House panel widens Harvard probe to include President Claudine Gay plagiarism charges

In order to find out the growing list of plagiarism charges against President Claudine Gay, House Republicans expanded their investigation into Harvard University. This raises concerns that the college is holding its students to a higher standard than its leadership.

Harvard Corporation have been asked for documents and communications related to its independent review of plagiarism charges broached in October as well as those unearthed in the last few weeks by House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx.

These reports provided to Harvard by a professor from another university includes 37-pages report and 40 plagiarism allegations, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

The committee has launched an investigation into antisemitism at Harvard after a December 5 hearing featuring Ms. Gay as well as then- University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill and Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Sally Kornbluth.

Harvard stood behind Ms. Gay who is first black and first female president of the university by addressing both the antisemitism and plagiarism issues in a December 12 statement.

Three articles written by Ms. Gay is taken into independent review by the Harvard Corporation and they said that, these articles shows a few instances of inadequate citation. But after the analysis it has been proved that there was no violation of Harvard’s standards for research misconduct.

Ms. Gay then voluntarily issued corrections to two of the articles. In her letter, Harvard’s federal funding being contingent upon its accreditation has been pointed out by Ms. Foxx.

The New England Commission of Higher Education has accredited Harvard which represents that a prerequisite for accreditation is that the university “works to prevent cheating and plagiarism as well as to deal forthrightly with any instances in which they occur.”

She also noticed that high academic and ethical standards is held by the students of Harvard. According to her, in the academic year 2020-21, 100 cases had been investigated by the Harvard honor council out of which 46 were resulted into academic probation or mandatory withdrawal.

The letter form the congresswoman has not been responded by the Harvard.

 

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