Court sides with Wayne State over revoked degree

DETROIT (AP) -- A former Wayne State University student has failed to convince an appeals court that the school violated her rights when it revoked her degree.

Hanna Jaber received a doctorate in education in 2008. But the degree was taken away after officials ran her dissertation through software and found parts of it had been plagiarized.

Jaber filed a lawsuit, saying her rights were violated. But a federal appeals court last week said Jaber had plenty of notice to defend herself against the allegations.

Wayne State told Jaber that it had never revoked a degree. But the three-judge panel says that's not a factor in Jaber's favor. The court says, "There is a first time for everything."

Published: Mon, Jul 16, 2012