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      Court rules in favor of Albany State

      The Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled in the case of a whistle-blower lawsuit against the Georgia Board of Regents and Albany State University President Everette Freeman and Vice President for Academic Affairs Abiodun Ojemakinde. / File

      The Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled in the case of a whistle-blower lawsuit against the Georgia Board of Regents and Albany State University President Everette Freeman and Vice President for Academic Affairs Abiodun Ojemakinde.

      ASU officials say that the court ruled in favor of the institution rejecting the claims of the plaintiff, Dr. Cassandra Smith.

      Smith, formerly ASU's assistant vice president for research and sponsored programs from March of 2009 until May 2011, claimed that ASU discriminated against her by denying her due process of law by terminating her employment contract and by retaliating against her for making a whistleblower claim. All of the allegations were rejected by the Court of Appeals.

      "The university is excited about the ruling. We feel vindicated because we followed the policies and procedures of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents and the statutes in the constitution of the United States; and despite the claims of the plaintiff, the court has held that as a matter of law she has not prevailed. The courts granted a summary judgment to the motions filed by the Board of Regents and the institution. They determined that unless Dr. Smith appeals the decision, this will end her lawsuit."
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