- Associated Press - Monday, August 7, 2017

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - In a story Aug. 7 about a gender discrimination complaint at Austin Peay State University, The Associated Press reported erroneously details of the job application submitted by the woman who filed the complaint. Jessica Morris applied for an assistant professor position, not an associate professor position. An investigation into the school’s hiring practices also dealt with assistant professor positions, not associate professors.

A corrected version of the story is below:

College’s new board dismisses gender discrimination claim

Austin Peay’s new board has dismissed a complaint of gender discrimination in hiring

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Austin Peay State University’s new board of trustees has dismissed a complaint of gender discrimination in hiring.



WPLN-FM reports a search committee picked Jessica Morris earlier this year for an assistant communications department professor job, but Provost Rex Gandy didn’t approve because she lacked a doctorate.

Morris filed a gender discrimination complaint against Gandy and APSU’s president, Alisa White, because a man received a similar job last year.

The school found the department had been hiring assistant professors with only a master’s degree, in conflict with school policy.

Blayne Clements, APSU’s internal audit director, said the provost hadn’t signed off on the 2016 hire, and has since started meeting with deans about new faculty hires.

The board formed in March. Austin Peay was previously governed by the state Board of Regents.

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