Edelman v. Harvard

For 11 years, I was a faculty member at Harvard Business School. I met and exceeded the school’s high standards for research and teaching. I loved my work and won high praise from colleagues and students for my contributions to multiple academic fields, for my teaching, and for my service to the school. I looked forward to continuing my work at HBS for the foreseeable future.

My promotion to tenure was derailed by improper disciplinary proceedings — a kangaroo court that ran roughshod over the governing rules. For example, the rules require the disciplinary committee to share with me (and readers of its report) “the evidence gathered.” Far from providing evidence, the 2017 report attached zero emails, zero transcripts of interviews, and zero other documents. Instead of providing evidence, the committee offered mere summaries of twelve anonymous interview remarks, with both names and contexts intentionally removed, in brazen violation of the requirement to provide “the evidence gathered.” That’s not justice, and it’s clearly not permitted under the applicable rules.

I’m suing Harvard to insist that these proceedings be corrected, in conformance with the rules. I’m not perfect — who is? — but if the proceedings follow the rules, I will clear my name of the incorrect charges, and my candidacy can then be evaluated on its merits.

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