Teacher sues UVU over tough course firing

Oct 25 2011 - 3:45pm

OREM -- A blind former professor is suing Utah Valley University, claiming wrongful termination after students complained he couldn't teach because of his disability and was too tough on them.

Steven Maranville says he left his tenured job at the University of Houston in 2009 to teach at the Orem school, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City. He says Utah Valley University promised him a one-year probationary period, but it was understood he would be granted tenure to continue his strategic management courses.

Students later complained that he couldn't teach because he was blind and that his course was too rigorous.

Maranville was denied tenure and found a new job making less money.

The Utah Attorney General's Office, which is representing the school, says the institution did nothing wrong.


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