A former Veterinary School professor who filed a sex discrimination case against the University will return to the Vet School, under the terms of an out-of-court settlement announced this week. Veterinary Cancer researcher Ann Jeglum -- forced out of her Vet School office in February 1990 following two tenure denials -- will be welcomed back as an adjunct professor, according to Assistant General Counsel Elizabeth O'Brien. "The University is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeglum . . . will assume a five-year position as adjunct professor at the Veterinary School," a statement issued by the University said. Jeglum would not immediately comment this week, saying she first needed to consult with her lawyer. O'Brien said Tuesday that both Jeglum and the University have agreed not to discuss other terms of the settlement, and that neither side is admitting any wrongdoing or liabilty. Vet School Dean Edwin Andrews declined to comment Wednesday. Provost Michael Aiken is in Great Britain and could not be reached for comment. Jeglum was denied tenure in 1987 and 1989. She filed suit against the University in December, after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that her charges of sexual discrimination might have merit. The lawsuit claimed that sexual discrimination prevented her from receiving tenure or earning wages comparable to men in her department. Jeglum sought lost wages, benefits and expenses for both the alleged tenure denial and wage discrimination. She also demanded tenure retroactive to 1989, the time of her tenure denial. O'Brien said that Jeglum will not receive tenure and that the adjunct professorship is not a tenure-track position. Before filing the suit, Jeglum also went through internal University channels by filing a grievance. After a three-person faculty panel held a series of fact-finding hearings, they returned their confidential recommendations to Provost Michael Aiken. Aiken did not reverse Jeglum's tenure denial. In the federal lawsuit, Jeglum also sued the Vet School and three current and past Vet School administrators. Vet School Dean Edwin Andrews, former Veterinary Medicine chairperson Kenneth Bovee and recently-resigned Veterinary Medicine chairperson Darrell Biery were named individually as well as in their positions at the Vet School. Jeglum left her office in the Clinical Studies division of the Veterinary Hospital nearly a year and a half ago, and now works in a West Chester veterinary clinic and lab. While at the University, Jeglum worked in the Vet School's Small Animal Hospital and researched treatments for certain forms of cancer in dogs.Comments powered by Disqus
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