Saturday, January 17, 2015

Harvard Did Not Defame Law Student by Noting Plagiarism Reprimand

From JD Journal:

A federal judge ruled that Harvard Law did not commit defamation by noting a student’s plagiarism on her transcript. According to the National Law Journal, a federal judge ruled that Harvard Law did not defame a graduate of the law school by reprimanding her for plagiarism. Judge Rya Zobel of the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts granted summary judgment in the suit, which was filed on behalf of Megon Walker in 2012.

 Walker sued not only the university, but also law school administrators and two former classmates. Walker was a member of Harvard Law’s class of 2009. She alleged that the school committed a breach of contract by supposedly failing to follow its own disciplinary procedures during an investigation into the plagiarism of a law review article. She added that the school’s notation of a reprimand on her transcript was defamatory, and ended up costing her a job with a prestigious law firm, according to FindLaw.

You can read the rest of the story here. I think you will agree with the judge.

(ljs)

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