Linn v. Andover-Newton Theological School

638 F. Supp. 1114 (1986)

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Linn v. Andover-Newton Theological School

United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
638 F. Supp. 1114 (1986)

Facts

Dr. Edmund Linn (plaintiff) was a tenured professor at the Andover-Newton Theological School (Andover-Newton) (defendant). Linn’s contract with Andover-Newton incorporated a tenure policy and the American Association of University Professors regulations on tenure (the AAUP regulations), both of which afforded tenured faculty the right to have termination decisions reviewed by a faculty committee if a faculty member was terminated for financial reasons. Under budget constraints, Andover-Newton terminated Linn. The decision was reviewed by the full faculty and the full board of trustees, but Linn was not given an opportunity to be heard at these meetings. Linn filed suit in federal district court, alleging that Andover-Newton breached its contract with him by not allowing him to be heard during the review process. Linn moved for summary judgment.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Tauro, J.)

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