September 23, 2014  

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U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Ruling for Southern Miss in Discrimination Suit

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The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a U.S. District Court’s favorable ruling for The University of Southern Mississippi in a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former graduate student at the University.

The Appeal Court agreed with the District Court’s ruling that the University and certain administrators named in the suit did not discriminate against Maria Salcido in her pursuit of a master’s degree. Salcido was a part-time graduate student in the marriage and family therapy (MFT) program. In her lawsuit, she alleged that the defendants discriminated against her on the basis of race, national origin and ethnicity, and denied her specific constitutional rights.

The lower court found no evidence to support any of the claims made by Salcido in the lawsuit and the Court of Appeals upheld the initial summary judgment.