Plagiarism: Who is doing it and what has happened to them?

Scholars:

  • Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Martin Arnold, "Historians Who Resort to Cutting and Pasting,"The New York Times, February 28, 2002, B1, B3

    Result: public censure

  • Historian Stephen Ambrose

    Martin Arnold, "Historians Who Resort to Cutting and Pasting,"The New York Times, February 28, 2002, B1, B3

    Result: public censure

Newspaper reporters:

  • San Francisco Chronicle Editor Dean Wakefield

    Dwight Garner, "Beg, Borrow, or Steal," Salon.com

    Result: fired from job

  • Associated Press Reporter Christopher Newton

    Felicity Barringer "Wire Service Says Reporter it Fired Inventer His Sources." The New York Times, October 22, 2002

    Result: fired from job

  • New York Times Reporter Jayson Blair

    Dan Barry et al. "CORRECTING THE RECORD; Times Reporter Who Resigned Leaves Long Trail of Deception." NYT May 11, 2003, Sunday

    Result: fired from job

College professors and presidents:

  • Hastings College President Richard E. Hoover

    Denise K. Magner, "Plagiarism Charge Prompts President of Hastings College to Retire," The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 3, 2000, A39.

    Result: retired under duress

  • SUNY-Albany Classics Chair Louis W. Roberts,

    Sharon Walsh, "SUNY-Albany Classicist Loses Chairmanship After Being Accused Of Plagiarism," The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 8, 2002, A12.

    Result: lost chairship

Politicians:

  • Delaware Senator Joseph Biden,

    accused of delivering, without attribution, passages from a speech by British Labor party leader Neil Kinnock during campaign speeches for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination.

    Joseph Biden's Plagiarism; Michael Dukakis's 'Attack Video' - 1988.

    Result: compromised presidential campaign

  • Prime Minister Tony Blair's Office,

    admitted copying material from published sources. "Jane's Information Group, the company that publishes journals and articles about military affairs, said three of its pieces had appeared uncredited in a British government dossier on Iraq."

    Group: Articles Copied in British Dossier, The Associate Press, February 8, 2003 New York Times

    Result: public embarrassment

College students:

Limited published information on specific students exists. Anecdotal evidence suggests that cheating in college is rampant. Studies suggest that colleges and universities with honor codes have less of a cheating problem then schools without them.

Donald McCabe and Linda Klebe Treviño. "Honesty and Honor Codes." Academe On-line. September-October 2002. Vol 88 #5.,

"New Research on Academic Integrity: The Success of 'modified' Honor Codes." College Administration Publications, Inc.,

Muha, Dave. "Cheating, When Students Cheat." Rutgers Focus. March 17,

"Maryland: 6 University Students Admit Cheating." The New York Times. Friday January 31, 2003 A19.

Results: failing grades for assignments and courses, expulsion from school

High school students:

Limited published information on specific students exists. Anecdotal evidence suggests that cheating in High school is rampant.

Brigid Schulte, "Cheatin', Writin' & 'Rithmetic", The Washington Post, September 15, 2002

Katie Hafner, "Lessons in the School of Cut and Paste", New York Times, June 28, 2001

Results: failing grades for assignments and courses