Academics sacked for plagiarism

Updated 09 May 2015

Academics sacked for plagiarism

Several academics have been fired from their teaching jobs at universities across the country for plagiarism, a leading academic has said.
They had stolen the work of researchers based inside and outside the country, said Rashud Al-Kharaif, dean of scientific research at King Saud University, according to a recent media report.
Al-Kharaif was addressing a scientific research forum sponsored by the National Anti-Corruption Commission at Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh on Tuesday.
He said university professors at the universities had discovered the fraud. They did not have the aid of special software to detect the plagiarism because most of these were not in Arabic.
If plagiarism is suspected, a university sets up a commission to investigate the case, followed by a higher committee to submit a report to the rector. Later, a disciplinary committee is formed to determine penalties, which could include salary deductions, cancelation of promotions or sacking.


Number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia could hit 200,000, says health minister

Updated 07 April 2020

Number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia could hit 200,000, says health minister

  • Minister added it was vital the public cooperated with the government’s instructions and precautionary measures

RIYADH: The number of COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia could reach up to 200,000 within a few weeks, according to the Kingdom’s health minister.

Citing four Saudi and international studies on Tuesday, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said the case figure is likely to see a constant increase rather than a decrease, Saudi Press Agency reported.

"Within the next few weeks, studies predict the number of infections will range from a minimum of 10,000 to a maximum of 200,000," Al-Rabiah said.

The minister added it was vital the public cooperated with the government’s instructions and precautionary measures to limit the number of infections.

“There is no doubt that our commitment to the instructions and procedures, in its entirety reduces the number of cases to the minimum, while non-compliance will lead to a huge increase in the number of cases,” he said.

“We stand today at a decisive moment as a society in raising our sense of responsibility and contributing together with determination to stop the spread of this pandemic,”

Many people were not taking the dangers of the pandemic seriously enough, according to the health minister, adding that the Kingdom had death with the crisis with full “transparency and clarity.”

The Saudi health ministry also announced on Tuesday that there were a total of 2,795 confirmed cases and the death toll from the virus in the Kingdom had reached 41.

A 24-hour curfew and lockdown has been imposed in the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Al-Hofuf and in the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Last week, King Salman issued a decree which ordered treatment to be available for anyone in need of medical care, including people who have overstayed their visa in the Kingdom.