NY Columbia Professor Accused of Plagiarism Is Dismissed

AP, June 24, 2008

A Columbia University professor who drew widespread attention when a noose was discovered hanging from her office door has been fired over allegations of plagiarism.

Teachers College administrators said in a letter to faculty Monday that professor Madonna G. Constantine’s appeal of the plagiarism charges has been rejected.


Constantine was sanctioned in February after an investigation found she used others’ work without attribution in papers she published in academic journals. She was allowed to keep her job and to appeal the ruling.

The New York Police Department has been investigating the Oct. 9 discovery of the noose.

[Editor’s Note: Earlier stories concerning Madonna Constantine can be read starting here.]

A Columbia University professor who was thought to be the target of a hate crime has now been fired over charges involving plagiarism.

According to a university spokesperson, Professor Madonna Constantine has until July 15 to challenge her dismissal in front of a faculty committee.


Constantine has denied the charges against her, and reportedly filed a grievance against the president of the college. Her lawyer told the New York Times the firing is nothing more than retaliation.


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