The Xi’an Institute of Technology, according to the report from GamesInAsia, threatened that if the students in its engineering program didn’t work as interns for Foxconn, assembling PS4s, they would be docked six course credits, effectively killing all hope for graduating.
The report claims that students were saying they had been working the same hours as regular employees, but they were not being paid.
Sony, in a statement made to MCV-UK, said they had not found any evidence of that Foxconn had broken the company’s supplier code of conduct.
“We understand Foxconn (to) fully comprehend and comply with this ‘Sony Supplier Code of Conduct,’” the statement read.
The Sony Supplier Code of Conduct, established in June 2005, ensures all company suppliers adhere to “applicable laws, work ethics, labor conditions and respect for human rights, environmental conservation and health and safety.”
In a statement given to Quartz, Foxconn responded to the report, saying that “immediate actions” had been taken to ensure the violation wouldn’t happen again.
“Immediate actions have been taken to bring that campus into full compliance with our code and policies, reinforcing the policies of no overtime and no night shifts for student interns, even though such work is voluntary, and reminding all interns of their rights to terminate their participation in the program at any time,” the Foxconn statement said.