Winston L. Frost has officially been fired as Dean of Trinity Law School in Santa Ana, California in an ongoing investigation of plagiarism. Frost, dean since 1998, has also been removed as regional president of Trinity International. According to the Los Angeles Times, he will remain suspended with pay until the school decides the fate of his tenured faculty position. The investigation is expected to conclude this week.
Frost was accused earlier this month of using large word-by-word sections out of an encyclopedia for his article, "The Development of Human Rights Discourse: A History of the Human Rights Movement." But more allegations piled up quickly. University officials are now investigating allegations that the same article also plagiarized a 1983 paper by legal scholar Jerome J. Shestack, and claims that Frost's master's thesis also plagiarized.
Frost has blamed the plagiarism charges on sloppy editing by students who allegedly deleted some footnotes and added others for references that were not used.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Trinity International University Provost Barry J. Beitzel dismissed Frost's explanations in a letter on Friday. The letter read:
It is apparent from your response that you have sought to evade all responsibility for the law review article that you authored. Both university policy and common sense do not support your position that you have no responsibility in this matter. Moreover, your assertion that these allegations of plagiarism are the result of missing and/or erroneous footnotes is a wholly inadequate response.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the allegations are only "the latest stumble in the occasionally rocky career ...1
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