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U.S. Army War College to Convene Board Over Walsh Plagiarism Charge

Jul 24, 2014 6:13 PM PT

The U.S. Army War College will convene an Academic Review Board to investigate charges of plagiarism against Democrat U.S. Senator John Walsh.

Here is the complete statement. Walsh could have his graduation status revoked if it's determined he intentionally plagiarized his master's thesis.

When we were alerted last night to the questions about Sen. Walsh's Army War College research paper, we accomplished our own analysis to determine whether there was reason to convene an academic review board (ARB), which is the process proscribed by our policy to investigate fully charges of failures of academic integrity, standards or progress; or misconduct.

We decided today to convene an ARB, and have communicated that to Sen. Walsh who will have the opportunity to submit material for the board's consideration.

The ARB process is a formal and deliberative process that includes a legal review of sufficiency of findings of the board's report. The process then includes review by the dean who can recommend a decision to disenroll -- or, in the case of graduates, to revoke the graduation status. The decision is made by the deputy commandant.

We use the USAWC Communicative Arts Directive as our authoritative guide given to all students to clarify the academic integrity policy, among others, and to give specific guidance with respect to research, writing, and documentation of research for the Strategy Research Paper.  We hold our students responsible for academic integrity. Then and now, we trust them to uphold high standards of academic integrity unless there is reason to believe otherwise.

Carol Kerr

US Army War College

 Public Affairs Officer

Walsh Refuses to Withdraw from Senate Race Over Plagiarism

Jul 24, 2014 2:27 PM PT

Spokeswoman for Montana Senator John Wlash, Lauren Passalacqua, replied "Absolutely not" when asked if Walsh would withdraw given the significant instance of plagiarism exposed by a New York Times rerport.

Also, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who appointed Walsh to the U.S. Senate from the state's lieutenant governorship said he had no knowledge of the plagiarism whenhe made the appointment.

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Did Walsh Mislead the NYT's on PTSD Treatment Issue?

Jul 23, 2014 4:19 PM PT
An earlier New York Times item detailing a significant case of plagiarism by Senator John Walsh of Montana specifically claimed Walsh had not sought treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after his service in Iraq.

The aide said Mr. Walsh, who served in Iraq from November 2004 to November 2005, “dealt with the experience of post-deployment,” but acknowledged he had not sought treatment.

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Democrat Senator John Walsh of Montana Caught Up in Major Plagiarsm Scandal

Jul 23, 2014 2:17 PM PT

The New York Times reports that Montana U.S. senator, Democrat John Walsh, "plagiarized large portions of his final paper submitted for his 2007 master’s degree at the U.S. Army War College....." Walsh's military credentials were heralded as a large part of his appeal in Montana when he was appointed to his Senate seat in February.

 Walsh himself is quick to rely on his military credential on the campaign trail. How quickly that's changed.

But one of the highest-profile credentials of Mr. Walsh’s 33-year military career appears to have been improperly attained. An examination of the final paper required for Mr. Walsh’s master’s degree from the United States Army War College indicates the senator appropriated at least a quarter of his thesis on American Middle East policy from other authors’ works, with no attribution.

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