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Yusuf Kalyango, Jr.

Yusuf Kalyango. File art.

Yusuf Kalyango, a former Ohio University journalism professor who was recently fired and revoked of tenure by the Board of Trustees in relation to claims that he sexually harassed students, in April dropped a federal lawsuit he had filed against the university in 2020 alleging it discriminated against him.

The dismissal, first reported on by WOUB Public Media was finalized April 29 through a deal between his attorney, Gregory A. Beck, and the university, with both parties agreeing to bear their own associated costs and fees, according to court documents.

There was no out of court settlement, WOUB reported. The university declined to comment and a spokesperson didn’t immediately return a request seeking the amount of money spent in relation to the suit.

Neither Beck nor Kalyango returned requests for comment seeking further context surrounding the dismissal.

The suit alleged Kalyango, a Black man who was found by the university Title IX office to have sexually harassed two students, was discriminated against on the basis of race by the university, namely leadership within the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

He also alleged that the university violated its own policies throughout the detenuring process, a conclusion also reached by the faculty committee that was tasked with recommending to the Board of Trustees whether or not to fire Kalyango.

The suit was dropped weeks after the OU Board of Trustees fired Kalyango for his alleged conduct, despite recommendation from the faculty committee that the body do otherwise.

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