Former UNC-Chapel Hill student alleges racial discrimination in lawsuit

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is under fire after a Black former graduate student sued, accusing faculty members at the university’s business school of racial

discrimination and retaliation in her lawsuit.  Rose Brown alleges in the lawsuit, filed last month in the U.S. District Court for North Carolina’s Middle District, that

some faculty members at the university’s Kenan-Flagler Business School belittled her competence, scolded her after she was sexually assaulted, and encouraged her to underpay Black

research participants, all before pushing her out of the school’s Ph.D. program, according to the lawsuit. “It was torture in a lot of ways. I was ostracized from a faculty

standpoint. I was continuously berated with various comments,” Brown, 28, told NBC News. “ It was humiliating. It was disheartening. It broke me down every day. I had panic

attacks every time I went to school.”  Brown was accepted into the school’s five-year organizational behavioral program in March 2020 and dismissed from the program in July

2021, the lawsuit alleges.  Along with the university and its board of governors, the suit names professors Shimul Melwani, Sreedhari Desai and Michael Christian. Christian

and Desai were Brown’s principal advisers, and Melwani, a coordinator of the Ph.D. program, was responsible for her annual student review, according to the suit.  Page

Sagester, a spokesperson for the university, said officials are unable to comment on the pending litigation but added that “UNC-Chapel Hill strives to provide a positive

educational experience for all our students.”