Monday, December 10, 2012

On blaming graduate students for plagiarism

IPBiz got a chuckle out of the post by Karen M. Markin titled Plagiarism in Grant Proposals with the text

Nor will blaming your graduate students work. That's a common but unacceptable excuse. If you are listed as the principal investigator on the grant, you are responsible for its content. "All too often students become a convenient scapegoat for faculty members," stated an NSF report to Congress in 2011 on the agency's civil and criminal investigations.

See the IPBiz post of 3 December 2012 (one week ago titled
Discussion of faculty plagiarism at the University of Central Florida [UCF]
), which included the text

Of the three, Henry Daniell, professor of biotechnology, asserted graduate students were responsible for the citation errors, and was found not guilty. Since the charges, Daniell has received three major grants totaling $7 million: one from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for research on a pill-form polio vaccine, one from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and $5.5 million from the National Institutes of Health for hemophilia research in partnership with the University of Florida.


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