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Board Reprimands College President for Plagiarism

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa ― Trustees of an Iowa community college have reprimanded the school president for plagiarizing a portion of his Martin Luther King Day speech last month.

Last week the Kirkwood Community College board approved a motion expressing its disappointment that President Mick Starcevich didn’t attribute the source of an anecdote he used. It came from a blog post that had appeared on The New York Times website.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen also says the board commended Starcevich for publicly admitting and taking responsibility for the offense eight days later, during a college forum.

Board chairwoman Lois Bartelme told the newspaper that the board tried to balance the seriousness of the offense with the successes in Starcevich’s long tenure at the college.

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