Mary Anne Hedrich (plaintiff) was a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Coaching at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. The University denied Hedrich tenure based on her failure to meet the University’s standards of scholarship and her failure to submit relevant documentation for consideration by Department faculty. Shortly thereafter, the University advised Hedrich that the next academic year would be her last. Hedrich began seeking alternative academic employment and unsuccessfully applied for seven positions. Hedrich filed suit in Wisconsin state court against the Board of Regents (defendant) arguing that the University deprived her of her liberty interest in her good name and reputation without due process of law. The University removed the case to federal court and moved to dismiss. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of the University. Hedrich appealed, arguing that the denial of her tenure deprived her of her liberty interest in seeking the career of her choosing in violation of her due process rights.