Friday, July 25, 2014

Follow up: The most unkindest cut of all

Yesterday, we featured a posting on plagiarism.  (So I should tell you upfront that the title of this posting comes from Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar.")  Anyway, Inside Higher Ed today ran a follow up with links to news articles on the subject of Senator Walsh's indiscretion.  Among them was a Washington Post commentary suggesting that the (only) 14 page "thesis" which was partially plagiarized (unintentionally or due to PTSD according to Walsh), wasn't any good even if it was original.  Over the years, yours truly has told students that apart from the plagiarism itself, once it is found it opens the door to all sorts of unwanted attention.  The Walsh tale is an excellent example that other faculty may want to use.

You can find the Washington Post commentary at

The Inside Higher Ed piece is at

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