A Graduate Student Left to 'Die on the Vine' Finally Gets Her Day in Court

A Graduate Student Left to 'Die on the Vine' Gets Her Day in Court 1

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Monica A. Emeldi, a former Ph.D. candidate whose lawsuit against the U. of Oregon has come to trial, says she was forced out of her program after complaining about unequal treatment of female students. Professors retaliated by refusing to work with her, she says.

Monica A. Emeldi hopes the lawsuit she has brought against the University of Oregon helps to empower graduate students when their relationships with professors go bad.

Her lawsuit, Emeldi v. University of Oregon, centers on issues at the heart of those relationships. And the case—which went to trial on Monday in the U.S. District Court in Eugene, Ore.—is being watched nationally because it seeks to apply Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a federal