My question involves civil rights in the State of: Ohio
I am an education major and was applying for a program that would allow me to move back home with family and complete my student teaching semester. I originally considered this program because of the cost and demands associated with student teaching and our inability to work during this semester. My professor lied on me in a recommendation letter and caused me to be removed from the application process without the option to appeal their decision. In the letter she stated that I was not a strong student, I had many late and revised assignments and that I was unprofessional and didn't complete my portion of group assignments. I had 1 paper late out of 20 and one paper that was revised due to mis-communication on the professor's behalf (I still have all of my documentation). Many of the students within the class had to revise the same assignment because she never informed us that it should be completed in a specific format. My grade in this class was an A.
Nevertheless, I am the only student that received a negative recommendation letter from this professor, I am the only African American in my class as well as the only African American to apply for the distant teaching program. I met with the professor and she stated that regardless if the revised assignment was due to a communication error, it should still be considered in my letter, this wasn't mentioned in anyone else's recommendation letter that had to revise this assignment. I was absent from class once. This was the day my class was assigned to groups to complete an assignment during class, because my absence was excused I received and alternative assignment. My professor said in the letter that I neglected to complete my portion of the group work and in the meeting she said this was because I was absent, even though I was never apart of a group to neglect it. As a result of this decision I have to stay in this city my final semester and forfeit my opportunity to enhance my career by student teaching in another state, and I still have attend the same professor's class that was biased toward me in the letter. I feel as though the university is responsible for all of the fees I incur as a result of staying here. I also think that my future job opportunities have been jeopardized being that student teaching can give professional exposure in the district you would like to be employed in. I have tried to resolve this through the university and they keep ignoring me or passing me to someone else, I've even been sent to one department three times even though they never helped me the first time. What should I do?