The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is being sued by a black former student who alleges business school faculty members engaged in racial discrimination and she was retaliated against after denounced them.
Rose Brown said in her lawsuit that she was expelled from UNC Chapel Hill’s business program after reporting racial discrimination by faculty members at the school, according to an NBC News report.
The 28-year-old former student claims faculty at UNC Chapel Hill at the school’s Kenan-Flagler Business School downplayed her skills, berated her after she was allegedly sexually assaulted and encouraged her to sub -paying black research participants.
“It was torture in so many ways. I was ostracized from a faculty perspective. I was continually berated with various comments,” Brown told NBC News. “It was humiliating. It was discouraging. It broke me every day. I had panic attacks every time I went to school.
The lawsuit would also name professors Shimul Melwani, Sreedhari Desai and Michael Christian, as well as the university and its board of trustees.
Brown said faculty members did not include a photo of her — the only black woman in the Ph.D. program at the time – in the program’s candidate portfolio, and singled her out in an email, writing that advice for graduate students might be helpful, “especially for Rose.”
The former student also alleged that she faced ‘racism and sexism’ after asking for extensions to her assignments as she had to attend court hearings for her domestic violence protection orders. Brown said she ended up missing a seminar due to court hearings and both Melwani and Christian reacted by criticizing her, with one calling her “disrespectful.”
Meanwhile, Brown’s white colleagues received “scheduling accommodations for reasons ranging from personal crises to writer’s block without penalty or consequence,” the lawsuit alleges.
“They knew why I was going to court. They knew everything. And that was held against me,” Brown said of Melwani and Christian.
UNC Chapel Hill spokesperson Page Sagester said the school “strives to provide a positive educational experience for all of our students,” adding that university officials are unable to comment on the ongoing litigation.
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