Christian Law School Dean Accused of Plagiarizing the Encyclopedia

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In the academic world, plagiarism is a cardinal sin—almost a capital offense. But even a high school sophomore knows that if you are going to plagiarize, don't rip off the encyclopedia; it's a sure-fire way of getting caught. Still, that's the accusation being leveled against Winston L. Frost, dean of Trinity Law School in Santa Ana, California. An unnamed source inside the 200-student evangelical school told the provost that Frost's Trinity Law Review article "The Development of Human Rights Discourse: A History of the Human Rights Movement" was awfully similar to an entry in Encyclopedia Britannica. "Some portions [of Frost's article] … appear to be much the same as another identified article previously published by a separate author," said Gregory L. Waybright, president of the Deerfield, Illinois-based Trinity International University, which runs the California campus. Frost, however, denies the allegations and has until Monday to issue a written response. He has been suspended with pay during the investigation. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times did a bit of an analysis of the articles, noting that Britannica begins, "The expression 'human rights' is relatively new, having come into everyday parlance only since World War II and the founding of the United Nations in 1945." Frost, meanwhile, began his article, "The expression 'human rights' is a relatively new one, having come into everyday usage after World War II and the founding of the United Nations."

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