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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.

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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