posted on Jun, 16 2011 @ 04:02 PM
I heard about this a few days ago, since I live in Edmonton and went to school at the University of Alberta. (I wasn't in Medicine, though, I was in
Engineering) The speech was almost word for word plagiarized, such that students were able to go online with Blackberries, etc, find the original
speech, and follow along with the dean as he spoke!
Given my experiences in university (and it may be similar elsewhere, I have no idea) I'm not surprised that this happened. I've seen a lot of
students plagiarize other students' work, and nobody cares that it's going on, so seeing a professor do it doesn't shock me at all. We also had
another case a couple years ago with an engineering professor who allegedly plagiarized and misused funding, and was subsequently dismissed. (and
hired by the university of Calgary :p) I don't know if the plagiarism charges were ever proven or not, but I know for a fact that he did indeed
misuse funding and that NSERC (the major source of most scientific funding in Canada) cut off his funding indefinitely because of it.