The U.S. Department of Education found insufficient evidence that the University of Akron discriminated against four African American grad students.
The Beacon Journal reports the sociology doctoral students lobbed several accusations at the university, including that they had inequal access to academic advisors and that the university used time limits and the comprehensive exam to keep them from graduating. They said they failed or feared failing the exam because they were treated differently than white students.
Investigators found no student is allowed to stay in the doctoral program for more than 10 years and that the graders of the 11-day take-home comprehensive exam weren't given the students' names or races.
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