- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 1, 2004


BOSTON — A woman with cerebral palsy is suing Boston University for kicking her out of law school in a plagiarism dispute.

Layla Kiani, 26, has admitted to errors in footnoting four of her papers, but insists that she never tried to sneak anything past her professors, the Boston Herald reported.

Miss Kiani says misprescribed anti-anxiety medication caused her to experience chronic drowsiness and not be as careful as she wanted to be about attribution.

The school charged her with plagiarism in May 2003 and lowered her grades accordingly. Then, six days before she was set to graduate, BU dismissed her, Miss Kiani says.

BU attorney Lawrence Elswit defends the school’s decision to cut Miss Kiani loose after her grades were lowered because the plagiarism charges caused her average to drop below 2.0.

“Without getting into too much detail, the evidence of plagiarism was indisputable and overwhelming,” Mr. Elswit said.

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