JMU votes no impeachment for plagiarism
September 14, 2007
The James Madison University student government voted Tuesday to censure president Brandon Eickel for plagiarizing the campaign platform of Zach Pilchen ’09, the College’s Student Assembly president.
p. JMU’s student newspaper, The Breeze, reported after a three-hour debate, senators voted by secret ballot not to impeach.
Voting by secret ballot violates the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.
p. “I can honestly say I have learned more from making this mistake than I have from any other class at JMU,” Eickel said, according to The Breeze.
p. A senator told The Breeze that he is resigning from the student government to protest the decision not to impeach Eickel and that he plans to organize sit-ins at future meetings.