In response to the allegations, Gay submitted two corrections to articles where she had been accused of plagiarism. According to a university spokesman, these corrections included the addition of "quotation marks and citations." Additionally, it was revealed that two more instances of inadequate citation were discovered in her 1997 PhD dissertation. The university stated that they had found "examples of duplicative language without appropriate attribution" and announced that President Gay would update her dissertation to correct these instances of inadequate citation.
The saga began on December 10 when investigative journalist Christopher Rufo reported on Substack that Gay had plagiarized portions of four works over a span of 24 years, including her 1997 PhD dissertation and a series of articles. Following the report, the university conducted an investigation into the allegations and announced on December 12 that corrections had been made.
Specifically, the corrections were applied to a 2017 article titled "A Room for One's Own? The Partisan Allocation of Affordable Housing" published in the Urban Affairs Review. It was discovered that Gay had copied two paragraphs from the work of Harvard scholars D. Stephen Voss and Bradley Palmquist, with one paragraph being nearly identical except for a few words. Notably, in her dissertation, Gay did not use any quotation marks or in-text citations, and Voss and Palmquist were not cited anywhere.
D. Stephen Voss, who currently teaches at the University of Kentucky, acknowledged that Gay had technically plagiarized their work but considered it to be minor and inconsequential. Voss commented to The Crimson, "This doesn't at all look sneaky... It looks like maybe she just didn't have a sense of what we normally tell students they're supposed to do and not do."
The rules regarding citation at the time Gay submitted her dissertation in 1997 remain unclear. Regardless, the university's investigation and subsequent corrections have been carried out as the matter receives public attention.
Maybe, if Claudine had invested more into checking plagiarism
, all of this would have been avoided.