I have another piece on The Cronk of Higher Education today. Check it out:
Gherkin College has always prided itself on its tradition of academic integrity, but this week the campus is divided over the enforcement of a long-forgotten academic policy still on the books.
In late 2008, Assistant Professor Jeffrey Rover in the Food Sciences department found substantial evidence that his colleague, Professor Siobhan Hendrix, had plagiarized recipes for her latest best-seller, Snacking with Science, paid off critics and researchers alike for positive reviews, and required the students in all her classes to purchase the book. After first learning of her dubious behavior, Rover spent months acquiring incriminating emails, photos, and testimony out of concern for the integrity of his department.
However, when Rover presented his report of Hendrix’s wrongdoings this past April to his dean, he was shocked by the consequences he faced. In a move that resembled a recent case at the University of Michigan, Dean Howard Cochley of the School of Human Sciences ignored the report, indefinitely suspended Rover from his teaching duties, and convened the college’s Tattle-Tale Task Force for the first time in over six decades, inviting Hendrix, the accused, to chair.