Chinese Canadian Comp Sci Prof. asks students to write a program: “Will a rape victim commit suicide?”

Dr. Shieh with a graduate student.
Dr. Shieh (left) with a graduate student.

Dr. John S. Shieh, a computer science professor at Newfoundland’s Memorial University, is in hot water after asking his student’s to write an algorithm that determines whether or not a rape victim will kill herself after cyber-bullying. Here is an image of the exam question from Jezebel:

An image of the exam question.
An image of the exam question.

Giving Shieh the benefit of a doubt, perhaps this was a ripped-from-the-headlines effort by the professor to engage his students in contemporary social issues. Giving Shieh the benefit of a doubt, perhaps this was an effort to show how programming concepts can be broadly applied to the real world.

Yeah, no. It’s not.

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