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University: Guttenberg intentionally plagiarized

The Local · 9 Apr 2011, 09:32

Published: 09 Apr 2011 09:32 GMT+02:00

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Guttenberg resigned in March and admitted to errors in his dissertation – but rejected claims that he had intentionally plagiarized or sought to deceive his alma mater.

Daily Süddeutsche Zeitung said a commission at the University of Bayreuth determined that the extent and manner of the infringements were such that they could not have been inadvertent.

Guttenberg was officially stripped of his doctor title in February. "The committee is unanimously convinced Herr Baron zu Guttenberg seriously violated scientific duties," said University President Rüdiger Bormann at a press conference.

The University of Bayreuth has yet to publish its findings. The commission, which includes professors from other colleges, is not yet completely finished with the report, and some editing is set to continue until the end of April.

According to the Nordbayerische Kurier, the university plans to release the commission's findings early next month.

Meanwhile, Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that lawyers representing Guttenberg have expressed "reservations" about the review being published.

Speaking to Berlin daily Tagesspiegel, Bormann confirmed that the university had received the lawyers' letter and said the university would not release the report if Guttenberg still opposed it, adding that the review was an internal procedure.

But he expressed hopes that the ex-defence minister would change his mind: "We would like to publish the findings – including those concerning the issue of fraudulent intent." Bormann said keeping the report under wraps ran counter to Guttenberg's pledge to investigate the issue.

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State prosecutors looking into potential infringements against copyright law have also made it clear they were interested in soliciting the university's report and using it in their investigations.

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12:41 April 9, 2011 by way2cool
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14:39 April 9, 2011 by XFYRCHIEF
It took a study by a university to conclude that he "...intentionally plagiarized"???? By definition, plagiarism is a willful act; one cannot plagiarize by accident.
18:07 April 9, 2011 by Loth
Seems to me that back in the early 70s, the guy who later became vice president Biden. He was accused of plagiarism. I can't remember what became of the charge but maybe it is not as important in America like it seems to be in Germany. Maybe America goes more by their deeds after they take office then their school days?
18:10 April 9, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
Nobody who spends seven (!!) years working on a thesis and claims a whole smorgasbord of other people's thoughts and findings as their own can say they acted unintentionally. It is just simply impossible.

It's good to see though that the University of Bayreuth wants no part of the scam now and wants to distance itself as much as possible from Guttenberg. Once you become a political outcast, it seems your old boys networks don't carry much weight anymore. Which is good.
18:15 April 9, 2011 by hOU
Like it matters ...

He'll be back and welcomed w/ open arms because German politics needs its stars - and boy, do they lack those.
18:17 April 9, 2011 by toemag
Comment: I like the way they seem intent on making a bigger laughingstock of themselves, had they evaluated his work in the first place all of this wouldn't have been necessary :-)
18:35 April 9, 2011 by Englishted
way2cool yes it matters he lied more than once, and what is his punishment ?,

so far nothing ,he left because he lied .But for the fraud ?,if you or I did it we would be "done" and then nobody would care.
19:05 April 9, 2011 by way2cool
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20:18 April 9, 2011 by ECSNatale
I don't really care what others did, whether people think this is a crime, etc. The man made a splash by talking about being ethical and rising based on hard work. As with most politicians who make a name for themselves telling other people how they should be, he is a fraud. He is a cheater. If he cheated in school regarding something as important as earning his title, what makes anyone think he is a good leader. Good riddance.. star or not.
23:04 April 9, 2011 by brigand
At this point, who cares? The "wind is out of the sails". He has stepped down and made an admission of some sort of guilt. Jeezus people, move on and get a life!
01:20 April 10, 2011 by Krim
I think it is too late for the university to limit the damage which is caused by its internal corrupt structure and professors. This campagn is just to show that as a university, we have clear and clean processes.....Too late you were part of the game and the CSU network was allowed to do this cheating.

By the way to ahve an idea about German Universities, you need just to read for instance the book Campus.

Politicians and parties are making fun of academics. There is no meritocratie anymore...vitamine B and ................
09:56 April 10, 2011 by trash head
quote way2stupid:

> When you driving a car on the road and you speeding

Driving a car is not compareable with working as defence minister. But indeed, every taxi driver would have been bettern then Guttenplag

> you've commited a crime

Bullsh!t, you commited an 'Ordnungswidrigkeit' not a crime *rolleyes*

> because you not only endanger your life but the life of others on the road also.

Bullsh!t, you committed an 'Ordnungsiwdrigkeit' because you not complied with the order.

> How many of you think that speeding is less important than cheating in school?

No one think that. But a doctoral thesis has nothing to do with school.
14:06 April 10, 2011 by Englishted
Thank you trash head ,I agree that way2cool is stupid.
08:53 April 11, 2011 by Gilly58
Hey guys, dont knock way2cool to much, is probably a nice guy really, hes just on the wrong planet thats all...good for a laugh though, and I just luv those analogies..LOL!
16:33 April 11, 2011 by Altdude
Really, how much credibility does the University of Bayreuth have now to be issuing any kind of findings?
09:33 April 12, 2011 by MaKo
Gee, it's too bad that the University of Bayreuth couldn't have determined this *before* having awarded the phD.
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