Sunday, October 28, 2012

Grad student can proceed with lawsuit

The 2008 lawsuit former graduate student Monica Emeldi filed against the University of Oregon will be allowed to proceed after a full panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the 3-judge panel that also ruled in Emeldi's favor last spring. Both panels said that Emeldi who filed her lawsuit after she felt her adviser stepped down as her dissertation chair in retaliation for her complaints about gender bias in the department, should be allowed to pursue her case. The university believes the ruling, which they may decide to appeal to the Supreme Court, makes all professors vulnerable to lawsuits from disgruntled students and impedes on academic freedom.