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Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Retired Md. professor sues UMBC

By Washington Post editors

A retired chemistry professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, who was cleared last year of charges that he sexually assaulted a graduate student, is suing the university and the state of Maryland, for more than $30 million, saying that he was forced to retire on false pretenses and that his reputation was damaged, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Ramachandra S. Hosmane, 66, retired from UMBC at the beginning of last year, when he was facing criminal sexual assault charges connected to an alleged incident with one of his graduate students. Those charges, which Hosmane called baseless, were dropped on the day the hearing was scheduled.

In the civil suit, filed in December in Baltimore County Circuit Court, Hosmane alleges that a lawyer for the university threatened him with a two-year suspension without pay or the loss of his pension so that he would retire while the criminal charges were pending. The suit says that neither option was available to the university under its policies governing tenured faculty.

Read more about Hosmane's lawsuit in The Baltimore Sun.

By Washington Post editors  | February 9, 2011; 11:39 AM ET
Categories:  Education, Maryland  
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