Plagiarists can be haunted by past

Resignation of school board director highlights need for greater scrutiny
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/25/2013

On Jan. 10, 2013, Chris Spence, then director of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), announced his resignation with “a profoundly heavy heart” and regret that he did not set a good example. His departure, after allegations of plagiarism, was so fast the board had to hurriedly find a replacement.

“Given the unexpected nature of this situation, we are taking steps to appoint an interim director to ensure stability across the system,” said a TDSB release issued the same day.

Such is the power of the Internet and, in Spence’s case, allegations of a plagiarized blog spread quickly to include newspaper columns and speeches and even his PhD dissertation. Similar allegations have faced leaders worldwide, from politicians to journalists and artists, and often academic work is repealed.