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ERIC Number: EJ771746
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-15
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Piling It On
Millman, Sierra
Chronicle of Higher Education, v53 n41 pA6 Jun 2007
On March 2, Michael J. D'Andrea, professor of counselor education at the University of Hawaii Manoa campus, received a letter informing him that "effective immediately upon your receipt of this letter, you are being reassigned to work at home with pay while the University of Hawaii ... addresses several issues concerning your alleged intimidating, hostile and bullying behavior." D'Andrea was also instructed not talk with colleagues at the College of Education, not to meet with students nor contact them by phone. Sending anyone at the college an e-mail message was also restricted. Citing that administrators may prevent him from teaching, visiting his office or being physically on campus, D'Andrea sued the university for infringing his rights of speech. Prior to a hearing in April, the university offered to lift the restrictions on speech. D'Andrea says he has never intimidated, bullied, or threatened anyone and that the university is punishing him for his peace and social-justice advocacy. Over the past 7 years, the professor has filed more than 60 grievances against university administrators and policies, complaining about racism and sexism in the college, discrimination against gays and lesbians, the high crime rate on the campus, a proposal to build a Navy research center, rising tuition, unsafe dormitory rooms, lack of accommodations for the disabled and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. According to D'Andrea, he has attempted to work within the university's grievance process but "The university has a 100-percent record of rejecting my requests for meetings." Individuals and organizations have written to Hawaii's Board of Regents, calling for D'Andrea's return to campus and questions of due process have been raised by the American Association of University Professors. However, although some may extrapolate a connection between the court fight and the university's grievance process, lawyers are careful to draw a line between the two.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii