PlusProfessor Who Found Noose Fired for PlagiarismProfessor Who Found Noose Fired for PlagiarismThe Associated PressA Columbia University professor who drew widespread attention when a noose was discovered hanging from her office door has been fired over allegations of plagiarism. (June 24)LAST FALL — WHEN A NOOSE WAS DISCOVERED ON THE DOOR OF A COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR — IT PROMPTED A LOUD PROTEST ON CAMPUS. [Notes:NATS -- PROTESTING] BUT NOW THE PROFESSOR AT THE CENTER OF THE CONTROVERSY — MADONNA CONSTANTINE — HAS BEEN FIRED OVER ALLEGATIONS OF PLAGIARISM. [Notes:FILE OF PROTEST]ADMINISTRATORS AT COLUMBIA’S TEACHERS COLLEGE SAY DURING THE PAST FIVE YEARS SHE used the work of others without attribution in ARTICLES THAT WERE published in academic journals.THEY ALSO SAY SHE OBSTRUCTED THE SCHOOL’S INVESTIGATION OF THE NOOSE INCIDENT — WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN SOLVED. [Notes:FILE] THE PLAGIARISM INVESTIGATION BEGAN TWO YEARS AGO — LONG BEFORE THE NOOSE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE.CONSTANTINE WAS A TENURED PROFESSOR WHO HAD WRITTEN EXTENSIVELY ABOUT RACE.EARLY ON — POLICE SAID THEY DID NOT BELIEVE CONSTANTINE HUNG THE ROPE HERSELF — AND A GRAND JURY CONTINUES TO INVESTIGATE THE INCIDENT. [Notes:SOT -- CONSTANTINE SOT FROM PROTEST]‘i’m upset that our community has been exposed to such an unbelievably vile incident…i would like us to stay strong in the face of such a blatant act of racism.’ HER ATTORNEY CALLS THE FIRING ‘PURELY RETALIATORY’ — AND SAYS SHE HAS UNTIL MID-JULY TO DECIDE WHETHER TO CHALLENGE THE DISMISSAL. ___ ___, The Associated Press.
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