Higher Ed
9:13 am
Fri August 8, 2014

UIC Official Demoted Over Plagiarism Allegations

Credit UIC.edu

A University of Illinois at Chicago official has lost his
position following a lawsuit alleging the official violated federal law by publicly discussing a dissertation and accusations of plagiarism.
 
 The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1ovfpkj) Lon Kaufman was demoted
from his provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs positions to tenured professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.
 
 Chicago State University interim provost and senior vice president Angela
Henderson filed a lawsuit last month accusing UIC of violating a law barring
schools from releasing private information on student academics without
permission.
 
 UIC officials confirmed media reports the school was reviewing a dissertation
that earned Henderson her Ph.D. in nursing in August 2013.
 
 UIC spokesman Bill Burton wouldn't comment on Kaufman's status, only saying he
is ``a tenured member of our faculty.''