Pedro Castillo: What actions could Sunedu take after the preliminary report from the UCV on the thesis of the president and his wife?

Pedro Castillo: What actions could Sunedu take after the preliminary report from the UCV on the thesis of the president and his wife?

Sunedu is still awaiting final administrative report from the César Vallejo University, founded by César Acuña.

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Pedro Castillo: What actions could Sunedu take after the preliminary report of the UCV on the thesis of the president and his wife ?

Pedro Castillo and his wife are being investigated by the Trujillo prosecutor's office for allegedly plagiarizing their thesis for a master's degree. (Photo: Government Palace)/

The The National Superintendence of Higher University Education (Sunedu) is waiting for the Cesar Vallejo University (UCV) -owned by the founder of Alianza para el Progreso (APP) César Acuña- sends you the final report of the administrative decisions regarding the complaint of alleged plagiarism in the president's thesis Pedro Castillo and his wife Lilia Paredes.

In a report, where the UCV analyzed the academic study with which the president and the first lady chose the degree of “Magister in Educational Psychology”, it was determined that said work reached 86% of similarities with exclusions and 96% without exclusions -with works by other authors- in the 27 pages that the theoretical framework contains.

Despite this, the university determined that the work presented by Pedro Castillo and Lilia Paredes maintained a sense of originality.

Read Here is the complete report that the UCV presented to Sunedu

What can Sunedu do about it?

On May 4, the Sunedu requested information from the UCVon the investigations that it carried out after the public denunciations of alleged irregularities in the thesis of the head of state.

“Having expired the established term In the request, the UCV has requested additional days to deliver said information. After this period, the Sunedu will take actions according to its powers”, the institution stated in a press release.

Sources from Sunedu informed El Comercio that, so far, the UCV does not deliver the requested information, but that they are within the additional period granted.

As indicated, said entity, which supervises the educational quality, does not have the power to decide on the originality or not of the thesis presented by Castillo and Paredes; and also not to override. However, it can sanction the university.

If the title had been issued within the framework of the University Law, the Sunedu could have made the decision not to record the educational degree that Castillo and his wife were awarded with said thesis.

However, in the present case, the registration of said title was carried out prior to the University Lawby the National Assembly of Rectors (ANR).

In what Sunedu can act, in this case, is to determine if the UCV carried out the entire process that is approved in the quality principles of its ethics manual for these cases. If any breach is detected, the university is sanctioned.

“What can be supervised is whether this (research) is consistent with the Code of Ethics for publications that was approved for the UCV obtain your license, that is, all the research that followed this topic”, explained from said entity.

Therefore, the Directorate of Supervision of the Sunedu is waiting for the university to inform them of the final decision of the University Council of the UCV.

“They could manifest themselves as evidence of plagiarism”

On May 12, at a press conference headed by César Acuña, the The UCV commission that analyzed the thesis presented by Pedro Castillo and Lilia Paredes, determined that, despite the fact that the Turnitin Originality program had detected plagiarism in the document, it “maintained its contribution of originality.”

Days later, the report was sent to Sunedu. In said document, the UCV points out a precision that it did not provide at the conference. Turnitin detected that 86% of the theoretical framework of the thesis presented scientific literature similar to the writing of other sources.

“It is the section of the thesis that is made up mostly of content that comes from other sources, such as scientific publications in indexed journals and books, which in the event of a bad practice in citation and references could manifest as evidence of plagiarism”, indicates the UCV.

Despite this, they decided to take into account only the results of the methodological framework presented presented 17% similarity with other works, 0% in the results of the investigation and 0% in conclusions and suggestions to conclude that “The thesis maintains a contribution of originality in the chapters referring to: III Methodological Framework, IV Results and V Conclusions and suggestions”.

Pedro Castillo: What actions could Sunedu take after the preliminary report of the UCV on the thesis of the president and his wife ?

UCV report on the thesis of Pedro Castillo and his wife Lilia Paredes.

54 citations not assigned to their authors

In its conclusions, the UCV refuses to mention the word “plagiarism” despite the fact that in one of its items they indicate that “they are evidenced in the 54 findings of content similarity”< /i> with other works.

And it is that, the same UCV detected that in the thesis of Pedro Castillo and Lilia Paredes presented: (a) verbatim copy without mention of the source or reference and (b) verbatim copy including the citation of the original source but not in accordance with the guidelines of the APA Publication Manual (citation secondary, long and short verbatim citation style).

The copied texts correspond to works by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, the Economic and Social Research Consortium (CIES), among others.

Furthermore, the UCV excuses its lack of rigor in controlling the support of the thesis of Castillo and Paredes, alleging that “the preparation of research work in the Universidad César Vallejo, during 2012, did not have the support of software for originality control”. For this reason, they add, “the similarity analysis should be considered in its context.”

Furthermore…What did Pedro Castillo say about the plagiarism complaint?

On the 4th of May, the president Pedro Castillo, He denied that he had plagiarized his master's thesis and pointed out that the journalistic report that reports texts copied without source in his academic work has a “political tint” and is part of a “destabilizing plan” to promote ungovernability.

This despite the fact that the Cesar Vallejo University itself  and the prosecutor's office is analyzing this case

“I reject the malicious accusations made by a journalistic program […] I reject any irregular act. The thesis work was validated with the respective educational quality standards”, he pointed out.

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