Register a complaint of serious misconduct against Jiawen Zhang with the University of QLD

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On November 14, 2018, Jiawen Zhang, an international student studying engineering at the University of Queensland, mercilessly mutilated and tortured a baby female kitten which was trying to escape from his back yard with her mother.

On February 12, 2019, Jiawen Zhang pleaded guilty to serious animal cruelty in Brisbane Magistrates Court and was sentenced to 6 months in prison with immediate parole.  Magistrate Terry Gardner called his actions "cruel, callous, and deliberate".

I personally intend to register a complaint of serious general misconduct against Jiawen Zhang with the Academic Registrar of UQ in accordance with section 6.2.2 (b) of their Student Integrity and Misconduct policy (doc# 3.60.04a).  The purpose of this petition is to add weight to that complaint by demonstrating that the community considers this a serious offence.  I hope to convince the Disciplinary Board that the offence committed by Jiawen Zhang is of such a serious nature that they impose a penalty for level 3 general misconduct in accordance with section 8.9(c) of their policy.

On November 14, 2018, Jiawen Zhang stole the kitten from its mother and threw it in his sharehouse oven while it was still hot.  The kitten's fur was burnt off as she scratched to get out, and she also suffered significant burns to her belly, paws, and legs.  Zhang then took the kitten to his room where he began ripping her teeth out, and cutting off her toes with nail clippers, causing significant bleeding.  He then took the kitten to his bathroom and attempted to drown her by flushing her down the toilet.  Thankfully, he was caught in the act by one of his housemates who had just arrived home.  Zhang then tried to get rid of the kitten by throwing her into nearby bushes at his property, but due to the severity of her injuries, the kitten was unable to move.  His housemates called police and the kitten was taken to Toowong Family Vet for treatment, which ultimately saved her life.

The kitten will have ongoing health issues due to the trauma she sustained from this savage, cowardly assault.

I believe that the community will agree that this level of cruelty toward any animal is absolutely unacceptable.  I urge the community to join me and add their voices to my complaint to the Academic Registrar of the University of Queensland, let the administrators of UQ know that we are closely watching their response to this incident.  They must be made aware that we consider their response a reflection of their attitude towards animal cruelty, and towards community standards of conduct in general.

If you wish to contact the University directly in relation to this matter, the person you should contact is Mr. Mark Erickson -