Columbia Cans 'Noose' Prof Over Plagiarism

Teacher rejects allegations as conspiracy
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2008 11:16 AM CDT
Professor Madonna Constantine speaks at a rally at Teachers College at Columbia University, in 2007 after a hangman's noose was discovered on her office door at the college.    (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)
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(Newser) – A Columbia University professor who last year sparked racial controversy after finding a noose hanging from her door has been fired over allegations of plagiarism, CNN reports. Madonna Constantine, a faculty member at the university’s Teachers College, claims the decision is the result of a plot against her.

"It is my opinion that this investigation, along with other incidents that have happened to me at Teachers College in recent months, point to a conspiracy and witch-hunt by certain current and former members of the Teachers College community," Constantine said in a written statement. (Read more Columbia University stories.)