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Department of Defense to Oversee Plagiarism Probe

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by Matt Volz, Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. ― The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh of Montana, the college’s provost said Tuesday.

Defense Department officials told the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, college that the department’s inspector general’s office will decide whether any discipline is warranted based on the recommendations of the school’s academic review board, Provost Lance Betros said.

Normally, that decision is reserved for the school’s deputy commandant. It is extremely rare, if not unprecedented, for the Defense Department to intervene, he said.

“Because this is a member of Congress who is a military veteran, we have been given instructions from DOD that they have jurisdiction in this case,” Betros said.

The public affairs office for the Defense Department’s inspector general did not immediately return a message for comment. Walsh campaign spokeswoman Lauren Passalacqua did not have an immediate comment.

The college referred the case to its five-member academic review board after a New York Times story last week showed that Walsh, a Democrat, used others’ work without attribution in a 2007 research paper required for a master’s degree.

Betros said Walsh has until Aug. 15 to turn in any material in his defense, and he may request to appear before the board.

“I’m very confident within a week we’ll have this wrapped up,” Betros said. “It should not take long.”

Walsh is running to keep the Senate seat he was appointed to in February when Max Baucus resigned to become ambassador to China. The former Montana adjutant general is running against Republican Rep. Steve Daines.

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