In recent months, protests on the campus have erupted following the suicide of a campus scholar that is widely blamed on the school’s administration and caste discrimination.
In January, as the protests reached a climax, Podile took a “long leave” from the campus in an effort to help to restore calm. However, when he returned in March, the protests flared up anew and led to clashes between protesters and police.
The protests by students as well as strikes by the faculty and staff continue, much of the anger targeted at Podile and his administration. However, the attacks so far have targeted his leadership but a new discovery puts his academics squarely in the crosshairs as well.
Podile says that the plagiarism was not intentional and he has taken full responsibility for the mistakes promising, if they plagiarized the data from other publications, that he will retract the papers and will apologize for any other sources they may have omitted. Podile also said that, in the future, he will use the “appropriate software” to check his work for errors.
It can be difficult, if not impossible, to tell when ethical failings and mistakes in research can catch up to an academic. Joe Biden likely thought that his plagiarism ordeal at Syracuse University was in the past when he was running for President. However, that too turned out to be the nail in the coffin for a campaign.
This is a key part of why it’s so important to perform high quality research and take steps, including using plagiarism detection tools, to avoid uncited material. Even if a work is accepted and it seems like the plagiarism is in the past, it very often comes up again, usually at the worst times.