Posted on February 4, 2022

University of Kansas Diversity Head Resigns for Plagiarism on MLK Day

Associated Press, January 22, 2022

The interim vice provost for diversity at the University of Kansas has resigned after acknowledging that a message he sent out to the campus on Martin Luther King Jr. Day was largely plagiarized.

D.A. Graham’s resignation was accepted Wednesday and is effective immediately, Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer said.

Graham, interim vice provost of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, told the Lawrence Journal-World on Monday that he didn’t intentionally plagiarize the “2022 MLK Jr. Day of Reflection” text he sent to all faculty, staff and students.


Bichelmeyer said in a message to the campus Wednesday that she appreciated Graham taking responsibility for his “serious mistake.”

“Plagiarism is never acceptable behavior — for students, faculty, staff, or administrators,” she said.