University cleared of discrimination suit from black, female professor

Sterling Beard
Director of Journalism Training

  • Prof. Roslyn Chavda was hired at the University of New Hampshire in 2006 in the middle of a hiring freeze.
  • She was fired in 2012 and sued the university in 2013.
  • A New Hampshire judge has ruled that a professor was not discriminated against because of her race and sex when her school fired her two years ago.

    Professor Roslyn Chavda sued the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 2013 on the grounds that the school had mistreated her because she was a black mother. She alleged that her colleagues weren’t letting her know about peer-reviewed research opportunities; in addition, she said the head of her department told her that the department couldn’t complete several projects because of medical issues she’d experienced related to her pregnancy which required bed rest. Moreover, her suit charged that UNH had fired her because of her concerns about leniency in the Master of Publication Administration program.

    However, Judge Landya McCafferty of the U.S. District Court for New Hampshire ruled Tuesday that Chavda had failed to provide proof that she had been discriminated against. According to the ruling, the professor said that there had been no verbal signs of discrimination and admitted that she failed to meet the university’s expectations.

    UNH said it fired Chavda because she had poor student evaluations (student ratings on the third-party RateMyProfessor.com website, though no longer available, apparently gave her a score of 2.9 out of a possible five with a mixture of positive and negative comments) and a “thin” collection of peer-reviewed research, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.

    Chavda was hired in 2006 during a hiring freeze which had exceptions for minority hires. She was fired by UNH in 2012.

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    Sterling Beard

    Sterling Beard

    Director of Journalism Training
    Sterling Beard is Campus Reform's Director of Journalism Training. Prior to joining Campus Reform, he spent time as an editorial associate for National Review Online and as a staff writer at The Hill, where he served as the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's Lyn Nofziger Fellow and regularly appeared across the country on Fox News Radio to provide analysis of current events. In 2017, Sterling was named to The Chronicle of Higher Education's Influence List, one of nine people who "affected federal policy, campus culture, and the national conversation about education in 2017 — and who are likely to remain influential in the year ahead."
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