Quest ‘Courant’ Op-Ed Plagiarized Work

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By: Noreen Gillespie, Associated Press Writer

(AP) The president of Central Connecticut State University plagiarized work that appeared in The Hartford Courant, the newspaper said Tuesday.

In a published apology, the newspaper said a reader drew editors’ attention to similarities between an op-ed piece written by Richard C. Judd and other material including an editorial that appeared in The New York Times.

“The Courant should not have published this article and would not have had it known about this unacceptable borrowing of language,” wrote John J. Zakarian, the Courant’s editorial page editor.

Judd’s Feb. 26 piece discussed the road to peace between the Greek majority and Turkish minority on the island of Cyprus. The two sides have been sparring for decades. CCSU is involved with Cyprus because it has a faculty-student exchange arrangement with Eastern Mediterranean University there, said Mark McLaughlin, a university spokesman.

The university’s board of trustees is analyzing the article, and if the accusations are proven, Judd could face a range of sanctions that includes removal from office, said William Cibes, chancellor of the Connecticut State University system.

“Academic misconduct strikes at the heart of academic integrity, which is one of the highest values we have in academic life,” Cibes said. “They’re taking it very seriously.”

Judd was overseas on university business and was unavailable for comment, but Judd told the newspaper editors he had consulted numerous sources in preparing a speech that went on to become the basis for the submitted article.

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