In August a ruling from U.S. District Judge Dee Benson dismissed his case, and now Maranville is appealing. The University hired Maranville in 2008 from University of Houston, where he left his tenure position. Maranville says UVU promised tenure after a one year trial period.
During his practice year the professor got a reputation for being overly difficult. On the popular university website “Rate My Professor” students call him ‘insulting’ and ‘no good’, stating that they ‘will not donate a dime to the University while he is still employed’.
Maranville’s lawyers argue that ‘he was doing exactly what he was hired to do’ and that he was preparing students for the ‘tough economy’ ahead of them. The UVU’s lawyer David Jones said that the ‘volume and magnitude’ of complaints made the school view the situation differently.
Maranville was let go after just one year of teaching, and given a year contract to try and find work elsewhere. Maranville found employment at Westminster and recently opened up his own business.
His lawyer says he was given "reasonable expectation" of tenure and is asking for compensation for the money he lost in his year of work at Westminster, amounting to $20,000 dollars. He is appealing to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.