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Rachel Dolezal sued Howard University in 2002; Claimed African-Americans were favored

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Court documents obtained by NBC on Monday show that Rachel Dolezal sued Howard University in 2002 for discrimination based on race. Documents stated she claimed the University favored African-American students over her. 

Dolezal attended Howard University between 2000 and 2002, where she received a masters degree in fine arts with an emphasis in non-Western art history. Howard University is a historically black university in Washington, D.C.

Dolezal was married and went by Rachel Moore at the time of the lawsuit. According to a Court of Appeals opinion, Dolezal's lawsuit alleged that University officials had blocked her appointment to a teaching assistantship, rejected her application for an instructorship following completion of her graduate studies and denied her scholarship aid due to "discrimination based on race, pregnancy, family responsibilities and gender." 

Dolezal also claimed that Howard University's decision to remove some of her artwork from a February 2001 exhibition was "motivated by a discriminatory purpose to favor African-American students over her." Dolezal did not file the complaint until August 2002, which exceeded the one-year statute of limitations. 

Documents show that during the lawsuit, Dolezal presented no evidence that Howard University's failure to hire her was motivated by race or any other forbidden classification. The Court of Appeals granted summary judgement to Howard University on all of Dolezal's allegations, saying she provided no evidence to support her claims.

When reached for comment on Tuesday by NBC, Howard University said they consider the matter closed and have no further comment. 

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