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College Students
A 2002 survey by the Josephson Institute of Ethics of 12,000 high-school students found that 74 percent of students had cheated on an exam at least once in the previous year. Experts say students who cheat aren’t just scribbling tiny crib sheets anymore. They’re using their cell phones to instant message questions and answers or storing notes on their graphing calculators.
(2004, Jan. 9). “Eye on Cheaters.” Current Events

Reports on the growing number of college students that admitted taking material from web sites and pasting it into their writing assignments without attribution, according to a poll conducted by Rutgers University on college students in various universities across the U.S. in November 2003.
(2003, Nov.). “Web Plagiarism Keeps Rising.” Curriculum Review

Harvard University reportedly withdraws its offer of admission to a high school Valedictorian who admitted plagiarizing in columns written for her local newspaper. Student says she thought the way she wrote the articles was appropriate.
Bombardieri, M. (2003, July 12). “Harvard Said to Revoke Admission.” The Boston Globe.

It all began with term papers for a physics class. It ended with the withdrawal or dismissal of 48 students and rescinding 3 degrees.
Kahn, C. (2002, November 25). “UVA Plagiarism Scandal Ends with 48 Students Dismissed.” The Associated Press State and Local Wire.

University Administrators and Scholars
In a Cambridge, England physics laboratory, at least eight papers written between 1997 and 2001 by Yung Park, a materials scientist who worked at the University of Cambridge, England and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, are plagiarized, according to documents examined by the journal Nature. Four of the plagiarized papers have been removed from online journals, or marked as plagiarisms.
Giles, Jim (2004, Jan. 1). “Plagiarism in Cambridge Physics Lab Prompts Calls for Guidelines.” Nature

The frequency of plagiarism is increasing in the nursing profession, as nurses, especially those in academia, are encouraged to write. Pressure to publish can lead to plagiarism, whether inadvertent or not. Cronin discusses the problem of plagiarism and provides tips on how to avoid it.
Cronin, Sherill Nones (2003, Nov./Dec.). “The Problem of Plagiarism.” Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing

The United States Naval Academy demoted a history professor whose book on the creation of the atomic bomb contained dozens of uncredited passages identical or nearly identical to those in the works of at least four other authors. The book, Pandora’s Keepers: Nine Men and the Atomic Bomb, by Brian VanDeMark, “included a number of instances of improper borrowing and inadequate paraphrasing.” Mr. VanDeMark was stripped of his position as a tenured associate professor and given a new title of entry-level assistant professor, and his pay was cut by at least $10,000 a year.
Steinberg, Jacques (2003, Oct. 29). “U.S. Naval Academy Demotes Professor Over Copied Work.” New York Times–Late Edition

This article discusses the decision of the U.S. Naval Academy to demote Professor Brian Van DeMark for alleged plagiarism of material in his book about the development of the atomic bomb, especially VanDeMark’s claim that it was unintentional.
Bartlett, Thomas (2003, Nov. 7). “Naval Academy Demotes Professor Accused of Plagiarism in a Book on the A-Bomb.” Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle reports that the essay “Probing for Plagiarism in the Virtual Classroom,” by Lindsey S. Hamlin, which appeared on the Syllabus Web site in May 2003, appeared identical to the article “Maintaining Academic Integrity in Online Education,” written by Michael Heberling, which appeared in spring 2002 in the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration.
Carnevale, Dan (2003, June 20). “Magazine’s Essay on Plagiarism Appears to Have Copied Parts of Another.” Chronicle of Higher Education

The president of Hamilton College (Clinton, NY) resigned after admitting he plagiarized parts of speeches made during his employment there.
Isserman, M. (2003, May 2). “Plagiarism: a Lie of the Mind.” The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Rock Musicians
Andre Young continues to face charges of plagiarizing music. He’s already shelled out more than 1.5M in two previous lawsuits.
Lehmann, J. (2003, July 14). “Dr. Dre Fighting New Rip-off Rap.” The New York Post.

Discusses a court case between Michael Bolton, Andrew Goldmark and Sony Music Publishing against the Isley Brothers, and explains how the Isley Brothers accused Bolton of plagiarism, and how the United States Supreme Court rejected Bolton’s appeal to hear the case.
Saxe, Frank (2001, Feb. 3) “Bolton Loses Court Fight with Isleys.” Billboard

This article reports that Michael Jackson was found guilty of plagiarism by Rome, Italy magistrates in May 1999, in that he plagiarized the song “I Cigni Di Balaka” when writing his “Will You Be There.”
Dezzani, Mark (1999, May 29) “Michael Jackson Found Guilty In Italy Of Plagiarizing Song.” Billboard

News Reporters
After a seven-month inquiry into the accuracy of several articles by Jack Kelley, a former foreign correspondent, USA Today stated it had “serious concerns” about another of his dispatches.
Steinberg, Jacques. (2004, Jan. 14). “USA Today’s Investigation Of Writer Raises Concerns.” New York Times

—. (2004, Jan. 14). “Inquiry Says a Reporter ‘Misled’ U.S. Newspaper: Questions Tarnish a Pulitzer Prize Finalist.”International Herald Tribune

UPDATE: The Associated Press. (2004, March 19). “USA Today Says Reporter Falsified Major Stories” MSNBC

Bill Keller, a New York Times columnist and former managing editor, was named executive editor Monday, replacing Howell Raines, who was ousted after the Jayson Blair plagiarism scandal.
Rose, Matthew, and Laurie P. Cohen. (2003, July 15). “Keller Named Times Editor.” USA Today

Reports on the resignation of New York Times Editor Howell Raines and Managing Editor Gerald M. Boyd following the scandal over Jayson Blair’s plagiarism.
(2003, June 6). “Amid Turmoil, Top Editors Resign at New York Times.” Wall Street Journal–Eastern Edition

Glenn Rice had served as treasurer of the National Association of Black Journalists until its Media Monitoring Committee learned of the disciplinary action taken by his employer, the Kansas City Star, in 2002.
Stafford, M. (2003, July 8). “Star Reporter Resigns from NABJ After Being Disciplined for Plagiarism.” The Associated Press State & Local Wire.

Summarizes the scandal surrounding the New York Times reporter, Jayson Blair, which began with the discovery of plagiarized copy from a San Antonio Express-News article. The Time’s own investigation found 36 errors in 76 articles Blair wrote for the paper in a 7 month period.
Gibbs, N., Morse, J., Thomas, C.B., Novak, V. (2003, May 19). “Reading Between the Lines.” Time.

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