Monday, October 01, 2007

Ohio U. prof's 1983 action dismissed in Ohio U. plagiarism mire

The Athens News reports:

Ohio University has won dismissal of a federal civil-rights lawsuit by an engineering professor who was disciplined for allowing graduate students to commit plagiarism in written theses.

However, an attorney for Jay Gunasekera said Friday that "we think the ruling is incorrect and we're going to appeal," to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court.

Attorney John Spenceley Marshall also pointed out that Gunasekera still has a defamation action against OU pending in the Ohio Court of Claims, which he said was always the more likely of the two suits to result in significant money damages for the professor.

"The state court action has always been the action for real damages," Marshall said, while the federal suit was more about a principle.

See previous IPBiz post:

Flipping Filippo, Batman, Gunasekera files federal suit against Ohio U. officials


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