Friday, September 02, 2011

UNC prof who missed McAdoo plagiarism had law degree from Duke

IPBiz reported on the flagrant McAdoo plagiarism at the University of North Carolina in the post
McAdoo matter at UNC: where was the professor in all this and why didn't he find the plagiarism himself?

Now, The News & Observer reports:

UNC-CH Chancellor Holden Thorp said in a statement that Julius Nyang'oro, who headed the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, has resigned as the university looks at "possible irregularities with courses that included undergraduate students." (...)

Nyang'oro's handling of two football players who took his classes also has drawn attention. He missed a blatant case of plagiarism in a paper submitted by one football player, Michael McAdoo, who was later given an F in the class by the university's honor court.

His department allowed incoming freshman Marvin Austin, a prized recruit, to take a 400-level class taught by Nyang'oro before Austin had taken introductory classes that included a remedial writing class. Austin received a B plus.

Specifically, Nyang'oro has resigned as department chair, not as professor. The article notes: Nyang'oro, 56, has a law degree from Duke University.

**Of the law angle, recall the comments of Professor Dershowitz of Harvard, reported in an IPBiz post in September 2004:

from "The Record" at Harvard Law

-->Dean Velvel's weblog has become a focal point of sorts over the recent plagiarism scandals. Tribe is not the only distinguished legal scholar who has corresponded with Velvel. HLS Professor Alan Dershowitz became the subject of Dean Velvel's scrutiny over comments made to the media. Seizing upon Dershowitz's public mention of "cultural differences" between the legal profession (where judges routinely take the work of lawyers and clerks in writing their opinions) and the rest of academia, Dean Velvel expressed disbelief that Dershowitz would make such a distinction the basis for an excuse.


from Education and Plagiarism

President Obama's current candidate for the US Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, while Law School Dean at Harvard, was criticized for giving famous faculty members, including Lawrence Tribe, Alan Dershowitz and Charles Ogletree, a pass for alleged plagiarism while expelling students for similar violations of Harvard's code of honor.


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