Two students are suing Grand Valley State University, saying they were falsely convicted of academic dishonesty and discriminated against by a professor.
Published reports say that Erin Jurek and Ashley Short were found guilty of academic dishonesty in the summer of 2013 for allegedly using an unapproved Internet message board and collaborating on a take-home exam for a math class.
The students' lawyer Scott Erskine says the students didn't collaborate on the test, and that the university in western Michigan failed to investigate allegations against their professor. A lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.
In a statement, university spokeswoman Mary Eilleen Lyon says the lawsuit is "meritless'' and the school plans a vigorous defense.