A university in Tennessee has fired a professor after she claimed she was fired for reporting that a white student complained about a racist slur she uttered during a meeting.
The University of Texas at Austin denied the claims on Monday.
In a statement to the AP, a UT Austin spokeswoman said the university is “deeply committed to diversity and inclusion.”
The statement also said that the university has been reviewing its hiring practices to ensure that they do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or national origin.
The university’s Board of Regents voted unanimously Monday to fire the professor, who was teaching a class on race and ethnicity in the Department of Sociology.
The university is still evaluating her employment status.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.