Harvard University is reviewing an embattled business professor’s tenure for possible revocation.
Francesca Gino, a researcher of dishonesty, stands accused of manipulating data. Inside Higher Ed confirmed with Gino’s legal team Monday that the university sent her the tenure-review notice, but her legal team declined to share a copy of the full letter for confidentiality reasons.
Harvard did not respond to requests for comment about its review of Gino’s tenure. Gino has been on administrative leave since at least June.
The Harvard Corporation, the university governing body, has the authority to revoke tenure, and can do so only for “grave misconduct or neglect of duty,” according to The New York Times. Harvard did not respond to a question asking if it has ever revoked a professor’s tenure before.
Earlier this month, Gino filed a defamation lawsuit against Harvard, the dean of its business school and three professors who write the blog Data Colada and used the platform to detail Gino’s alleged academic dishonesty. Gino is seeking apologies from the defendants and at least $25 million in damages.