Thursday, June 2, 2011
A determination that a Binghamton University student had plagiarized a term paper for a history course was affirmed by the New York Appellate Division for the Third Judicial Department.
The accused student had submitted a "polished draft" of the paper that made the professor skeptical about the integrity of the submission. Although the source was never identified, the court found that the finding of plagiarism "was supported by a rational basis."
The student had produced the paper without settling on a topic less than three weeks prior to producing the draft and was "totally unprepared" to discuss the paper: "[t]he belief that [the student] was guilty of plagiarism was reinforced by his apparent inability to intelligently discuss many of the issues generated by these historical events, even though he had just completed the paper and finished his research."
The court also rejected claims that the school violated the student's due process rights. (Mike Frisch)