Court documents show former U.S. civil rights Rachel Dolezal was asked more than a decade ago if she tried to pose as an African-American when she applied to historically black Howard University.

The questions came as part of a discrimination lawsuit Dolezal filed against the university in Washington. Among other things, Dolezal claimed the school denied her a teaching position because she was white.

Depositions taken in 2003 show Howard's lawyers asked whether she was trying to mislead the admissions department into thinking she was black when she wrote in her essay that studying black history helped her to understand the atrocities black ancestors faced.

Dolezal resigned her post this week after her parents said she has posed as black despite Czech, German and Swedish ancestry.