In rare turnabout, student accuses teacher of plagiarism

Pioneer Press

A lawsuit and an online university setting add more twists in the high-stakes pursuit of a doctoral degree.

Mary Swenson struggled to finish her doctorate at Capella University. So when she found Sharon Bender, it seemed a saving grace.

A Capella business professor, Bender took an interest in Swenson’s management research, even suggesting they team up on a book, Swenson said.

Instead, she charges, her mentor began lifting her work. Swenson said she discovered “thinly veiled” versions of her own writing on Bender’s Web site and said that, when confronted, her mentor claimed she deserved some credit herself. Read full article.

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