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Dec 23, 2015 3:26 PM

New Hampshire high court upholds firing of UNH professor

The Associated Press

CONCORD — New Hampshire's highest court says an arbitrator went too far when he said the University of New Hampshire couldn't fire a professor who changed student evaluations given to a lecturer.

Marco Dorfsman was an associate professor and chair of the Language, Literature and Culture Department at UNH in 2012 when he lowered the evaluations. The university fired him in 2013, saying the actions constituted "moral turpitude."

Dorfsman and the UNH chapter of the American Association of University Professors grieved the termination and an arbitrator determined the university shouldn't have fired him.

A lower court ruled the arbitrator exceeded his authority and the university was within its authority to fire Dorfsman. The Supreme Court agreed in an opinion released Wednesday.

Neither the university nor Dorfsman's lawyer immediately returned calls seeking comment.

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