Chen Chih-chung would not have been an ordinary first-year student. He is the son of Taiwan’s former President, Chen Shui-bian, who served from 2000 to 2008. After leaving office in May, he was indicted for his alleged role in a large-scale embezzlement and money laundering scheme.
The younger Chen missed the Law School’s orientation when he flew home to cooperate with an inquiry into whether he played a role in the alleged criminal enterprise. Chen Chih-chung has since been added as a defendant in the investigation. The entire Chen family has steadfastly denied that they have engaged in any illegal activity.
What you may not know about is the extent to which the whole thing is continuing to stir up controversy (although it seems like it this point UVA may be basically off the hook . . . for now) - apparently some people are very skeptical of the money laundering prosecution thing of the ex-Pres, and even more skeptical of his son (Zhi-zhong), wife, and daughter's involvement, and even *more* skeptical of the university's involvement in the whole mess. Whoever wrote the article for the Law Weekly did a good job getting opinions of some of the current students: