NEW YORK (AP) – A professor at Columbia’s Teachers College who was fired over plagiarism allegations is suing the graduate school of education for $200 million.

Madonna Constantine calls her 2008 firing an “academic lynching” in court papers filed in state Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Constantine was a clinical psychology professor at Teachers College, which is affiliated with Columbia University. She says her firing was fueled by “academic rivalry and political intrigue.”

Teachers College calls the suit “without merit” and intends to “defend against it vigorously.”

A faculty committee is to review the firing Thursday.

Constantine’s firing came after a noose was found dangling from her office door. Police never determined who put it there.

In October, the former professor filed a lawsuit seeking to have her firing reversed.

Information from: New York Post,

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