A judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit accusing Oral Roberts University of wrongfully terminating two professors who uncovered alleged wrongdoing by the school's former president.
Attorneys for former ORU president Richard Roberts and the school argued that professors Tim and Paulita Brooker failed to support their claims in the court filings.
In denying motions to dismiss the suit, Tulsa County Judge Rebecca Nightingale also tossed out some of the professors' allegations, including breach of contract claims. The judge also threw out libel claims against the defendants, but kept the professors' allegations of slander and defamation.
Roberts resigned as president in November amid accusations he used university funds to bankroll a lavish lifestyle at a time when the school faced more than 50 million dollars in debt. He has denied wrongdoing.