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U. of Arizona Reprimands Professor in Wake of Plagiarism Inquiry

The University of Arizona has reprimanded a professor after an investigation into allegations that she plagiarized the work of a former student, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

The student accused Susannah Dickinson, an assistant professor in Arizona’s School of Architecture, of lifting material from his master’s thesis and presenting it as her own work. Ms. Dickinson was the faculty adviser for the student’s thesis.

A university committee reviewed three allegations of plagiarism. Andrew C. Comrie, the university’s provost, described the committee’s findings in a letter to Arizona’s president, Ann Weaver Hart. He wrote that the university had found that the professor’s conduct had risen to the level of misconduct in the form of plagiarism in one of the cases. He determined that Ms. Dickinson should be issued a “formal admonishment” acknowledging the misconduct.

He said that although Ms. Dickinson’s infraction “was not necessarily severe, there is nevertheless a need to make her aware that research misconduct by its very nature is of serious concern and that it is treated as such by the University of Arizona.”

Ms. Dickinson declined to comment to the newspaper. A university spokeswoman told the newspaper that it could not discuss personnel matters, but added that the university “takes allegations of plagiarism and other research misconduct very seriously and follows the same process pertaining to such alleged research misconduct in every case.”

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