GARY, Ind.—An Indiana University Northwest professor alleges in a complaint she filed with the U.S. Department of Education on Dec. 1 that administrators denied her tenure because of her gender and her sexual orientation.
The Windy City Times reported Anne Balay, who is an assistant professor in the university’s English department, also filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Council.
Balay told the newspaper she learned in April that her tenure had been denied.
She said a group of students described her as “angry and hostile because I’m a lesbian and a feminist —and also because I don’t pass people who aren’t passing.”
“When you’re in a targeted minority and people are angry, that’s where they go, so students will say ‘all she does is talk about sexuality,’” Balay told the Windy City Times. “That’s not true. I talk about sexuality as much as anybody else.”
The IUN Faculty Board of Review was scheduled to consider a complaint she filed with the university’s Office of Affirmative Action on Wednesday. An IUN spokesperson declined to comment on Balay’s allegations to the Windy City Times.