Plagiarism allegations against 2nd MnSCU professor dismissed

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Plagiarism allegations against a Minnesota community college professor have been dismissed after an inquiry.

Dorothy Duran is president of Minnesota State, Southeast Technical. She was accused of plagiarism in her dissertation.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system said Friday that an inquiry by the University of Texas at Austin found Duran's behavior didn't rise to scientific misconduct, and a full investigation is not required.

Duran's doctoral degree was affirmed.

MnSCU chancellor Steven Rosenstone called the accusations "reckless" and part of a move to tarnish the reputation of MnSCU presidents. The charges came from a group pushing for change in MnSCU leadership.

Last month, similar accusations were dismissed against Annette Parker, head of South Central College in North Mankato.

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