- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 12, 2004

AMES, Iowa — An American Indian denied tenure by Iowa State University is suing the school for discrimination.

Lawrence Gross joined ISU’s faculty as a professor of American Indian studies in 1998. In March, he was informed his contract would not be renewed upon its expiration in May 2005.

Mr. Gross’ lawsuit charges that the school “intentionally or purposefully” applied “different terms and conditions of employment because of his race and or national origin,” the Des Moines Register reported Wednesday.

The lawsuit also states one consultant who reviewed Mr. Gross’ work said he “appeared to be haunted by his heritage, and this negatively affected” his job performance.

“There’s nothing to suggest that the decision to deny Mr. Gross’ tenure was based on anything other than academic merit, certainly not race. His application for tenure received several levels of consideration within the university,” ISU attorney Kathryn Overberg said.

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