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A German university has voted to strip Education Minister Annette Schavan of her doctorate after an investigation into plagiarism allegations.
But the faculty committee concluded that her work, which dealt with the formation of conscience, included a "substantial number of unaccredited direct quotes from other texts".
In a statement declaring the doctorate invalid and withdrawing it from Ms Schavan, the faculty head Bruno Bleckmann said they had "decided by secret ballot, by 12 votes to two, with one abstention".
See sources for the wiki on that page as well as a link to all the non credited quotes and the original "outing" blog.
In 2012, an anonymous blogger documented plagiarism in Schavan's PhD thesis, entitled "Character and conscience — Studies on the conditions, necessities, and demands on the development of conscience in the present day.". The University of Dusseldorf conducted an investigation into the plagiarism charge. Investigators have found paraphrasing of secondary literature without naming the source in over 60 cases in the dissertation and therefore revoked her doctorate degree. She was found guilty of “systematic and premeditated” deception.
She insisted she had never "knowingly falsely cited any sources" and promised to respond to the accusations. But the faculty committee concluded that her work, which dealt with the formation of conscience, included a "substantial number of unaccredited direct quotes from other texts".