From: The Chronicle of Higher
Education, March 10, 2004. Available online at:
President of Central Connecticut State U. Is Accused of
By AUDREY WILLIAMS JUNE
The president of Central Connecticut State University plagiarized parts
of an opinion article he wrote for The Hartford Courant last month, the
newspaper told its readers on Tuesday.
In an apology headlined "Every Editor's Nightmare," the newspaper's
editorial-page editor explained that one of its readers had accused
Richard L. Judd of using verbatim text from other sources, including an
editorial that ran just over a year ago in The New York Times.
"It's hard to imagine Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and a university
president passing off other people's sentences as their own," wrote
John J. Zakarian, the editorial-page editor, referring to plagiarism
accusations in recent years that have tarnished two popular historians.
"The Courant regrets publishing Judd's article."
Mr. Judd's article, which appeared in February 26 editions of the
Courant, described how peace is an attainable goal for the island of
Cyprus, which has been divided for 40 years between its majority Greek
and minority Turkish populations.
Mr. Judd, who has said he used the material inadvertently, was out of
the country on university business on Tuesday and could not be reached
However, the chancellor of the Connecticut State University System,
William J. Cibes Jr., said that Mr. Judd had been asked to cut his trip
short in order to meet as soon as possible with the university's Board
of Trustees about the allegations.
"Once the board is able to get together with President Judd, they will
assess the allegations and hear his comments and make a decision about
what to do," Mr. Cibes said.
If the board decides to take action against Mr. Judd, the chancellor
said, penalties could range from a reprimand to termination.
Mr. Judd's article said: "The U.N. plan may not be perfect, but
rejecting it would be a worse alternative for both Cypriot
communities." The Times editorial, which ran January 7, 2003, said:
"Mr. Annan's plan may not be perfect, but rejecting it would be a worse
alternative for both Cypriot communities."
In the Courant' s apology, Mr. Judd is quoted as explaining that he had
"consulted many sources" and taken "copious notes" to help prepare the
many speeches he had given on Cyprus. One of the speeches later became
the basis for the Courant article, he said.
"I mistakenly assumed notes I had made were my own, and I thus
incorporated them without attribution," he told the Courant. "As an
author of many texts and articles, I should have done a better job of
vetting my text. I had no intention of using another's words or
misleading readers in describing my sense of events in Cyprus."
Two years ago, Mr. Judd was reprimanded by the trustees for
impersonating a police officer. He received a letter of "displeasure"
from the board after he admitted that he had used flashing lights on
his university-owned car, along with an official-looking badge, to pull
over a driver who he thought was speeding on a street near Central
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