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Esquivel’s right to a hearing will be guaranteed: UNAM

Fernando Camacho Servin

Newspaper La Jornada
Wednesday, January 25, 2023, p. 13

The space that the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) will open for Minister Yasmín Esquivel to defend herself against accusations of plagiarism is part of the due process in the investigation carried out by the highest house of studies and will be in charge of the University Ethics Committee, confirmed people close to the subject.

Consulted by this newspaper to find out what the nature and procedures of said forum would be, announced on Monday by the rector Enrique Graue Wiechers, the sources indicated that this space would guarantee the right of audience of the magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation.

After clarifying that this process is independent of the one carried out by the Integrity Committee of the Faculty of Higher Studies (FES) Aragón – which resolved on January 11 that Esquivel would have been responsible for plagiarism –, the people who spoke with the day They pointed out that there is still no date for the hearing nor is the format in which it would take place known.

Similarly, they recalled that Esquivel asked for her right to be received by the FES Aragón committee a few minutes before the resolution was announced of that body, despite the fact that he was asked several days in advance to send all the documents he wanted to provide on the case.

Meanwhile, yesterday the general director of Guidance and Educational Attention of the UNAM, Germán Álvarez Díaz de León, defended the actions of rector Graue in this case, while denouncing that the institution is suffering cowardly attacks from your enemies.

Slanders and attacks

During the 2022 Baccalaureate University Knowledge Olympiad award ceremony, the official took the opportunity to warn that these enemies, whom he defined as vultures of the rectory associationthey’ve tried discredit UNAM through slander and unjustified attacks.

The greatness of the educational institution, he asserted amid applause, It is not an ill-gotten thesis or the cowardly attacks of those who attack us. You have to be very blind not to see everything that our University does. That is why its prestige does not come from right now or from a person, but from what we all do on a daily basis..

In the same tone, Álvarez stressed: “Those who attack us are blind and deaf to rational arguments. They imagine a legislation and a regulation that does not exist, that allows – without due process – summary and hasty judgments that please external pressures, ambitions and hidden motivations and whims of detractors ”, whom he accused of erect artificial smokescreens to hide other national problems.

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