- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) - Grand Valley State University has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by two students who say they were falsely convicted of academic dishonesty and discriminated against by a professor.

Erin Jurek and Ashley Short sued in May. They were found guilty of academic dishonesty after officials accused them of using an unapproved Internet message board for collaborating on a take-home math exam.

The women say a math professor intimidated and retaliated against them based on their gender.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Friday (http://bit.ly/1yCxgRK ) Grand Valley’s response says the suit fails “to allege any facts that suggest that any” of the school’s conduct toward the students “was on the basis of sex.”

The students’ lawyer, Scott Erskine, has asked the judge to deny GVSU’s request for dismissal.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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