The Ethics Commission of the ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ Police Academy has established that Bucharest District 3 Mayor Robert Negoita plagiarised his doctoral thesis and has asked the National Council for the Certification of University Titles, Diplomas and Certificates (CNATDCU) to revoke his Ph.D. title, Police Academy Rector Daniel Torje stated for news.ro.
“Two days ago (last Thursday – editor’s note), the Ethics Commission issued its point of view on Mr. Negoita’s thesis, in the sense that it recognises it as plagiarism and we have asked CNATDCU’s special commission to revoke his Ph.D. title. Obviously, CNATDCU’s special commission will take a decision,” Daniel Torje stated for news.ro.
The rector of the Police Academy stated that the institution he leads has adopted a position of responsibility and transparency in relation to the plagiarism suspicions appearing in the press. “The Police Academy already has a certain attitude toward these plagiarisms, further proof of the fact that as a university we have adopted a position of responsibility and transparency in relation to all the suspicions appearing in the press,” Daniel Torje pointed out.
He added that the Police Academy has also adopted an internal procedure according to which only tenured members of the institution can be admitted to its doctoral schools.
Education Ministry Spokesperson Mirabela Amarandei stated on Sunday for Agerpres that CNATDCU’s Technical Secretariat received on Friday the point of view on the plagiarism committed by Bucharest District 3 Mayor Robert Negoita.
“CNATDCU’s Technical Secretariat received on Friday the Police Academy’s point of view which notes that Mr. Robert Negoita’s doctoral thesis was plagiarised and which recommends the revocation of his Ph.D. title,” Mirabela Amarandei stated.
District 3 Mayor Robert Negoita said he would not regret having his Ph.D. title revoked, his only regret being that in the past he allowed himself to be lured by the “fad” of academic titles.
Negoita: The only thing I regret is that in the past I allowed myself to be lured by this academic titles “fad”
“The ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ Police Academy’s Ethics Commission has started the procedure through which my Ph.D. title will most likely be revoked. I would have no regret were that to happen, the more so since I realise that the most important thing in my public administration career was the knowledge gained empirically.”
“The only thing I regret is that in the past I allowed myself to be lured by this “fad” of academic titles. It’s an episode I take responsibility for and from which I learned an important lesson: the only achievements worthy of mention are those built on a healthy foundation! I adopted this principle as a mayor but unfortunately I did not consider it from an academic perspective. That is precisely why I would respect the decision of the National Council for the Certification of University Titles, Diplomas and Certificates if it were to decide to revoke my Ph.D. title,” Robert Negoita wrote on Facebook.
Robert Negoita’s Juridical Science doctoral thesis was plagiarised from its first to its last phrase, being fully copied mostly from online sources, journalist Emilia Sercan wrote in May in an article published by PressOne.
The doctoral thesis, titled “The economic-financial crisis and its impact on social balance,” includes fragments written by famous economist Nouriel Roubini, Romanian National Bank Governor Mugur Isarescu, former Hungarian National Bank Chairman Peter Akos Bod, economy professor Cristian Paun and former Securitate spy Liviu Turcu. Likewise, the doctoral thesis copies press articles published on contributors.ro, cursdeguvernare.ro, hotnews.ro, euractiv.ro, Tribuna Economica and Euro Avocatura.
Robert Negoita obtained a Ph.D. title in Juridical Science from the ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ Police Academy in 2012. His doctoral thesis was coordinated by professor Ioan Dascalu, associate coordinator of doctoral theses at the Police Academy and former dean of Bioterra University’s Law Faculty.
Negoita and Dascalu now risk being accused of forgery of public documents, since they vouched for the originality of the thesis in line with National Education Law no.1/2011 and with the Code of Doctoral Studies, through an affidavit they signed and included in the doctoral file.
The Education Law promoted by Daniel Funeriu and adopted in 2011 stipulates the obligation to sign “an affidavit concerning the originality of the doctoral thesis’s contents and the upholding of standards of quality and professional ethics.” Such an affidavit has to be signed by both the author and the coordinator of the doctoral thesis. In the affidavit, Negoita and Dascalu stated that the thesis is the result of their own activities and achievements, does not contain plagiarised sections, the bibliography used is indicated in the thesis, the fragments used are properly outlined in line with Romanian legislation and international conventions on copyright and the thesis respects the standards of quality and professional ethics.”