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Harvard honor council student says Claudine Gay got by on ‘lower standard’ in plagiarism case, should resign

Undergraduate members of Harvard University's Honor Council believe President Claudine Gay is “coming off comfortably'' from recent plagiarism allegations.

The student wrote an op-ed on condition of anonymity that was published in Sunday's Harvard Crimson student newspaper. Although Gay has faced widespread accusations of her anti-Semitism and plagiarism, the university's board of trustees still declared it supported her.

“I have served as a voting member of the Harvard Honor Council, an institution charged with upholding standards of academic integrity in the University community,” the student began. “During my time on the Board of Trustees, I have heard dozens of cases. When students, whether they are classmates, colleagues, or friends, appear before the Board of Trustees, they are distraught. For some people, this is the worst day of their lives. They cry a lot.”

“Because I have seen firsthand how heart-wrenching these decisions are, and because I believe they are still necessary, I am calling on President Claudine Gay to make a number of important academic ethics decisions. We ask that you resign due to this violation,” the student continued.

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Undergraduate members of Harvard University's Honor Council said President Claudine Gay is “coming off comfortably” from recent plagiarism allegations. (Jiang Haiyun/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“When a colleague of mine is found responsible for multiple improper citations, he is often suspended for one academic year. When a university president is found responsible for the same type of violation, he Fellows “unanimously support the following.'' “She,'' the student wrote.

The student went on to argue that the evidence suggests that: gay plagiarism It was “routine and pervasive” throughout her career.

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The student further claimed that there was evidence that Gaye's plagiarism was “routine and pervasive” throughout her career. (Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)

The article also accused the university's leadership of allowing Gay to retroactively correct instances of plagiarism in his work to avoid consequences, something that would never be tolerated by a student.

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“Me and my colleagues have one standard, and the president of the university has another, lower standard. The corporation should resolve the double standard by demanding her resignation,” the student said. I concluded.

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The article further accused the university's leadership of allowing Gay to retroactively correct instances of plagiarism in his work to avoid consequences, something that would never be tolerated by a student. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

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The Harvard Crimson noted that it allowed the author of the op-ed to publish the article anonymously “to protect the author from retaliation and because Harvard University Honor Council proceedings are sensitive and confidential.” did.

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