Scandal-plagued Plzeň law faculty will have to close its doors
The scandal-plagued Plzeň faculty of law appears to have come to the end of the road. On Wednesday the Czech Accreditation Commission announced that the West-Bohemian law faculty’s undergraduate programme had failed to pass muster and its accreditation would not be extended past this autumn. On Thursday some 300 of the faculty’s 2,000 students gathered outside their school to protest against the decision and have appealed to Education Minister Josef Dobeš to intervene. However their chances of success are meager, since under Czech law the minister is not in a position to question the verdict of the accreditation commission. We spoke to its chairwoman prof. Vladimíra Dvořáková to find out what was behind the commission’s decision.
“I have to say that after 2009 (when the school was hit by a scandal involving plagiarism and fast-track degrees) with the arrival of a new staff at the faculty it looked like there was a good chance the faculty could turn-around the situation and restart its activities. It is a great pity and I am very sorry to say that in the course of the last year or year and a half the situation was not consolidated. There were many internal conflicts that led to some leading personalities at the faculty leaving. There were attempts to get new professors, associate professors and experts but more-or-less we do not see a very strong perspective and ability of the faculty to re-start and reach a level that a masters programme would require.”
So apart from lacking qualified staff, I understand that they are not publishing enough, there are not many requests for grants and signs of academic activity. Is that right?
So is this the end of the road for the faculty? What will happen to its students?