Dongshin University has been found guilty of giving preferential treatment to Highlight's Kikwang, Junhyung, Doojoon, B2ST's Hyunseung, BTOB's Eunkwang, Sungjae, and folk singer Choo Ga Yeol.
The Ministry of Education held their hearing on Dongshin University and Busan Kyungsang University on the 14th. During the hearing, Dongshin University admitted that the celebrity students were marked present even though they were not in class by taking in broadcast activities as attendance. However, there were no protocols for such before 2015, or any regulations that students could take attendance some other way. The Ministry of Education decided that their attendance could not be accepted.
Choo Ga Yeol especially was lecturing as a professor even though he did not have a graduate degree. His time on supposedly attending class lectures overlapped with his lecturing schedule, and he could not have been in class. He will not only lose his degree, but also his status as a professor.
The Ministry of education has decided to cancel the degrees of all 7 students. The university itself has been required to serve severe penalties to 1 student, mild penalties to 9 students, and warnings to 6 students.