- Longtime Towson University law professor Benjamin A. Neil allegedly committed plagiarism in his published academic articles, which are said to feature dozens of instances where sources aren't properly cited.
- University officials and academic publishers are reviewing the articles, and though colleagues and authors of the original material criticized his work for "lazy plagiarism" and a breach of academic integrity, Neil and his lawyer, Michael P. May, insist that there are several instances where he gave credit to sources in notations, footnotes and bibliographies.
- As a result of the plagiarism investigation, Neil resigned from his post as chair of the Baltimore school system's ethics panel, which he was appointed to in July.
From the article:
... A Baltimore Sun review of five papers published by Neil shows passages with identical language and others with close similarities to scholarly journals, news publications, congressional testimony, blogs and websites. In many cases, there was no attribution. ...