U of T reviewing Chris Spence’s dissertation for plagiarism

The University of Toronto is investigating allegations that former Toronto District School Board director Chris Spence plagiarized several lengthy passages of his PhD dissertation.

Spence received a doctorate in education from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 1996. His thesis was titled “The Effects of Sport Participation on the Academic and Career Aspirations of Black Male Student Athletes in Toronto High Schools.”

The Star found five passages that had apparently been plagiarized from other sources, in the first 33 pages of the 289-page document alone.

The Chris Spence Educational Archive