Professor jumps to death over university’s system to select president

Yonhap News
Written by Yonhap News

A Busan National University professor jumped to his death from a campus building Monday in an apparent suicide attempt, a university official said.

Ko Hyun-chul, a Korean literature professor, plunged from the fourth floor of the university headquarters around 3 p.m., said Seo Jin-joo, a university spokeswoman.

Ko was transfered to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead 20 minutes later.

She said Ko scattered papers before jumping from the building that read he was “willing to make a sacrifice for a true democracy.”

She said Ko was opposed to the university’s plan to switch to an indirect system to select its president. So far, professors have selected the head through a vote.

A nurse at the emergency room of a hospital where Ko was being treated declined to discuss Ko’s condition, citing confidentiality.

Repeated calls to police seeking comment went unanswered.


About the author

Yonhap News

Yonhap News

Yonhap News is South Korea's largest news agency based in Seoul.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Click here not to show this pop-up box again.