University Defamation: NYU On The Receiving End Of A Slander Lawsuit

picture of NYU building to accompany a blog post about University defamation caseJames Franco’s ex-professor isn’t the only person suing New York University for defamation. Pari Sara Shirazi, the ex-president of Tisch School of the Arts Asia, is also entangled in a university defamation case with the school. Filed in New York’s Supreme Court, Shirazi wants reinstatement and monetary damages.

Professor Said, School Said…

Why is the professor suing the university? The university says Shirazi improperly transferred millions of dollars, to her program, over the course of several years. But Plaintiff Shirazi insists she followed proper protocol and got the head of Tisch Asia’s Board of Directors to approve each transaction.

Professor’s Reputation Harmed?

Shirazi’s university defamation lawsuit alleges that her “reputation in Singapore has been severely harmed, and, upon information and belief, she will be unable to secure future employment in Singapore, thus resulting in future economic losses.”

The filing painstakingly details every possible instance of slander and libel. It also avers that school officials didn’t inform Shirazi of contract changes until her termination.

Scandalously, Shirazi’s suggests that she may have been targeted to make way for a lucrative partnership with the National University of Singapore.

How To Win A University Defamation Lawsuit?

To win this university defamation lawsuit, Shirazi must prove that the statements in question harmed her – which shouldn’t be difficult to do if she is having difficulty finding a new job.

However, since truth is a defense for defamation, if  the school can convince a judge that their accusations are accurate, then the  ex-NYU executive may lose this university defamation scuffle.

(Without hearing  both sides, though, it would be unwise to render a winner’s prediction.)

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This Higher Education Employment Defamation Case Is Probably Going The Distance

John Beckman, an NYU spokesman, charged: “[D]espite how she seeks to portray herself or what she claims in her lawsuit, she isn’t a victim, and she hasn’t been mistreated. The University expects to prevail in any court case.”

Dr. Shirazi, for her part, avowed that “Overnight, the NYU administration stripped me of everything I have worked for, and yet today, I feel happy and free because I can and I will have my day in court.”

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