NY Columbia professor accused of plagiarism is dismissed

A Columbia University professor who garnered international attention after a noose was discovered hanging from her office door last fall has been fired over allegations of plagiarism, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Administrators at Columbia’s Teacher’s College said in a letter to faculty Monday that they had rejected professor Madonna G. Constantine’s appeal of the plagiarism charges.

Bill Anderson, a spokesman for Teachers College, said Constantine had been terminated, but that she could challenge the dismissal.

Constantine was sanctioned in February after an investigation found she used others’ work without attribution in papers she published in academic journals. She was allowed to keep her job and to appeal the ruling.

The AP reports that police are still investigating the noose incident. It was left on her office door last October 9.