ITHACA, N.Y. — Cornell University is in the clear for not granting a woman tenure after she was employed by the institution for about seven years, records show.

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Leslie Weston claimed that Cornell was in breach of contract after it did not grant her tenure in 2003 and again in 2005. After the 2005 rejection of her tenure packet, she was subsequently terminated.

According to court documents,  Weston was hired in 1998 and told in an offer letter that the position was “with tenure” upon review. The court ruled that the wording was ambiguous and did not offer judgment on the matter.

However, the court did find that a new contract Weston was required to sign in 2003 clearly did not give the impression that she would get tenure. In the new contract, her title was listed as”associate professor without tenure.”

The court ruled in favor of Cornell University on Thursday.

Correction 2:15 p.m. : The Ithaca Voice initially incorrectly stated the name of the former employee involved in the tenure dispute. 

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Jolene Almendarez

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