No. 79-939.

449 U.S. 250 (1980)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided December 15, 1980.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Nicholas H. Rodriguez argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the briefs were Harold Schmittinger and William D. Fletcher, Jr.

Judith E. Harris argued the cause and filed briefs for respondent.*

Briefs of amici curiae urging affirmance were filed by Solicitor General McCree, Deputy Solicitor General Wallace, Edwin S. Kneedler, Leroy D. Clark, Joseph T. Eddins, and Lutz Alexander Prager for the United States et al.; and by David M. Rabban and Victor J. Stone for the American Association of University Professors.

JUSTICE POWELL delivered the opinion of the Court.

The question in this case is whether respondent, a college professor, timely complained under the civil rights laws that he had been denied academic tenure because of his national origin.


Columbus Ricks is a black Liberian. In 1970, Ricks joined the faculty at Delaware State College, a state institution attended predominantly by blacks. In February 1973...

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