A Harvard University professor is facing an online backlash for plagiarizing a 2008 article about a nuclear reactor.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology student has sued the College, accusing him of copying a 2009 paper that he submitted for publication.
The paper was published by the Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology.
The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Harvard University both have denied any knowledge of the paper’s plagiarism.
MIT declined to comment.
The College’s dean of students, Michael P. DellaVigna, called the allegations “deeply troubling” and said that the paper had not been used for peer review or published in any journal.
The professor’s lawsuit alleges that he has no obligation to abide by the law or the College’s policies.
He also said that he did not intend to create any false or misleading statements.
The university has not yet responded to DellaVoce’s lawsuit.
“As a member of the College community, I have a duty to adhere to our ethical standards, and I hope that my actions will serve to demonstrate to other scholars and to the general public that Harvard College will not tolerate plagiarism,” DellaVega wrote in his complaint.
The incident comes as the College prepares to host the first major nuclear security conference in Massachusetts since the March 2011 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
The conference, which is expected to attract more than 1,000 participants, will be held at the Amherth-Binghamton campus on Friday, May 22.
DallaVignas lawsuit comes as a growing number of universities across the country have faced plagiarism scandals.
The American Association of University Professors last month called for colleges and universities to address plagiarism, saying that universities had failed to adequately address the issue.