Leader has PhD yanked for plagiarism

German politician missed 120 footnotes

The University of Heidelberg has withdrawn the PhD of a notable German politician after a committee found plagiarism throughout her thesis, reports Deutsche Welle. The German school’s investigation found 120 passages without footnotes that should have been credited to other sources. Sivana Koch-Mehrin was vice president of the European Parliament and head of the German Free Democratic Party until she resigned last month over these now-proven allegations. The story comes as the University of Alberta investigates Dean Philip Baker’s speech to graduating medical students, in which he said he was “inspired” by another academic’s address.