'Distinguished' No Longer

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Fallout continues from a plagiarism saga at Ohio University that has clouded the reputation of the university's engineering college. Earlier this month, Roderick J. McDavis, Ohio's president, for the first time in the institution's history rescinded the title of "distinguished professor," a high academic honor that had been given to engineering professor Jay S. Gunasekera years earlier for his research, teaching and service.

'Originality, Imitation and Plagiarism'

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The fire and brimstone approach to preventing plagiarism has failed to promote either understanding of ideas of academic integrity or its practice, according to many essays in a new collection, Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism: Teaching Writing in the Digital Age. The book, just published by the University of Michigan Press, features essays on how these issues play out in different disciplines and a mix of philosophical and practical approaches to an

Winning Hearts and Minds in War on Plagiarism

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To many writing instructors, going nuclear (expulsion threats) or high tech (detection software) have failed to stop cheating. So they aim for small victories, through new approaches to teaching about academic integrity.

Buying Its Way Onto the Program?

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Cite Check

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A scholarly paper finds that a significant proportion of academic citations are faulty, suggesting that many researchers don't read the articles they reference.

Missing Attribution in Controversial Book

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Amid criticism, Penn Press says author of much-discussed work on terror networks will in the future formally acknowledge two sources absent in current edition.

Arrivederci, Tenure

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Italian professor at Wesleyan U. solves a 500-year-old murder mystery but, after receiving faculty backing, can't figure out why he was denied tenure.

Vigilante Justice on Plagiarism

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At Texas A&M International, an instructor told students he would fail and publicly humiliate them if they engaged in academic dishonesty. They did and he did -- so the university fired him.

Professor Wins Chance to Clear Name

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Appeals court says Ohio U. officials must defend decision to strip graduate rank from an engineering faculty member and give him a public hearing; case emerged from plagiarism controversy.

A President Retires, and Plagiarism Probe Ends

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University of Texas announces that no purpose would be served by looking into allegations that raised questions about the dissertation of the leader of the Pan American campus.


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