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Councilman Reeve Gone at Concordia

No explanation is given, but the move follows accusations he plagiarized.

Amid plagiarism allegations and well into the fall semester, San Juan Capistrano City Councilman Derek Reeve is inexplicably no longer teaching at Concordia University.

"Derek Reeve is not currently employed by Concordia," a university spokeswoman said Friday, declining to provide an explanation.

The move comes two weeks after Patch reported that from copyrighted articles in blog essays he wrote for Patch, as well as in two of his City Council staff reports.

When the story broke, Reeve was employed part-time by Concordia, a private Christian university in Irvine. According to the school's fall schedule, Reeve was teaching two political science classes this semester: American Government and Comparative Political Systems.

Attempts to reach Reeve for comment were unsuccessful. But earlier this week, in a guest column published by the Orange County Register, he contended that blogs are informal literature in which attribution is not required.

"Most people recognize that blogging is an informal style of communication, like musings, in which the standards of communication are relaxed," he wrote. "Despite this, a false set of assumptions have been erroneously placed upon me in order to make pseudo-accusations of 'plagiarism.'"

Experts and authors disagreed, saying no matter what the format or venue is, the same rules apply: verbatim copying of another person's work needs to be in quotes, and attributed.

It isn't unheard of for colleges to punish professors who plagiarize. In 2004, for example, the University of New Hampshire penalized a professor for "scholarly misconduct" over a column published in Manchester's The Union Leader.

Reeve, an attorney, is also a part-time instructor at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo. A Saddleback spokeswoman declined to comment for this story.

marcopolo October 08, 2011 at 12:22 AM
Wow. Concordia...sticking up for academic integrity.
Carole Matson October 08, 2011 at 02:29 AM
Finally, justice against one who stretches ethics and morals. I pray that Saddleback follows their lead.
Carole Matson October 08, 2011 at 02:29 AM
GREAT work Patch!!!!
laconic October 08, 2011 at 03:39 AM
Seems as though Saddleback will need to weigh in on the issue of academic integrity, too.
concerned parent October 08, 2011 at 02:24 PM
Concordia is doing the right thing. I hope Saddleback will as well. And I trust Mr. Reeve will have learned a lesson that he can't get away with stealing other people's intellectual property.
Dan October 08, 2011 at 02:29 PM
Rick Lyons..... Hello Rick Lyons? Where are you? Nothing to say about this?
SJ October 08, 2011 at 02:38 PM
What a mess and something this City Council needs to get far away from. This guy sure did go on a downward spiral really fast. So many really other important things to talk about - so do the right thing Reeve and slowly disappear from the City Council as well and try to fix the mess you've created.
Eric Groos October 08, 2011 at 05:04 PM
"TTFN" (Tigger - Winnie the Pooh) "PIN HEAD" (Bill O'Reilly)
j denton October 08, 2011 at 06:10 PM
What lesson is Mr Reeves teaching his kids?
CE October 08, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Assuming he really was let go, was it mid-semester or not? And was it over the plagiarism, or the dog issue, or just his general notoriety? I guess we'll never know.
Carole Matson October 08, 2011 at 07:42 PM
How to lie, cheat and steal. Great role model, huh? I pray for him a lot. He has lost his moral and ethical compass, along with his Christian one. He has a lot of 'splanin' to do! If he has even an ounce of decency left, he should step down from the City Counsil seat so they can get on with City work and not his disruptions. By the way...hey Lyons and Perry...no comment?
KC October 08, 2011 at 10:48 PM
It might have been for the plagarisim since real schools fire professors for something like that as it's the core of the profession. The other stuff may have not helped as well.
CE October 10, 2011 at 12:22 AM
I was just looking for a particular comment by Rick Lyons on another article -- and it's gone! He (or someone else) apparently deleted nearly all his past comments. I'm sure the liberals are to blame. That must be it.
Carole Matson October 10, 2011 at 01:29 AM
You're right!!! All of Lyons posts are gone!!! I'll check Perry's also....Roy and Jenna...do you have any insite into what happened to all of the posts? Thanks!
dissenting voice October 10, 2011 at 04:45 AM
Yes, sometimes councilmen say things they would like to take back. I am sure everyone has. This happens. I remember Tom Hribar wishing he hadn't talked about the crows. My husband and I voted for and support Derek Reeves. We are not in favor of the debt that our current council has failed to deal with and the use of the redevelopment agency (tax payer funds) to fund private sector business in our community. This council needs to spend more time on the real economic issues facing this city and less time attacking one of its own. A good start would be a focus on reducing costs in our overbloated city budget.
Carole Matson October 10, 2011 at 04:01 PM
to dissenting voice. I believe you have your facts wrong. The Council has not had anything to do with the plagiarism situation. Never mentioned at meetings, etc. nor anywhere else. So please keep the finger pointing to where it belongs, Reeve plagiarized and that is serious!
Squonk October 10, 2011 at 06:56 PM
WWRLS? (What Would Rick Lyons Say?)

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