Magazine article The Quill

Department Chair Steps Down over Attribution Question

Magazine article The Quill

Department Chair Steps Down over Attribution Question

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Boston University media professor John Schulz resigned his post as the chairman of the department of mass media, advertising, and public relations on Dec. 7 after he forgot to attribute one sentence in a lecture. He will keep his position as a professor.

Schulz resigned after he admitted pulling a passage from a weekly political magazine and using it, unattributed, in a lecture in front of 400 freshmen. Schulz said he was rushed to finish the lecture and didn't attribute the quote.

A student recognized the 64-word sentense from an article in The Nation and posted a note about the sentence in the chat room for the course. The student also sent a note about the quote to the dean of the School of Communications. Schulz acknowledged using the passage and said he would resign as department head.

Some colleagues protested the resignation, noting that Schulz's explanation was plausible and questioning whether it was truly plagiarism. …

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