 1,000 replies within hours of the incident.
It didn’t take long before people who knew the professor personally started revealing more information about him. According to his students, Wang is married and has a child in kindergarten. There were rumors that one of the three women in his WeChat correspondence was actually a Sun Yat-sen University student.
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The university issued a statement (in Chinese) on July 8, announcing that it had suspended Wang from his teaching position and created a team to carry out a thorough investigation. Calling Wang’s blunder “a serious teaching accident” that had violated its discipline regulations, the university said that the decision was in line with its “zero tolerance policy” for inappropriate behavior by faculty members.