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Suzette Grillot, former dean of the David L. Boren College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma, holds a sign calling for OU President James Gallogly’s resignation during a Rally to Stop Racism on campus on Jan. 22. Gallogly is seated in front. BRYAN TERRY/The Oklahoman file

OKLAHOMA CITY — A former University of Oklahoma dean alleges in a lawsuit that the university president, provost and board of regents violated her First Amendment rights.

Suzette Grillot, who served as dean of the College of International Studies as well as vice provost of International Programs, alleges that her public comments and criticisms of the university caused her to lose her position as dean, funding for programs with which she was involved and emotional harm from a “toxic” work environment.

The lawsuit, filed in Oklahoma City federal court, names OU President James Gallogly, Provost Kyle Harper and the OU Board of Regents as defendants.

“This isn’t just about me,” Grillot said Friday morning. “It’s about many. I hope this will shed light on that and that it will bring change that all … at the University of Oklahoma and the state of Oklahoma deserve.”

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