This university president is forced to resign after plagiarizing a speech

This university president is forced to resign after plagiarizing a speech


The president of the University of South Carolina submitted his resignation this week after committing plagiarism over the weekend in a commencement ceremony speech. He took a large portion of his address from Admiral William McRaven, who previously served at the helm of the US Special Forces. 

“I was searching for words about resilience in adversity and when they were transcribed into the speech, I failed to ensure its attribution. I take full responsibility for this oversight,” he said in his resignation letter. 

In 2014, McCraven addressed University of Texas graduates with the following words: “Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often. But if you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up—if you do these things, then the next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today…”

Caslen copied the speech almost word for word, without attribution. 

What other embarrassing gaffe did students witness, and what are the next steps for the university?

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