Marshall, however, notes that “[Harvard is now in a position that ] it has to protect high profile professors who’ve engaged in plagiarism in the past.

“There are two issues: Elizabeth Warren and institutional integrity. From an institutional integrity perspective, it appears that Harvard has surrendered the battle. Like Penn State and the Catholic Church, it appears to me that they’re just looking the other way in an effort to protect the institution, rather than to uphold the values and principles that their mission demands.”