October 14, 2014

LETTER FROM THE EDITORS: Addressing Incidents Of Plagiarism

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It has come to our attention that there have been instances of plagiarism in three Barely Legal columns authored by Amrapalli Satpathy grad on Sept. 5, Sept. 19 and Oct. 3.

The Sun’s policy regarding possible incidents of plagiarism is the following: First, a claim is made and sent to either the section editor or the Editor in Chief. After analysis of the piece published in The Sun compared to the original, a conversation is held between the editors and the accused contributor. Once these have occurred, a decision is ultimately made as to the validity of the claim. If the writer has been found to have plagiarized, he or she will be removed from The Sun’s staff immediately.

In this case, these pieces were brought to our attention and — after comparing the columns to the original documents and speaking with the contributor — we decided that the columns were indeed plagiarized. These pieces have been redacted from www.cornellsun.com and the contributor was promptly dismissed from further contributions to The Sun.

We deeply apologize for this oversight and, as always, please email [email protected] with any questions, concerns or suggestions.

Haley Velasco ’15, editor in chief

Caroline Flax ’15, associate editor