Radio Free Asia reported (March 11) that Sichuan International Studies University had issued an internal notice on March 8, to recruit student information officers. The notice stated that candidates will be managed and paid by the Chongqing City Public Security Bureau. Their responsibility will be to monitor security information on campus. Students who understand minority languages are preferred. The notice said that they will hire 3 student information officers for each department. It is believed that there is already one anonymous student information officer in each class to monitor speech by fellow classmates and professors. It said this initiative is to be able to monitor foreign students from the countries where such languages are spoken.

(Comment: Under Xi Jinping's directions, since 2017 there has been an elevated level of ideological control and surveillance on university campuses. The authorities have secretly deployed surveillance personnel in schools to monitor teachers’ speech in the classroom and student activities. Since 2019, dozens of teaching staff, including Tang Yun, a professor at Chongqing Normal University, have lost their teaching positions due to student informants. Professors are now highly alert and have had to self-censor their speech inside and outside the classroom.)   

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