Bias alleged in lawsuit against USM

By The Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The University of Southern Mississippi has denied the claims of a Hispanic woman that she was discriminated against in her pursuit of a master’s degree.

The Hattiesburg American reports (http://bit.ly/pzeFl3 ) Maria Salcido, who lives in Wisconsin, filed the suit July 10 in Forrest County Circuit Court. It was moved to U.S. District Court on Aug. 22.

Salcido was in the marriage and family therapy master’s program at Southern Miss until 2009, when she had to move back to Wisconsin, according to her complaint. She is seeking damages in an amount to be determined by a jury.

In its motion to have the case moved to federal court, USM officials say Salcido, among other things, failed to exhaust all the administrative remedies available to her to address her complaints.