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Alabama college president accused of plagiarism

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A lawsuit filed against William Meehan claims he submitted a dissertation that was copied in part from another professor's work around the time he became JSU president in 1999.

An Associated Press review found similarities between the two papers, and an expert hired by a JSU professor suing Meehan over
another issue concluded his dissertation was plagiarism.

Meehan said through a university spokesman there was "no
substance" to the charges, and University of Alabama officials
found no reason to take any action.

Reports in 2007 revealed that newspaper columns appearing under
Meehan's name were lifted off Internet sites. The school said the
columns were ghostwritten by a former university publicist.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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