University of Tehran Statement on Khatami

The University of Tehran has issued a statement on the plagiarism allegations against Mahmoud Khatami (reported earlier here and here). I have been provided with two translations of the statement. One is by someone who prefers to remain anonymous.  It is reprinted below. The other is by Shirzad Peik Herfeh, assistant professor of philosophy at Imam Khomeini International University (IKIU), and is available here. I am grateful to both of them for their assistance with this story. The original statement, in Persian, is here.

Statement of the University of Tehran Concerning Recent Rumors about the Plagiarism of One of Its Faculty Members

In reference to recent rumors on the internet about the plagiarism of one of the faculty members of the University of Tehran, and given that we have no statement from him, and that there are allegations from different people, we would like to draw the attention of the academic community of the country to the following points: The University of Tehran has always insisted on academic honesty and the respect for intellectual property rights. To respect these rights is an essential duty of the University to fulfill and on which the University makes no compromise. Hence, to protect the credit and the rights of the University and victims, the University has selected a special committee, comprised of experts in the field, to examine the issue quickly, seriously and thoroughly. The verdict of the committee will be grounds for action and will be made available to the public. 

Should charges be proved, the university would punish the wrongdoer severely, and refer the case to the proper authorities. However, if the allegations are proved wrong, the University, as always, has the obligation to defend its faculty members.

The Public Relations Office, University of Tehran

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