I regret to inform Colonnade readers about an instance of plagiarism that was published in the paper. A column containing paragraphs that were almost identical to an Associated Press column covering the same topic, but contained no attribution, was published.
The Colonnade then investigated all columns and articles written by this author and found no other identifiable cases of plagiarism.
Though the occurrence seems to be isolated, even one instance is wholly unacceptable. Plagiarism is a violation of the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, which The Colonnade subscribes to, and the Georgia College Honor Code.
As editor of the paper all of the content is my responsibility and I should have caught the occurrence before publication, but I plan to be more diligent about checking for plagiarism in the future in all writing submitted to The Colonnade.
The writer has been dismissed from staff for the remainder of the semester. The offending column has been removed from our website and the instance of plagiarism has been reported to the Office of Student Affairs.
It is my sincerest hope that The Colonnade can earn back your trust as a reader over the course of the semester.