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Harvard faces Friday deadline to respond to House on plagiarism scandal

today 12/30/2023
Harvard University President Claudine Gay is facing a plagiarism controversy, and lawmakers have demanded wide-ranging documents from the university regarding the allegations. Harvard is expected to respond to the House Education and Workforce Committee by Friday, providing new details on the allegations and the university's response. Representative Virginia Foxx, the Republican chair of the committee, sent a letter to Penny Pritzker, a senior fellow of Harvard Corporation, demanding information on Harvard's response to the plagiarism allegations. The letter requested a written response by December 29, including documents related to the initial allegations, the independent review of Gay's scholarship, and the university's public response to media inquiries. Harvard is also asked to provide documents pertaining to its performance on academic honesty and any disciplinary actions taken against faculty or students for research misconduct or academic integrity violations. Critics argue that there is a double standard on plagiarism at Harvard, where students are held to one set of rules and the university president to another. Last week, Gay announced plans to submit corrections to her 1997 PhD dissertation and scholarly articles she wrote in the 2000s to address instances of inadequate citation. Harvard considers these corrections regrettable but not research misconduct. Experts have varying opinions on the punishment for Gay, with none advocating for her outright firing, as it is rare for academics or students to be expelled for plagiarism.
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