Remember Gaddafi-gate at the London School of Economics? While the University of London did not, in the end, strip Gaddafi of his doctorate having decided that he had not plagiarised, and that the views expressed in his thesis were his own, it was determined by Lord Woolf during his independent inquiry into the matter, that Gaddafi had received support and assistance which had not been available to other students. A determination of plagiarism can have serious ramifications.

Recently, a German education minister has resigned from her ministerial position after a university in Dusseldörf stripped her of her PhD following a review by a faculty committee which found that she...

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