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Schmidt, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The trial in Ward Churchill's lawsuit against the University of Colorado got under way here last week with lawyers for the opposing sides painting starkly different pictures of both the controversial ethnic-studies professor and the circumstances surrounding his dismissal by the university in 2007. In delivering their opening remarks in a crowded…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Educational Malpractice, Teacher Dismissal, Intellectual Freedom
Schmidt, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Recent court rulings have challenged the long-held concept of academic freedom for faculty members. As an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Kevin J. Renken says he felt obliged to speak out about his belief that administrators there were mishandling a National Science Foundation grant to him…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Public Colleges, Government Employees, Courts
Sanders, Steve – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
A case pending in a federal court of appeals in California may clarify a surprisingly murky question: Do faculty members at public universities enjoy a special privilege to speak freely about institutional matters, or, as far as the First Amendment is concerned, are they just another category of government hirelings? Juan Hong, a professor of…
Descriptors: Federal Courts, Constitutional Law, College Faculty, Public Colleges
Gould, Jon B. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Last December saw another predictable report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a self-described watchdog group, highlighting how higher education is supposedly under siege from a politically correct plague of so-called hate-speech codes. In that report, FIRE declared that as many as 96 percent of top-ranked colleges…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Constitutional Law, Organizations (Groups), Social Discrimination
Rahdert, Mark C. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Since President Bush named Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court, speculation has run high as to where the new court may be headed. Citing three recent cases ("Morse v. Frederick", "Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, Inc." and "Garcetti v.…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Court Litigation, Federal Courts, Higher Education
Jacoby, Russell – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
The old childhood ditty "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" has proved wiser than the avalanche of commentary provoked by the recent insults by Don Imus and the killings at Virginia Tech. Our society forbids public name-calling but allows sticks and stones. Anyone can acquire a gun, but everyone must be…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, Weapons, Gun Control, Constitutional Law
Pavela, Gary – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2006
In this article, the author discusses the enforcement of "hate speech" codes and confirms research that considers why U.S. colleges and universities continue to promulgate student disciplinary rules prohibiting expression that "subordinates" others or is "demeaning, offensive, or hateful." Such continued adherence to…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Freedom of Speech, Censorship, College Administration