Columbia Prof in Noose Case Plagiarized Her Students

She calls school probe a racist conspiracy
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2008 5:21 PM CST
Columbia Prof in Noose Case Plagiarized Her Students
People attend a protest rally at Teachers College at Columbia University, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, in New York, one day after Professor Madonna Constantine, who is black, discovered a hangman's noose on her office door at the college. An investigation says that Constantine plagiarized student work....   (Associated Press)

The Columbia professor who made headlines when she found a noose on her office door has plagiarized from students and another professor, the school says. The university’s Teachers College found two dozen instances in which Madonna Constantine stole from other's works in articles published under her name. Constantine, who's been given an unspecified punishment, calls the charges “structural racism,” reports the New York Post.

“As one of only two tenured black women full professors at Teachers College, it pains me to conclude that I have been specifically and systematically targeted,” said Constantine. But two students insist that the professor stole material. “It was unbelievable to me to see my own work published by someone else,” said one. The 18-month investigation began before the noose incident. (Read more Madonna Constantine stories.)

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