- Bill Ackman is intensifying his search for plagiarism and has promised to review the work of all MIT professors.
- His move comes after BI reported on several cases of plagiarism in his wife’s academic work.
- Ackman led Harvard President Claudine Gay to resign over allegations of plagiarism.
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Bill Ackman expanded the plagiarism investigation to include the work of all professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after Business Insider reported that multiple instances of plagiarism were found in the academic work of his wife, Neri Oxman, a tenured professor at MIT. Are intensifying their campaign against.
MIT has not yet commented on the allegations against Oxman. However, a representative for the university told Business Insider, “Our leaders are focused on ensuring that the vital work of MIT people can continue, work that is essential to the nation’s security, prosperity, and quality of life. “
Ackman recently campaigned for former Harvard President Claudine Gay to resign from her position over allegations that she plagiarized her own academic papers. He was prompted to leave his post after Ackman and others condemned Gay’s response to the October 7 terrorist attacks by Hamas against Israel.
Gay resigned on Tuesday after weeks of criticism.
“It is unfortunate that my actions to address problems in higher education have led to these attacks on my family,” Ackman said in a post on X (formerly Twitter) on Friday. “This experience has inspired me to save all news organizations the trouble of reviewing for plagiarism. We will begin by reviewing the work of all current @MIT faculty members, President Kornbluth, other officials of the corporation, and its board members. Will do. Plagiarism.”
my wife, @neryoxmanBusiness Insider recently contacted her claiming that they had identified other plagiarism in her work, including 15 instances in her dissertation where she did not cite Wikipedia as a source.
Business Insider tells us they are publishing their story…
– Bill Ackman (@BillAckman) 5 January 2024
A representative for Ackman did not immediately respond to a request for comment from BI.
In December, Ackman began calling for the resignation of Gay as well as the president of the University of Pennsylvania. Liz Magill And MIT’s Sally Kornbluth testified before Congress about dealing with anti-Semitism on campus.
Critics described the testimony from leaders of elite schools as inadequate to address anti-Semitism on campus, which students say has increased in the wake of Israel’s declaration of war on Hamas.
Magill resigned on December 9, just four days after her testimony, in which she said that if anti-Semitic speech “turns into conduct, it could amount to harassment.” Penn’s donors and the board of Wharton, the university’s business school, had called for his resignation. There were no known allegations of plagiarism involved in his decision to step down.
Kornbluth remained in her role until Friday, announcing a plan for four “new steps” for progress at MIT the day after Gay’s resignation, including improving student disciplinary processes and ensuring that its DEI programs are effective. Appropriately meet the needs of the campus.
Kornbluth did not immediately respond to BI’s request for comment.