Albany – A prominent Cornell University professor’s bid to sue the Ivy League college for its alleged negligence in investigating and disciplining him for sexual harassment was rejected yesterday in a unanimous opinion by the Court of Appeals.

The Court held that psychology Professor James B. Maas, a nationally known sleep deprivation researcher and highly regarded producer of educational films and television programs, cannot sustain a plenary breach of contract action against his employer. The Court also said he cannot convert the action into a review proceeding under Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules.