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Columbia Fires ‘Noose’ Prof For Plagiarism

From the New York Post:



June 24, 2008 — The controversial Columbia Teachers College professor whose alleged discovery of a hangman’s noose on her office doorknob triggered national outrage is being fired for plagiarism, school officials said yesterday.

Madonna Constantine, a professor of psychology and education with a focus on racial issues, was informed June 12, and the news was relayed to faculty in a letter yesterday.

Her firing is subject to a hearing before a faculty committee, and in the meantime, she has been suspended "effective immediately," according to the letter.

A lawyer for the tenured prof blasted the decision as "retaliatory and hostile," and said he would fight the move in court.

He also threatened to sue for defamation.

"It’s not the end," vowed a friend of Constantine outside her Morningside Heights apartment last night.

The bombshell dismissal caps a tumultuous series of events that began last October – near the end of an investigation of Constantine’s alleged plagiarism of former Professor Christine Yeh and two graduate students, Tracy Juliao and Karen Cort.

Just four months from the conclusion of the plagiarism probe, Constantine, who is black, said she discovered the symbol of racial hatred.

Cops began an investigation into the noose allegation – as did a grand jury. No results have yet been released.

In February, a Manhattan law firm hired to investigate the plagiarism charges determined that Constantine was guilty in two dozen incidents. She immediately appealed.

"As one of only two tenured black women full professors at Teachers College, it pains me to conclude that I have been specifically and systematically targeted," she said at the time.

But on June 4, the Faculty Advisory Committee upheld the charges…

Funny, but this doesn’t seem to be getting the same media attention as did her "noose" charge.

And isn’t just hilarious that she is not only accused of plagiarizing from other professors — but also from lowly graduate students?

[Ms. Contiantine’s lawyer] also threatened to sue for defamation.

Now that’s a shock.

By the way, do you think the NYPD or the Grand Jury have had a chance to review the security camera video of the professor’s door after all of these months?

Where is our watchdog media?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 24th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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