Columbia Prof In Plagiarism Scandal


Columbia University has sanctioned a psychology/education professor for plagiarism in a scandal that was aired last week on CNN.

justice.pngThe professor, Madonna Constantine, was not dismissed although the university recorded two dozen cases where Constantine lifted material from a former teacher as well as from two of her former students.

Noose Story: A Distraction?

Constantine is the same professor who notified the school last fall when a noose was found hanging from her door. It turns out that the noose might have been placed there as a distraction to the university’s investigation which began in 2006 and concluded this past December.

The professor is claiming that she is innocent and is accusing the university of conducting a witch hunt with their investigation.

Plagiarism In Academia

Plagiarism has long been a problem in academia, but almost always with students who failed to give credit by citing sources or lifting material at will.

Last week on her Guardienne of the Tomes blog, Colleen wrote in her Down and Dirty: Plagiarism that Ohio University’s engineering department was recently embroiled in a scandal when it was revealed that masters and doctoral students were actively encouraged to plagiarize when working on their theses and dissertations.

Colleen went on to call plagiarism what it really is: fraud and has vowed that she will never send her future children to Columbia as long as they handle plagiarism in this way. Indeed, for far lesser crimes many professors and teachers have been fired.

What’s up with that, Columbia?!

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