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Is Claudine Gay a Plagiarist?


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Christopher Rufo

The embattled Harvard president’s dissertation raises troubling questions.
Christopher F. Rufo and Christopher Brunet
Dec 10, 2023

Harvard president Claudine Gay has problems. Touted as the first black woman to run the nation’s most prestigious university, she assumed leadership with high expectations, but her tenure, which began this summer, has been mired in scandal. As dean and then president, Gay has been accused of bullying colleaguessuppressing free speech, overseeing a racist admissions program, and, following the Hamas terror campaign against Israel, failing to stand up to rampant anti-Semitism on campus.

We have obtained exclusive documentation demonstrating that President Gay may face yet another problem: plagiarism of sections of her Ph.D. dissertation, which would violate Harvard’s own stated policies on academic integrity. (We reached out to President Gay for comment, but received no response.)

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What should the consequences be for President Gay, given these violations? Some critics might object to any punishment, arguing that her dissertation is decades old, or that these instances of plagiarism appear to be highly technical, or even trivial. But the dissertation is the cornerstone of an academic career, and universities impose demanding standards of academic integrity, with severe consequences for violators. Harvard, in particular, has a strict policy on these matters. If a current Harvard student were to commit violations of the same nature as Gay’s, it would lead to “disciplinary action, up to and including requirement to withdraw from the College.” The same standard should apply to the university president.

In light of this troubling evidence, we call on Harvard’s Board of Overseers to conduct a full investigation into Claudine Gay’s academic integrity. The precedent for such violations has already been set at other institutions: the president of the University of South Carolina, for example, resigned for plagiarizing remarks he made in a commencement speech; and the president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges resigned due to plagiarism that he committed in part of his dissertation. Gay’s case should be treated with equal seriousness. If she has violated the code of academic conduct, she must resign—or get voted out by the board.

 

This article was part of a collaboration with journalist Christopher Brunet. Subscribe to his Substack for investigative stories on academic fraud and manipulation.

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2 hours ago, Valin said:

We reached out to President Gay for comment, but received no response.

She's still figuring out what "context" turns plagiarized words into original work.

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25 minutes ago, SDwaters said:

She's still figuring out what "context" turns plagiarized words into original work.

 

Thing is, This is Not Complicated. Just say/write so and so said This. You're covered.

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Harvard President Claudine Gay Responds To Mounting Plagiarism Allegations As Calls For Ouster Intensify
Amanda Prestigiacomo
Dec 11, 2023

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Notably, Gay is already facing mounting pressure to be removed since her shocking testimony during a Congressional hearing on anti-Semitism in colleges and universities.

“I stand by the integrity of my scholarship,” Gay told the Boston Globe, regarding the plagiarism allegations. “Throughout my career, I have worked to ensure my scholarship adheres to the highest academic standards.”

In addition to other questionable instances, Gay is accused of lifting “nearly verbatim” work from Lawrence Bobo and Franklin Gilliam in their paper called “Race, Sociopolitical Participation, and Black Empowerment.”

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BREAKING: The National Association of Scholars calls on Harvard to remove Claudine Gay as president of the university. The esteemed group notes Gay's "shoddy professional work," "record of plagiarism," and "promotion of racist policies." Momentum is building.
 
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'This is Definitely Plagiarism': Harvard University President Claudine Gay Copied Entire Paragraphs From Others’ Academic Work and Claimed Them as Her Own
Aaron Sibarium    
December 11, 2023

Harvard University president Claudine Gay plagiarized numerous academics over the course of her academic career, at times airlifting entire paragraphs and claiming them as her own work, according to reviews by several scholars.

In four papers published between 1993 and 2017, including her doctoral dissertation, Gay, a political scientist, paraphrased or quoted nearly 20 authors—including two of her colleagues in Harvard University’s department of government—without proper attribution, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis. Other examples of possible plagiarism, all from Gay’s dissertation, were publicized Sunday by the Manhattan Institute’s Christopher Rufo and Karlstack’s Chris Brunet.

The Free Beacon worked with nearly a dozen scholars to analyze 29 potential cases of plagiarism. Most of them said that Gay had violated a core principle of academic integrity as well as Harvard’s own anti-plagiarism policies, which state that "it's not enough to change a few words here and there."

Rather, scholars are expected to cite the sources of their work, including when paraphrasing, and to use quotation marks when quoting directly from others. But in at least 10 instances, Gay lifted full sentences—even entire paragraphs—with just a word or two tweaked.

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Dec 12, 2023

Megyn Kelly begins the show by discussing Harvard President Claudine Gay, the calls for her to resign after evidence of plagiarism, her focus on DEI and race, her lack of defense for Jewish students and the anti-Semitism on campus, the hypocritical woke nonsense at top universities, and more.

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Dec 12, 2023

Megyn Kelly is joined by The Daily Wire's Andrew Klavan, author of "The House of Love and Death," to discuss the hypocrisy of those defending Claudine Gay on free speech now and all the past cancelations at Harvard when it comes to certain speech, the current state of free speech on college campuses, the DEI focus at Harvard and beyond, and more.

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Dec 14, 2023

Megyn Kelly is joined by Josh Holmes, Comfortably Smug, Michael Duncan, and John Ashbrook, hosts of The Ruthless Podcast, to talk about Harvard President Claudine Gay getting support after the plagiarism accusations from the corporate media, the double standard and hypocrisy of the press, the claims that criticism of her is "racism," and more.

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