A former graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rose Brown has filed a lawsuit against the school according to NBC News. The discrimination suit was filed on Aug. 30, in which Brown, 28, accused multiple faculty members at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the school of belittling her competence and encouraging her to underpay Black research participants. Brown also alleges the staff of scolding her after she was sexually assaulted and claims that the discrimination resulted in her being pushed out of the Ph.D. program at the university after one year.
“One year into a five-year program, Ms. Brown was abruptly informed that she had no future at KFBS and would be terminated from the Ph.D. Program, consigned to a Masters’ Degree instead of a doctorate,” the lawsuit read. “Yet, she was told that her academic standing and research performance met the program’s standards, as her grades confirmed: the vague reasons cited for UNC’s dissatisfaction with Ms. Brown are a thinly veiled veneer for entrenched stereotypes about individuals about individuals who are Black and Female.”