Newspaper La Jornada
Monday December 26, 2022, p. 3
The Academic and Scientific Integrity Committee of the Faculty of Higher Studies (FES) Aragón, of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), in charge of reviewing the case of the minister of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN ) Yasmín Esquivel, regarding her degree thesis at the undergraduate level, from 1987, will prepare a technical opinion based on the analysis of the documents, which will be made known directly to the management of this academic entity, in accordance with university regulations .
Once delivered, and if it is concluded that the minister’s thesis is the same or similar to the one published a year earlier by a Law School graduate, the management will present it to the University Court, which will determine the corresponding sanction; among these is the revocation of the professional title.
Last Friday, the UNAM reported that when carrying out a comparison
detailed From the thesis of Esquivel, candidate for the presidency of the SCJN, with another published in 1986, the General Directorate of Libraries and Digital Information Services found that there is
a high level of coincidences between both texts .
According to the guidelines for the integration, formation and registration of the ethics committees of the UNAM, the Academic and Scientific Integrity Committee –created in February 2022 at the FES Aragón– is the one that has
powers to rule on conduct related to the academic and scientific integrity of students, academic staff and university employees in the instances of their affiliation.
Meanwhile, in the UNAM document Plagiarism and Ethics, published in 2018, it is noted that the University Court
is the only competent body to analyze and resolve cases of this type, as well as to impose the corresponding sanction.
It resumes official letters from the Office of the General Counsel, one of which is an informative note of June 21, 2007 for graduates who present works of others as theses for their professional examination, in which it indicates as sanctions the nullity of the supported examination and revocation of professional title.
Explain that plagiarism is committed when a person, other than the author,
discloses, publishes or reproduces a work or part of it and presents it as one’s own. It indicates that in addition to copying sentences, paragraphs, larger fragments or the entire text, other practices such as false authorship are also identified, which is crediting a text to someone who did not write it.