Former Teachers College of Columbia University professor Madonna Constantine is taking her grievance with the school to court. Her attorneys filed a lawsuit earlier this week in New York State Supreme Court, according to In February 2008, the school released the results of an 18-month investigation which is said to have revealed Constantine’s involvement in using other people’s work without attribution within her academic journals. She was suspended and fired in June 2008. Constantine believes a noose found on her office door (she was one of only two Black professors at the time) and her dismal are in some way connected. She believes her reputation as an academic has been ruined and plans to pursue the case vigorously. -WLW