In a recent development at Harvard University, President Claudine Gay is set to make corrections to her 1997 dissertation following an investigation into plagiarism allegations.
The university spokesperson revealed that the inquiry found citation errors in her work, leading to the decision to submit three corrections.
President Gay, who took office in September, had previously corrected two published articles that were under scrutiny by the Harvard Corporation, the university's governing board.
The controversy surrounding her academic integrity has added challenges to her first semester as Harvard's first Black president.
The plagiarism allegations were brought to the attention of the Harvard Corporation in October through a media request by the New York Post.
A subsequent investigation, involving a subcommittee of the Corporation and independent political scientists, found “a few instances of inadequate citation” but concluded that her work did not amount to research misconduct.
Further allegations related to Gay's 1997 Ph.D. dissertation prompted an additional review, revealing “duplicative language without appropriate attribution.”
As a result, Gay will be submitting three citation corrections for her dissertation to the university's Office of the Provost.
This controversy comes amid pressure from Harvard donors and the Jewish community for Gay to resign after her congressional testimony on antisemitism at a hearing on December 5.
During the hearing, she faced criticism for not explicitly stating that advocating for the genocide of Jews on Harvard's campus would violate the school's code of conduct. Gay later issued an apology for her remarks in an interview with the Harvard Crimson.
In a related development, the President of the University of Pennsylvania, Liz Magill, resigned on December 9, following the congressional hearing.