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Laura Huhtasaari, a deputy chairperson of the Finns Party, has been accused of copying up to 30 per cent of her master’s thesis from a single source without giving credit.
Laura Huhtasaari, a deputy chairperson of the Finns Party, has been accused of copying up to 30 per cent of her master’s thesis from a single source without giving credit.

 

Laura Huhtasaari, a deputy chairperson of the Finns Party, has stated that she did not act fraudulently in writing her master’s thesis at the University of Jyväskylä in the early 2000s.

“I most certainly did not act in a fraudulent way in writing my thesis,” she states in a blog on Puheenvuoro. “I tried to comply with the referencing guidelines I was given at the time and had confidence that any notable shortcomings and other specification needs would be identified in the preliminary examination. I was writing in a hurry and had not set my ambitions high.”

Huhtasaari also reiterated her assessment that the continuing allegations are part of a witch hunt.

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“The controversy surrounding my thesis continues,” she said. “I am being labelled as a fraudulent person. People are the sum of their characteristics. Fraudulence is not one of my characteristics. I am a person who does not fuss over details. I am not a pedant.”

YLE on Wednesday reported that she appears to have copied up to 30 per cent of her thesis, without giving credit, from the master’s thesis of Tiina Simpanen.

Huhtasaari faced similar allegations also in the run-up to the presidential elections held in January, 2018. The University of Jyväskylä re-examined her thesis in response to the allegations, concluding that while she had violated academic rules by copying roughly 10 per cent of her thesis, her violation had not been serious enough to warrant a more thorough examination.

Keijo Hämäläinen, the rector of the University of Jyväskylä, confirmed last week that the university is prepared to re-examine the thesis in light of the new revelations.

“We will carry our responsibility,” he tweeted on Thursday. “We examine the new information that has been brought to light in accordance with the guidance on research ethics. If necessary, a new examination will follow.”

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi