Assistant editor dismissed

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Written by Cannon Operating Committee

Rohan Deogaonkar, an Assistant Editor at thecannon.ca, has been dismissed for plagiarism. Over the last two years, he has been posting articles on the website that he falsely and deceptively claimed to have written.

Mr. Deogaonkar was found to have plagiarised on at least eight separate instances, dating back to February 2004. He changed the titles of the stolen articles — and, in some instances, inserted additional content — but most of what he passed off as his own work was taken from other writers without attribution.

The plagiarised material has been removed from the site, as has any material determined to have questionable origins.

Mr. Deogaonkar had been employed by thecannon.ca for almost two years, first as a Volunteer Coordinator, and then, beginning in the fall of 2005, as one of two Assistant Editors. He was paid to provide original content for the site and to post, when appropriate, links and sourced material from other sites.

Rohan Deogaonkar has offered no explanation or rationale for his dishonesty to his employers, and has, as of this writing, not apologised to the cannon.ca operating committee or to the students at the University of Guelph (who pay for the site through a levy). He has also not offered to make restitution.

The departure of thecannon.ca Editor Craig Norris at the end of January 2006 is not related to the dismissal of Mr. Deogaonkar.

The operating committee and the owners of thecannon.ca apologize to its readers for any inconvenience this incident may have caused.

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