Wilder drops lawsuit filed against VCU

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder has dropped a lawsuit filed against officials at the university where a school of government and public affairs bears his name.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that during a court hearing Monday, Wilder withdrew a lawsuit claiming an investigation at Virginia Commonwealth University found credible evidence that former L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs dean John Accordino engaged in racial and sexual discrimination.

Wilder's lawsuit also said administrators, including President Michael Rao and Provost Gail Hackett, failed to act.

Two weeks after the lawsuit was filed, Accordino was removed as dean. VCU Provost Gail Hackett said "the situation has caused a considerable amount of distraction from the core business of the Wilder School."

Accordino is countersuing Wilder for defamation.

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