- The Washington Times - Friday, February 22, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) — A Columbia University professor whose colleagues found a noose hanging from her office doorway will remain on staff despite being sanctioned for plagiarism, school officials said yesterday.

The university’s Teachers College announced Wednesday it had imposed “serious sanctions” against Madonna G. Constantine.

The college said a lengthy investigation uncovered numerous instances in which she used others’ work without attribution in papers she published in academic journals over the past five years.

Her lawyer said she had been targeted because of her race and hinted the sanctions and noose incident were linked, claims Teachers College spokeswoman Marcia Horowitz denied.

The inquiry into Miss Constantine began in 2006, well before the noose — a symbol of lynchings in the Deep South — was discovered in October, the school said.

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