Judge promotes right to rescind degree over plagiarism


An Alberta judge states the University of Calgary can rescind a masters degree granted to a trainee 15 years ago prior to claims he plagiarised parts of his thesis, reports.
The Canadian Press.
John Measor was granted a master of arts degree by the University of Calgary in2003 However prior to protecting his thesis in 2002, an assessment committee raised an issue relating to plagiarism. He was directed to eliminate the plagiarism and effectively protected it. Some 10 years later on, Measor was teaching at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax when the organization asked for a copy of Measor’s masters thesis, “Canada and the Imposition of Sanctions on Iraq: 1990-2002 ” It ran the thesis through a plagiarism detection program and reported the lead to the University of Calgary.
The University of Calgary re-examined the file and discovered “it included considerable plagiarism. ” The university provost required Measor return his degree and the registrar of the university rescinded his masters. Measor lost a variety of appeals at the university level prior to taking it to court. He argued the university could not rescind a degree currently approved to a trainee. Justice Richard Neufeld ruled that “the power to award degrees always suggests the power of rescission “. Complete report on The Province website.