Harvard University president Claudine Gay accused of 40 plagiarisms in a new lawsuit

Claudine Gay, the embattled president of Harvard University, is the target of a new complaint containing more than 40 charges of plagiarism.

According to the 37-page dossier received by the Washington Free Beacon, Gay, a political scientist, allegedly quoted or paraphrased writers without proper citation in her academic writings, violating the Ivy League school’s rigorous guidelines.

According to the outlet, it independently verified the accuracy of the charges as well as the author’s identity — a distinguished professor at another university who requested anonymity out of fear of punishment.

“[I]t is impossible that your office has already reviewed the entirety of these materials, as many… have not previously been reported or submitted,” according to the complaint, which was filed with Harvard on Tuesday.

The University of Harvard did not immediately reply to The Washington Post’s request for comment on Wednesday.

Gay was accused of plagiarism earlier this month, with charges that she took other experts’ works in her 1997 PhD thesis and that four publications published between 1993 and 2017 lacked proper credit.

Carol Swain, a former Vanderbilt University political science professor, claims Gay plagiarized sections of her 1993 book “Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress,” as well as a 1997 piece titled “Women and Blacks in Congress: 1870-1996.”

Harvard University president Claudine Gay accused of 40 plagiarisms in a new lawsuit

“Ms. Gay had no problem riding on the coattails of people whose work she used without proper attribution,” she wrote in a Wall Street Journal essay. Many of the people whose work she stole aren’t as angry as I am. They are elites who have reaped the benefits of a system that defends its own.”

Following the charges, The Washington Post uncovered how Harvard covered up a weeks-long probe into whether Gay had used the work of other researchers without attributing it and recruited a bulldog legal firm to assist in covering it up.

The Harvard Corporation, the school’s top governing body, stated in a statement on December 12 that authorities became aware of plagiarism charges in late October and launched an independent investigation. They subsequently claimed to have discovered three instances of “inadequate citation” by Gay, but no misbehavior.

According to the business, Gay has the unanimous approval of the university’s board.

Gay defended her academic rigor in a statement to the Boston Globe, saying, “I stand by the integrity of my scholarship.” I have worked hard throughout my career to ensure that my scholarship meets the greatest academic requirements.”

Harvard University president Claudine Gay accused of 40 plagiarisms in a new lawsuit

According to the Harvard Crimson, the plagiarism charges have piqued the interest of Congress, with the House Committee on Education and the Workforce broadening an already-existing probe into antisemitism on college campuses to include the plagiarism allegations.

Gay was already under fire for her handling of antisemitic behavior on campus in the aftermath of the Oct. 7 Hamas terror assaults on Israel, as well as her replies at a separate congressional hearing about them, in which she declined to criticize Harvard students who called for the death of Jews.

“We embrace a commitment to free expression – even views that are objectionable, offensive [and] hateful,” Gay said at the hearing. “It’s when that speech crosses the line into conduct that violates our anti-bullying and harassment policies.” That speech did not break through that barrier.”

In the ensuing uproar, a bipartisan group of congressmen submitted a resolution demanding Gay quit, but the institution stood by her. Days after the October 7 incident, a guy in a Palestinian keffiyeh called Jews “Nazis” and “pigs” at Harvard, while students repeatedly waved placards declaring Israel a “apartheid state.”

Harvard is also being examined by the Department of Education for its treatment of antisemitism under Title VI, a rule that prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, or national origin in federally funded institutions.

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