November 25, 2008, - 11:15 am

If Only He’d Taught Joe Biden & Monica Crowley: Three Cheers For Professor Young

By Debbie Schlussel
It’s not just the Presidential election result, the stock market, and the economy that are out of whack. With everything, up is down, right is left, and red is blue.
Take the case of Texas A&M International University Professor Loye Young, or rather EX-Professor Loye Young. Young was fired by the school because he dared discipline and expose six students of his who cheated. They plagiarized. And they were forewarned. Young’s course syllabus warns that if students plagiarize, their names will be published on his website. I think that’s great.
But Texas A & M does not. The school is hiding behind federal privacy laws prohibiting the publication or release of students’ grades. But Young didn’t publish their grades, only that they plagiarized. That isn’t covered by the Privacy Act. It all comes down to money. The Texas A & M leadership decided it’s more important to gain more state money (which is based on student course passing rates) than to stand up for academic integrity.

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The firing of people like Young is the reason we now have a Vice President-Elect who plagiarized on multiple occasions.

A professor at Texas A&M International University in Laredo was fired Nov. 5 for displaying on his course blog the names of six students accused of plagiarism.
Loye Young, formerly an adjunct professor of management information systems, said his course syllabus warned students he would “publicly fail and humiliate” any student caught plagiarizing. This would serve as an additional punishment to the standard university repercussions.
Young was fired for violating laws set by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, said Ray Keck, president of Texas A&M International. The act is a federal law that protects the privacy of students’ educational records by prohibiting their release without proper consent.
“The university is never going to publish a student’s grades on public Web sites,” he said. “It’s a violation of federal law.”
Texas A&M International has a strict policy concerning students who plagiarize on assignments, Keck said. Faculty members can address the situation in several ways, but the university does not condone publicly announcing students’ grades.
The university’s faculty is subject to the laws and rules instituted by the state of Texas and the Texas A&M University system, he said. Any violation of these laws could result in a loss of federal funding for the university.
Young, who formerly was a practicing lawyer, said he did not violate any laws by publishing the names of the accused plagiarizers. He said he analyzed the regulations instituted by FERPA before he issued the syllabus and sent a copy of it to the college’s dean and university provost. Neither of the officials objected to the contents of the syllabus until the students’ names were published.
“It is not surprising that the provost and other faculty there – who are unwilling or unable to read the law – are defending students who are unwilling or unable to read the syllabus,” he said.
The entire situation is political, Young said. The student pass rate is directly related to the amount of state funding the university receives.

And Young isn’t getting any support from academia. “Inside Higher Education” is calling his exposure of plagiarists, “Vigilante Justice.” HUH? Next, they’ll say calling the police when a bank is being robbed is vigilante justice, too. Ridiculous.
It’s a shame there weren’t professors around like Young when Joe Biden plagiarized in law school (and again when he stole a Neil Kinnock speech) and Monica Crowley was in school.
As I’ve repeatedly noted, faux-conservative (real conservatives believe in property rights and don’t steal) Crowley ripped off several whole paragraphs from a Paul Johnson article on Nixon and passed it off as her own for a Wall Street Journal op-ed. The Journal publicly apologized and never ran her work again. There’s a strong belief that her Ph.D. and Masters theses, as well as books on Nixon, were also plagiarized (and other parts fabricated). You don’t start plagiarizing in your 30s. It’s a lifelong habit.
Maybe this is why Serial plagiarist Sean Hannity dropped out of college.
Shame on Texas A & M for firing this brave professor.
Oh, and just watch. These cheating students will sue the school for alleged Privacy Act violations, win tens of thousands of dollars, and get their grades changed upwards.
Plagiarism pays.
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8 Responses

… rumored to have been spoken by Joe Biden, each morning, in grade school:
“I Plagiarism to the Flag, in the United States of America, and to the creator of which I steal, one notion, undercover, with liberty and credit to me!”
Jimmy Lewis
SCS, Michigan
Blog: http://rougerevival.blogspot.com/

Jimmy on November 25, 2008 at 12:40 pm

I attend university for most of my history classes and testify that this is 100% correct.
The government created the DOE, which eventually led to FAFSA grants, Student Loans, and what-not which eventually shot up the price for higher education. Colleges and universities knew they could get more public money for professors, benefits, more useless classes, facilities, etc.
Now here’s the problem: the money is running out. These higher-ed folks have too many bills, benefits and pensions to pay. They’re ‘too big to fail’ to quote a popular excuse; so they do whatever they must to keep the money flowing and teachers employed.
Most of the required classes the last 2 years were created and funded solely to keep educators employed – I know it must be true.
Screw higher-ed. It’s next to worthless!

bhparkman on November 25, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Miss Schlussel, Et Alii:
When I was a soldier, I learned that the R.O.T.C. program at Texas A & M supplies more officers to the United States Army than any other school in the nation, including West Point.
Thank you.
John Robert Mallernee
Official Bard of Clan Henderson
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

writesong on November 25, 2008 at 12:52 pm

“If you aint cheating you aint trying”. Famous qoute of the Jim Rome show. All jokes aside. COBRAMA has plagiarized many of his “Just Words” speeches. Even Hillary called him on it “Change you can Xerox”. Now COBRAMA is plagiarizing Bill Clinton’s cabinet. Maybe COBRAMA will plagiarize his term with another Monica Lewinsky scandal.

californiascreaming on November 25, 2008 at 2:37 pm

He was fired for breaking the rules himself. There are rules in place so that students accused of committing an academic integrity violation are handled according to university policy. He was fired for doing the same thing they did- breaking the rules. Universities have set up way to handle cheaters and other violations and he should respect them or work to change them. His actions only served to undermine them.
-A College Judicial Officer

tigergirl1120 on November 25, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Yes, acadamia only defends the likes of Ayers. I am not an academic, but a Road Scholar. Education does not equate to common sense, although it is extremely important.

Bob A. on November 25, 2008 at 9:36 pm

A few weeks ago Moncia Crowley interviewed her sister (who also is a PHD. Wonder if that one is plagerized too, who is married to none other then Alan Colmes) on her book Defiant Dad’s which of course puts down fathers and Crowley asked a few softball questions. This is terrible and also is marxist in nature as the Soviets pushed no fault divorce.
This idea that women should divorce their husbands for minor reasons and then want the man’s money and the children even though it is the woman that is violating the marriage contract and therefore should buy out the husband is the ultimate in not believing in property rights and that men are just created to steal from and plunder if they don’t do everything you say even though they have a good reason in certain situation for disagreeing and are overall decent husbands who work to support the family.

adam6275 on November 26, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Very Disturbing to hear this about Sean and Monica. On a good note though…Mr. Mallernee has it dead on. Best cavalry officers i ever served with.
James M
2nd,3rd and 11th ACR
1974-1981

James R McKenna on November 28, 2008 at 7:34 am

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