Madonna Constantine, professor of psychology and education at Columbia’s Teachers College, has been sanctioned for plagiarism. Constantine was previously involved in a controversy over a noose found on her door.
The faculty committee found two dozen cases of lifted language in papers by Constantine. The professor in turn has accused the university of being “premature, vindictive, and mean-spirited.” She insisted that her due process rights were violated and suggested a racist motivation: “It is my opinion that this investigation, along with other incidents that have happened to me at Teachers College in recent months, point to a conspiracy and witch hunt by certain current and former members of the Teachers College community.”
The allegations were reviewed by an outside law firm as well as a panel of current and former professors at Teachers College. Notably, however, the school did not fire her in its sanction.
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