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Harvard Accused Of ‘Redefining’ Plagiarism To Protect Embattled President Claudine Gay

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Scholar and political scientist Carol Swain has called for Harvard President Claudine Gay to step down after an investigation found “instances of inadequate citation” in her academic writings.

Swain accused Gay of plagiarism and criticized Harvard’s decision to stand by her, stating that it harms academia and everyone who has worked hard in their academic pursuits. (Trending: Here Are The Most Disturbing Ways Hunter Biden Spent His Millions)

“Claudine Gay needs to step down,” demanded Swain.

“Obviously, the Harvard Corporation did not have the courage to fire its first Black president, someone who should never have been elevated in the first place.”

According to The Washington Free Beacon, Gay “paraphrased or quoted nearly 20 authors—including two of her colleagues in Harvard University’s department of government—without proper attribution,” during her career.

The Manhattan Institute’s Christopher Rufo and journalist Christopher Brunet also published sections of her Ph.D. dissertation that appear to “violate Harvard’s own stated policies on academic integrity.”

Rufo and Brunet also allege Gay stole sections of Swain’s book “Black Faces, Black Interests” without “citation of any kind.”

“Given the fact that they did not fire her, the right thing for her to do is to step down,” Swain said.

“I hope that the pressure doesn’t relent until she does that because she’s harming academia, she’s harming Black people,” insisted Swain.

“She’s harming everyone who had to work and earn their way in academia,” she continued.

Adding, “And it doesn’t matter whether or not you are a professor or you are a journalist or in a field where you had to get a college degree. It was expected that you would write your papers and that you wouldn’t engage in plagiarism.”

Swain also objected to the language used in the statement supporting Gay, believing that Harvard is attempting to redefine plagiarism to protect her.

“With regard to President Gay’s academic writings, the University became aware in late October of allegations regarding three articles,” said Swain.

“My blood pressure is rising today because of Harvard University’s decision that what she did doesn’t constitute plagiarism, and it doesn’t rise to the level of her removal,” lamented Swain.

“My message to Harvard University is you don’t get to redefine what is plagiarism. Most of us know what plagiarism is,” she added.

“What they have done is very demeaning to every person, not just racial and ethnic minorities, but anyone who has worked hard in school, who’s written papers, who’s tried to follow the guidelines,” continued the former Democrat.

“It is an insult to intelligence what Harvard University has done,” charged Swain.

The controversy has sparked a debate about academic integrity and the handling of plagiarism allegations at the university.

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