For students, plagiarism in academia is a big deal. For professors, eh, not so much.
In every college course, the definition and repercussions of plagiarism are clearly outlined. In may schools even plagiarizing a paper one time can result in serious academic discipline.
Campus Reform reports that a Miami Dade College professor, Isabel del Pino-Allen, reported the plagiarism in a textbook she co-wrote with four other professors. In fact, an internal review found four instances of plagiarism in the textbook.
So what happened? It was swept under the rug. When Campus Reform asked Pino-Allen about the plagiarism, the administration intervened and denied anything was wrong.
“This issue is closed, as far as we are concerned. There was no finding of plagiarism. Therefore, we have no further comment on this matter,” Juan Mendieta, director of communications at MDC, told Campus Reform.
Mendieta did confirm that “[b]ased on the review, no employee was reprimanded.”
Pino-Allen did respond and said Miami Dade College swept the case under the rug.
“[T]he faculty union and the MDC administration have an unusually ‘close’ relationship,” she said. “The union routinely tells the faculty members…that the administration is out to get them and if it weren’t for [the union] we would be fired or we would have horrible working conditions.”
Stange how unions always seem to muck things up these days, isn’t it?