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Southern Illinois University drafted a new plagiarism policy in 2007 after facing scrutiny for several high profile copying controversies, but now the school has another awkward problem: It appears the policy plagiarizes part of a document created by Indiana University in 2005.

Southern Illinois is not alone in lifting the material. Several other groups have also decided to adopt parts of the policy, but they attributed it to Indiana University, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, which reported the story Wednesday.

Maybe they should call in Vice President Joe Biden as a consultant; bet he could straighten 'em out.

Posted in: Hoosier lore


Fri, 01/30/2009 - 1:59pm

Leo, that's the best snark I've ever read in my life.

In fact, I'd say it's worthy of the Eugene Rosenstock-Hussey Award for Literary Excellence. It may not be as turgid as the works of, say, Tim Goeglein, but for a piece without any snob words it's simply brilliant.

Leo Morris
Fri, 01/30/2009 - 5:24pm

Many thanks. As I have said many times, true praise comes often even to the lowly; false praise only to the strong.