CSC allegedly plagiarizes statement
The Central Student Council (CSC) was hit for allegedly plagiarizing their official statement on sexual harassment released last Friday.
Isabel Espinola, a Political Science senior, pointed out in a tweet that the CSC used parts of the statement released by The Political Science Forum (TPSF) last Feb. 1.
CSC’s official statement read: “In line with this, the University of Santo Tomas—Central Student Council refuses to remain silent with regard to the circulating issues of victim blaming, cyber bullying, and sexual harassment that have been circulating on social media. We are calling upon each and every one of our fellow Thomasians to break these persisting cycles of negligence, apathy, and injustice and to make a firm stand for their rights and privileges.”
It bears similarities with TPSF’s statement which read: “With this, the Political Science Forum refuses to be silent concerning the issue of victim-blaming and sexual harassment circulating on social media. The Forum encourages all Thomasians to unite and take a firm stand against all forms of oppression and impunity that perpetuate prejudiced thinking.”
Espinola told TomasinoWeb that CSC should apologize for their mistake.
“I feel like the least they could have done was an apology on their part but so far we have just seen officers from the CSC justifying the mistake. Our people worked hard for that statement, it was a group effort. Written word by word by our officers. It is insulting and unacceptable for the Forum to be treated this way,” she said.
Espinola said that the CSC officers and staffers defending the council against the allegations show “how low our standards are when it comes to research and writing. Intellectual property is as good as anyone’s material property.”
She added that TPSF had reached out to the CSC about the issue. Both parties will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
TomasinoWeb tried to get comment from the CSC regarding the accusation, however they have not responded.
CSC already released a statement on Jan. 31, appealing “to comprehend the situation as a whole, and to not merely presume and conclude based on a single standpoint.”
Along with the statement, the student council also released a flowchart that shows the procedure of disciplinary action based from the student handbook. The student council does not have any direct role in disciplinary actions.
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