Ohio Professor To Rebut Allegations At Hearing

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Athens, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio college professor who says he was wrongly accused of helping students plagiarize is getting a chance to clear his name.

Attorneys for Jay Gunasekera say he will rebut allegations at a public hearing Monday at Ohio University. A federal court ordered the hearing.

Gunasekera was stripped of his role as a graduate student adviser in the mechanical engineering department after a 2006 school investigation into whether graduate students copied master's or doctoral theses. Investigators said unnamed faculty members ignored ethical responsibilities.

Gunasekera contends investigators implied that he ignored plagiarism.

University spokeswoman Kelley Finan says the university is complying with the court order but cannot comment due to pending litigation.

Gunasekera has sued the school in state and federal courts.

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