FSU professor fired; provost says research ‘negligence’ caused near ‘catastrophic’ damage

Florida State University research professor of criminology Eric Stewart has been fired following a full investigation into ongoing, questionable research allegations from the past four years.

The decision was effective Thursday, July 13, and stated in a five-page termination letter to Stewart from FSU’s Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs James Clark, firing Stewart from the position he held since 2007.

While the five studies — which were published between 2006 and 2015 in the journals Criminology, Social Problems and Law and Society Review — were retracted, a research paper sole-authored by Stewart in 2003 was also reviewed and retracted.

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