Harvard's Gay Resigns Following New Allegations Of Plagiarism, Shortest Presidential Tenure In History

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by Tyler Durden
Tuesday, Jan 02, 2024 - 06:02 PM

Update (1305ET): Aaaaand, she's out.

After weeks of mounting evidence that Harvard President Claudine Gay essentially plagiarized her way to the top, Gay announced on Tuesday that she is resigning Tuesday afternoon, the Harvard Crimson reports.

Gay’s resignation — just six months and two days into the presidency — comes amid growing allegations of plagiarism and lasting doubts over her ability to respond to antisemitism on campus after her disastrous congressional testimony Dec. 5.

Gay weathered scandal after scandal over her brief tenure, facing national backlash for her administration’s response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack and allegations of plagiarism in her scholarly work.

The resignation makes Gay's tenure the shortest in the history of the university. Gay is expected to make a statement about the decision, which came three weeks after the Harvard Corporation - the university's highest governing body - announced unanimous support for Gay after "extensive deliberations."

Sounds like they weren't extensive enough.

Which leaves just one question; how did Gay manage to write something without obvious plagiarism?

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Scandal plagued Harvard President Claudine Gay has been hit with an additional six allegations of plagiarism Monday night in a complaint filed with the university, the Washington Free Beacon's Aaron Sibarium reports.

This brings the number of allegations against Gay to just under 50 - with seven of Gay's 17 published works already impacted by the scandal, and now, an eighth!

In a 2001 article, Gay lifts nearly half a page of material verbatim from another scholar, David Canon, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin.  

That article, "The Effect of Minority Districts and Minority Representation on Political Participation in California," includes some of the most extreme and clear-cut cases of plagiarism yet. At one point, Gay borrows four sentences from Canon’s 1999 book, Race, Redistricting, and Representation: The Unintended Consequences of Black Majority Districts, without quotation marks and with only minor semantic tweaks. She does not cite Canon anywhere in or near the passage, though he does appear in the bibliography. -Free Beacon

Via the Washington Free Beacon

While Gay's footnotes are copied verbatim from Canon's endnotes. 

Canon, pledging fealty, insisted that Gay had done nothing wrong.

"I am not at all concerned about the passages," he told the Beacon. "This isn't even close to an example of academic plagiarism."

Oh really?

As journalist Paul Thacker of The Disinformation Chronicle reports, students are held to a much higher standard than Claudine Gay and other academics caught plagiarizing.

In just one example, Thacker found a Yale professor who literally sighed their name to a GalaxoSmithKline paper to promote Paxil.

To ensure the professor erased the PR company’s writing involvement, STI prompted her on the cover page: “STI Cover Page – To be removed before submission.”

Thacker then lists over a dozen examples of plagiarism and other malarkey he collected from universities in the United States and Canada.

For example...

Head on over to The Disinformation Chronicle to check them out.