College is accusing my wife of plaigarism.
Started by afghan_contractor , Jun 16 2013 11:13 PM
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Posted 16 June 2013 - 11:13 PM
My wife received her second letter from her school accusing her of plaigarism. The school has a plaigarism checker that she puts her paper into before she submits it, to let her know what percentage of her paper appears to be plaigarized. She always falls within the allowed limit, but then her teacher said that her paper too closely matches these papers he has from former students. My wife does not have access to these papers. Her assignments are also based on very specific topics and most of what he says is plaigarized are proper nouns. We have tried to reason with the school and they won't hear it. We want to take legal action. What can we do and how should we do it?
Thank you in advance.
Posted 17 June 2013 - 06:41 AM
There is no "we" here (although I certainly understand you want to be supportive of your wife).
As for your wife, all you've said is that she was accused, but you didn't say what, if anything, happened as a result of the accusations. Also, accusations that are made only to the person who is the subject of the accusations cannot, by definition, be defamation. If your wife's teacher's accusations were made to others within his department (i.e., the chair of the department and the academic disciplinary committee), the accusations are almost certainly privileged as long as the teacher has a good-faith belief of the truth of the accusations.
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