Wheeling Jesuit’s response, filed in Ohio County Circuit Court in February, argued the school is a private entity and receives less than 35 percent of its funding from the state and thus is not subject to whistleblower laws.
The school also denied misusing the federal grant money, saying that “… the federal grants were administered in accordance with and in compliance with contractual agreements.”
In addition, Wheeling Jesuit also denied allegations that the school consolidated departments as a pretext for terminating Smith’s employment. It denied allegations that Smith had been slandered by her superiors, that she had been unfairly terminated or that the school had acted with the intent of inflicting emotional distress.
Whistleblower law does not apply, no misuse of NASA funds, no wrongful termination.