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Harvard President Gay Requesting Three Corrections to Dissertation After School Found More ‘Duplicative Language’

Harvard President Gay Requesting Three Corrections to Dissertation After School Found More ‘Duplicative Language’

“Gay will also update citations in her dissertation to a 1990 paper by Lawrence Bobo and Franklin D. Gilliam — the same correction she requested for her 2001 article.”

The Harvard Crimson student newspaper revealed that President Claudine Gay will submit three additional corrections to her 1997 dissertation as she faces more plagiarism allegations.

This request makes seven corrections across her dissertation and two articles cited in the initial report about alleged plagiarism.

But it’s totes not serious for the once prestigious school:

The new corrections were announced Wednesday evening in a summary of a review undertaken by the Harvard Corporation — the University’s highest governing body — into Gay’s academic work after they became aware of the plagiarism allegations.

The additional corrections come less than one week after the University announced that Gay submitted four corrections across two articles that were the subjects of the Corporation’s initial review.

The review — by both an independent panel of three experts and a subcommittee of the Harvard Corporation — found evidence that Gay did not cite properly in some instances but that her actions fell short of more serious wrongdoing, according to the summary.

The college paper obtained a copy of a summary late Wednesday evening detailing what will happen:

The University’s summary on Wednesday described the two additional instances found by the subcommittee as “duplicative language without appropriate attribution.”

According to the summary, Gay will submit three correction requests to Harvard’s Office of the Provost regarding her dissertation.

She will request to add “quotations and/or citations” that address language drawn from a paper presented by Bradley Palmquist and D. Stephen Voss at a 1996 conference and a 1981 American Political Science Review article by Richard D. Shingles.

Gay will also update citations in her dissertation to a 1990 paper by Lawrence Bobo and Franklin D. Gilliam — the same correction she requested for her 2001 article.

The summary also included an anonymous complaint of “four new allegations” not reviewed by the university.

But the committee in charge of reviewing Gay’s works “determined that no further action is required beyond the updates that have been and are being requested by” the president.

The timing of the latest corrections is not a coincidence. Earlier on Wednesday, the House Committee on Education and Workforce alerted the school that it will include allegations of plagiarism against Gay in its investigation into Harvard after new allegations of plagiarism against Gay.

It all started in October when sources went to The New York Post about supposed plagiarism in Gay’s writings. The publication went to Harvard, which kept it under wraps and hired powerful lawyers to protect Gay.

The Harvard Corporation anointed a three-person panel to review two articles but not the dissertation. The committee “did not initially consider Gay’s Harvard dissertation as they had not received related allegations at the time and were focused on reviewing her published work.”

The dissertation allegations came to light on December 11 thanks to school choice advocate Christopher Rufo, American Conservative contributing editor Chris Brunet, and Washington Free Beacon reporter Aaron Sibarium.

Then, this week, the Washington Free Beacon published more plagiarism allegations against Gay. The copy of the complaint included seven of Gay’s writings, including those already reported.

After the first report dropped, Harvard’s governing board supported Gay. What will it take for them to release her?


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A lot of duplicitous language surrounding her for sure

    The quality of her “dissertation” was in the same league as that of “Doctor” Jill. Even if she had done the proper attributions.

    Drivel from both. And both insist on being called Doctor.

    Gag me with a spoon.

These people are idiots. Just fire the commie. They can’t win this PR fight.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to NotCoach. | December 21, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    If they do win this fight, Harvard has no leg to stand on when another student uses “duplicative language” (because they don’t have to stones to call is what it is – PLAGIARISM).

    There are plenty of other legitimate scholarly doctoral minorities who can do the job.

      Communists don’t care about the equal application of the law or standard, so they don’t need a leg to stand on. They’ll do whatever they can in furtherance of their agenda. If a straight, white person plagiarizes as the diversity hire has, then the straight, white person will be punished.

        CommoChief in reply to Paddy M. | December 21, 2023 at 6:31 pm

        On the other hand the longer Harvard allows this to stand the longer Harvard is under the microscope. As an example how have Students and Faculty been disciplined under similar circumstances? The HoR certainly can probe to find out including issuing subpoena as part of oversight. So could the Senate. How about the potential of discrimination suits by Students or Faculty or applicants who, due to circumstances re plagiarism, received differential treatment? Finally how does impact any future incident? Can’t very well hold some sophomore accountable but not the Pres of the institution.

    inspectorudy in reply to NotCoach. | December 21, 2023 at 4:07 pm

    The left ALWAYS wins PR. They have the msm on their side and never have to worry about negative press. She will stay and Harvard will lose because of her and the leftist board.

      AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to inspectorudy. | December 21, 2023 at 8:41 pm

      Harvard losing… that’s a bad thing?

      Harvard is on a long list of universities that I will shred CVs so I won’t infect my company with leftists.

I just had a great idea. Harvard could just call this duplicative language without proper citation instead of plagiarism.

    Tom M in reply to Tom M. | December 21, 2023 at 12:12 pm

    I meant duplicative language without appropriate attribution. After reviewing my post and the article I realized my mistake.

      AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Tom M. | December 21, 2023 at 12:39 pm

      At least you didn’t plagiarize the comment!


      Hodge in reply to Tom M. | December 21, 2023 at 2:50 pm

      Tom M

      Say, I’m impressed with your obvious scholarship. You seem well versed in other people’s thoughts. By the way, there may be an opening for a President at an Ivy League University soon. Would you be interested?*

      Assuming that you are Black Lesbian, Socialist who is also Anti-Semitic uh, pro-Palestine. If not, please disregard.

1997? 2001?
Isn’t it a little LATE for something like a PhD dissertation to be “corrected” in that fashion?

(Also, did the people who graded* her dissertation not bother to go read any of her referenced sources? Shouldn’t she have been citing references known to her committee? Or, if new and interesting, shouldn’t some people on the committee gone and read them to make sure they weren’t written by some kook? How incompetent were they in this, and should maybe a bunch of other PhDs also be examined?)

(* I’m sure there’s a proper word for this, but “graded” works for now.)

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to GWB. | December 21, 2023 at 12:42 pm

    Probably reviewed by a non-doctoral research assistant who came off a bender the night before. After all, has any graduate or doctoral professor ever read what their students write?

    Dimsdale in reply to GWB. | December 21, 2023 at 1:02 pm

    People on her committee or peer review should KNOW the citations, at least to a degree of familiarity.

    In the hard (real) sciences, there are no “Mulligans.” Of course, nowadays….

    BierceAmbrose in reply to GWB. | December 22, 2023 at 12:27 am

    (* I’m sure there’s a proper word for this, but “graded” works for now.)

    You *defend* yr thesis, to a “committee”, sort of jointly assembled by you and the department. You don’t “pass” you “are awarded” yr doctorate.

    In practice, getting a Ph D has as much to do with whether they want you to pass as the work itself. As you’re creating new knowledge, a winning — sorry “successful” — defense isn’t about whether your prize new knowledge is true, but whether it’s something they want to be true.

    It’s kids at the cool kids’ table, deciding what’s “true” based on who’s in and keeping the wrong people out. Deserve’s got nothing to do with it.

What will it take for them to release her?
Going to have to go to at least the level of a live boy in her bed or a dead girl, it seems. Or is it the other way around for her?

“Requests Three Corrections”

That’s quick thinking! It shows she’s on the ball.

Update: “Requests Submitted with Race Card Neatly Attached in Upper Right Hand Corner”

Affirmative action at its worst.

It’s just incompetence trying to appear smart, which is what is expected and politely ignored in a diversity hire. It’s part of the deal.

In the case of actual competence, usually reflected in an actual interest in the subject, the private motivation is to give as much credit as possible to build a network of people also interested in your problem.

So plagiarism isn’t a crime that the competent eschew but one that they’re not tempted to in the first place. Plagiarism implies incompetence.

It’s not that hard to learn how to use proper citation.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Valerie. | December 21, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    At the graduate level and above, proper citation is like breathing. But every high school student and under student is hammered daily about plagiarism.

    Proper citation at her level should have been simplistic. Even Microsoft Word and other applications now provide assistance to make it easier.

    Those of us who completed our primary education before word processing didn’t have it so easy.

Prediction: Gay’s next piece of “scholarly work”, will be a racist rant against checking someones’s work for plagiarism.

If anyone wants to get an idea of how closely these academicians read the dissertations, and how seriously they take this “scholarship,” look at all the mistakes and idiocies in the dissertation of “Doctor” Jill Biden. The dissertation will get just the interest it deserves, and it will never be cited or even read by anyone but a self-flagellating masochist. I suspect that Claudine Gay’s dissertation isn’t any better.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Henry P. | December 21, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    “Dissertations created by the Michelle Obama School of Self-flagellating masochists!”

    Call now, and you’ll receive your personal copy of a dissertation on any subject you choose. Social Justice, African American Studies, or Education have a two for one special.

So, race trumps moral turpitude at Harvard? In the for-profit private sector she would have been locked out of her office as soon as her employer verified that she is a plagerist. Most executive level employment contracts allow the employer to immediately dump the offending employee, and cancel any and all severance packages. She has brought shame to the university, cost them in excess of one billion dollars in donations, and the long term damages are potentially catastrophic. The record of her years at Harvards hows she’s a racist mediocrity – and now a lfelong plagerizing academi fraud.

You can’t sleep in your makeup… even in Clown World.
Sooner or later, you have to take it off.

Just another Dhimmi-crat hustler “of color.”

Ms. Gay [she does not deserve “Dr”] served on committees that expelled 27 students for plagiarism. I’m waiting for some of those 27 to come forward and compare what they did, and got kicked out for, against what Ms. Gay did. I’m betting she did far worse than them.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | December 21, 2023 at 4:26 pm

Forget the “corrections” (LOL) to a 25 year old paper. release all of Gay’s board and test scores – SAT, GRE, and IQ scores (if she took any IQ tests – if not, have her take one, now).

Gay seems to have no firm birthdate (from what I can tell – some claim she was born in New York in 1970 and others claim she was born in Boston in 1969). Somehow, she attended Exeter Academy, Princeton, Stanford, and Hah-vahd. Pretty ritzy. I’d like to see the board scores that earned her such CV. Hah-vahd and Gay should be proud to post them, too.

Gay needs to fire her ghost writer 😉

What’s with the silly “Smart Girl” glasses?

Oversoul Of Dusk | December 21, 2023 at 6:53 pm

Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky, emeritus professor of mathematics, had this to say about the allegations of plagiarism by President Gay:

“These are the only ones of which the news has come to Harvard. There may be many others but they haven’t been discovered.”

(With apologies to Tom Lehrer.)

    PostLiberal in reply to Oversoul Of Dusk. | December 21, 2023 at 8:50 pm

    From Tom Lehrer’s Lobachevsky song:

    Let no one else’s work evade your eyes
    Remember why the good Lord made your eyes
    So don’t shade your eyes
    But plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize
    Only be sure always to call it please “research

    I grew up on Tom Lehrer songs.

Isn’t allowing her to go back to 1990 and make corrections like getting caught for robbing a bank and just paying the bank back with no charges?

So does this mean students expelled for plagiarism are able to sue to overturn their expulsions for plagiarism given they were not given an opportunity to correct their papers?

    How about the ones sitting before the disciplinary board right now?

    “At worst I did exactly what the president of this university did. So it must be within bounds…. right?”

The board concluded that the “inadequate citation” in Gay’s dissertation “did not constitute research misconduct” because it was not done “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly.”

How could she NOT know? This was her PhD dissertation for crying out loud, not Freshman English Comp.

So is claiming ignorance going to work for the next straight, white, male student who gets caught doing it? Yeah, didn’t think so.

Harvard could try to turn this negative in to a positive if HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL were encouraged to create one of their CASE STUDIES on this unfortunate situation — from soup to nuts.

Perhaps call it “How a FRANK ABAGNALE CATCH ME IF YOU CAN character finally got caught at Harvard.”

I doubt they’ll do it. But wouldn’t it be interesting.

Rather like the unmasking of the frauds atop Enron.


Regardless what happens with Harvard — can you imagine if some of the big money donors at Harvard, and Penn, and Columbia, and MIT ……. we’re to decide to fund deserving students instead of undeserving institutions.