The Phd Thesis and course work all are un-plagiarized; degree completed through all the normal procedures of the university. However, a plagiarized research paper which is un-related to the doctoral thesis and coursework was published during the PhD tenure.

What are the chances of degree revoke (the degree has long been granted).


  • Very slim chance, though it might depend on circumstances. Can you retract/correct the paper? And what some fear is plagiarism is really just sloppy scholarship or other errors of a less serious nature.
    – Buffy
    Jun 6, 2019 at 17:21
  • the plagiarized paper is heavily plagiarized (I always regret that time of doing it).... can you please explain 'though it might depend on circumstances'.
    – australian
    Jun 6, 2019 at 17:27
  • it must be added here that the plagiarized paper has no match for the scope and field of study of doctoral dissertation.
    – australian
    Jun 6, 2019 at 17:29
  • I would like if anyone has ever seen such a case.
    – australian
    Jun 6, 2019 at 17:30
  • If ever such a case happened, please share the details.
    – australian
    Jun 6, 2019 at 17:30

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It can happen. But it would depend a lot on the policies at that institution. As reported in the New York Times, consider the case of Senator John Walsh (D-MT), whose master's degree from the US Army War College was revoked when it was discovered that he had plagiarized a paper he'd submitted in partial satisfaction of his degree requirements seven years earlier. They even ground his name off the bronze plaque listing the school's graduates.

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    Thanks for a reply. It must be mentioned here that the plagiarized paper has not been referred to as a part of partial satisfaction of degree requirement. It was a stand alone incident.
    – australian
    Jun 6, 2019 at 18:50

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