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Writer accuses former Review columnist of plagiarism

The full text of Ramachandran’s article is available here and through the link titled “comparison” in the second paragraph below.

An article published in The Stanford Review in April 2012 came under fire today after the writer of an article published in Imprint Magazine in 2006 tweeted that The Review had plagiarized his work.

A comparison of the Imprint article – The Other Side: College Athletes Shouldn’t Be Paid, by Dan Cassavaugh – and The Review article – Should College Athletes Get Paid? by Vasant Ramachandran ’11 M.S. ’12 – shows distinct similarities in structure and phrasing, including one paragraph (the second-to-last in both cases) that is almost identical between the two versions.

Of the 120 words in Cassavaugh’s second-to-last paragraph, 103 were directly replicated in Ramachandran’s second-to-last paragraph.

At 11:25 a.m. PST, Cassavaugh (@DanCassavaugh) first alleged plagiarism, tweeting@romenesko I was plagiarized by the Stanford Review. My story (2006): tinyurl.com/co80e7m Stanford Review (2012): tinyurl.com/9hkus7a.”

At 11:35 a.m. PST, Jim Romenesko, a journalist and the writer of the eponymous Jim Romenesko blog, tweeted@StanfordReview Who was your editor in spring of ’12? One of your writers took paragraphs from an Imprint story for his 4/10/12 piece.”

A tweet from Cassavaugh at 4:03 p.m. PST mistakenly claimed that he had been in contact with The Review and that The Review had agreed to remove the article in question from its website. In fact, Cassavaugh had contacted an editor at The Daily, who indicated that he would try to help Cassavaugh contact The Review so that he might seek a retraction.

Judith Romea ’14, editor in chief of The Review, emphasized that she and her staff take Cassavaugh’s allegations seriously and are looking into any potential wrongdoing by Ramachandran.

“The Stanford Review is currently investigating Mr. Cassavaugh’s allegations of plagiarism,” Romea wrote in a statement to The Daily. “We would like to emphasize that the Review places a high value on integrity and has zero-tolerance for plagiarism.”

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