An outside investigation has found Columbia / Teachers College Professor Madonna Constantine guilty of numerous instances of plagiarism, says The Spec. You might be wondering: why is this important, except as yet another footnote to the Ivy League’s plagiarism epidemic?
Well, as always, there’s a twist: this is the selfsame Professor Constantine who found a noose – a very racist noose – on her door back in October, sparking all sorts of protests and recriminations about Columbia’s racial insensitivity. It was a pretty big deal.
According to a Teachers College memo, Constantine is guilty of more than an isolated instance of plagiarism:
The investigation, which began in 2006, was prompted by complaints from students and one former faculty member who said language from materials they wrote was included without attribution in the articles…[We] found numerous instances in which she [Constantine] used others’ work without attribution in papers she published in academic journals over the past five years.”
As insensitive jerks, we’ve got to ask the question: did Constantine hang her own noose (literally and figuratively) to take the heat off the plagiarism charges? Might we be seeing a redux of the Francisco Nava affair, except this time by someone on the Left?