Yale, get your act together. You can’t go around confirming people’s Ph.Ds when they actually didn’t go here. Such behavior will result in mad drama. The New York Times reports:
Dongguk University, a 103-year-old Buddhist institution based in Seoul, has accused Yale of negligence and a cover-up after it mistakenly confirmed a Dongguk professor’s claims of having a Ph.D. from Yale. Robert A. Weiner, the lead lawyer for Dongguk, said Yale’s response to the ensuing scandal added insult to the injury, and he denounced “the cultural arrogance of not recognizing the harm you’re doing in Korean culture.”
The whole controversy began in 2005 upon Dongguk’s hiring of Shin Jeong-ah. Dongguk sent a letter to Yale asking for authentication of a document provided by Shin, to confirm her credentials. The document, which appeared to be signed by a Yale administrator, said that Shin had earned the doctoral degree.
The confirmation letter was a fake and the signature was forged and even mispelled. Yet its authenticity was confirmed by the Yale administrator whose name was on it.
Donggkuk is now suing Yale for 50 million dollars, claiming Yale had engaged in reckless behavior and that Donggkuk had been “deeply shamed in the eyes of the Korean population.”
I don’t know if I’d go that far…But really, Yale administrator? You don’t recognize your own signature?