Claudine Gay Plagiarism Scandal ‘Taints the Harvard Brand’: Law Professor

Evelyn Li
By Evelyn Li
December 22, 2023NTD Good Morning

The president of Harvard University, Claudine Gay, found herself at the center of a plagiarism storm this week.

But what is Claudine Gay accused of—inadequate citation, or something more serious? And how has this damaged Harvard’s reputation?

NTD spoke to William Jacobson, a professor at Cornell Law School and the founder of The Equal Protection Project, to find out what effect the allegations could have on the Ivy League university.

“I think it taints the Harvard brand,” he said. “The Harvard brand was ‘the best and the brightest’—[the] leading university in the world, perhaps.”

“And they have somebody who’s at the head of the institution who has committed numerous … instances of plagiarism dating back to her doctoral dissertation.”

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