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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Student accused of plagiarism by professor for using the word 'Hence'

A student of Suffok University, Tiffany Martinez has been accused of plagiarizing her paper by her sociology professor because she used the word 'Hence' According to her, on Thursday morning in class, her professor handed her paper back to her and said loudly in front of the class 'This is not your language'
The professor circled the word 'hence' on her paper and wrote 'this is not your word' and also underlined 'not' severally. on the top part of the paper she wrote 'please go back and indicate here you cut and paste from'
Tiffany Martinez who shared the story on a blogpost titled 'Academia, Love Me Back' said she was humiliated and that the issue is indicative of a larger problem.

According to her, her last name and appearance instill stereotyping even before she utters any word.
'My last name and appearance immediately instills a set of biases before I have the chance to open my mouth. As a minority in my classrooms, I continuously hear my peers and professors use language that both covertly and overtly oppresses the communities I belong to. Therefore, I do not always feel safe when I attempt to advocate for my people in these spaces,' she said.

Martinez further stated that the comment from her professor made her question her work which caused her to spend the entire class going through the paper which knew she didn't plagiarize.

She said she now questions her career path which is to become a professor.
"It is worth repeating how my professor assumed I could not use the word “hence,” a simple transitory word that connected two relating statements. The professor assumed I could not produce quality research. The professor read a few pages that reflected my comprehension of complex sociological theories and terms and invalidated it all. I am hurting because for a brief moment I believed them,' she wrote in the blogpost."
The university has reacted to the story saying the case is currently under investigation.

Source: Daily Mail


Juliet Iwuno said...

Lekwa okoro o! Linda take note!

ONYX linda ikeji first son GODWIN said...

Hence is an English word, or did the professor take Malawian weed too?

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Iphie Abraham said...

She didn't have to do that.

Lib addict#just passing#

Uju Phil said...

Lmao... Imagine! He must be an old professor!!! 😂

Ohiren's Zone said...

Na wa o!...see wetin the Obama's and Trump's don cause all because of "plagiarism"....SMH

charles obaze said...

Professors tho

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

No be small plagiarism o. Lol

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Liuz Babz said...

like seriously! did he expect her to create new english words?

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Bloody racist


Them professors always act like they know it all... Moving on.

Bonita Bislam said...

Stereotypes exist everywhere. Countless times, my surname and where I come from has already made people form opinion about who I am looool.
The truth is, there is good and bad in everybody, in every nation, in every race, and in every religion. To hear someone say that all the people that belong to a certain country, race, or religion are bad — is extremely untruthful and makes the person making the statement lose credibility right away. We are all flawed and even nature is flawed. Nobody is perfect, and no country, race or religion is perfect. Duality and polarity are imprinted in everything in nature — in all humans, and even within ourselves. For example, there are those who are ignorant, and those who are wise.

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Zakiya Goje said...

Eyyah, I felt for her. Such things happen in schools abroad, here in Nigeria, if words like hence, henceforth, nevertheless are used, Aahh, professor go dey hail person I swear.

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Odibe Blessing said...

Lolz,i don't even knw what to tell them sef

Jamila Shaibu said...

Lol.... wa ooo

Chukwudi Okorafor Ogba said...

Maybe the Professor thinks a person from Latin and Spanish descent can not speak speak English like him.

Anonymous said...

The professor is suggesting that 'hence' as a transitional word, is too complex and sophisticated for those who English isn't their first language, to utilise or comprehend.

She's just been racially stereotyped and her education is at risk.

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