February 21, 2024

WASHINGTON (AP) — The downfall of Harvard’s president has elevated the specter of unearthing plagiarism, a cardinal sin in academia, as a attainable new weapon in conservative assaults on increased schooling.

Claudine Homosexual’s resignation Tuesday adopted weeks of mounting accusations that she lifted language from different students in her doctoral dissertation and journal articles. The allegations surfaced amid backlash over her congressional testimony about antisemitism on campus.

The plagiarism allegations got here not from her tutorial friends however her political foes, led by conservatives who sought to oust Homosexual and put her profession beneath intense scrutiny in hopes of discovering a deadly flaw. Her detractors charged that Homosexual — who has a Ph.D. in authorities, was a professor at Harvard and Stanford and headed Harvard’s largest division earlier than being promoted — bought the highest job largely as a result of she is a Black lady.

Christopher Rufo, a conservative activist who helped orchestrate the trouble, celebrated her departure as a win in his marketing campaign in opposition to elite establishments of upper schooling. On X, previously Twitter, he wrote “SCALPED,” as if Homosexual was a trophy of violence, invoking a grotesque follow taken up by white colonists who sought to eradicate Native People.

“Tomorrow, we get again to the struggle,” he mentioned on X, describing a “playbook” in opposition to establishments deemed too liberal by conservatives. His newest goal: efforts to advertise range, fairness and inclusion in schooling and enterprise.

“We should not cease till we’ve got abolished DEI ideology from each establishment in America,” he mentioned. In one other publish, he introduced a brand new “plagiarism searching fund,” vowing to “expose the rot within the Ivy League and restore fact, fairly than racialist ideology, as the best precept in tutorial life.”