AerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 994 times:
An academic panel of the University of Colorado has issued a report alleging that controversial ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill committed "research misconduct and plagiarism" in some of his work. Churchill's lawyer reacted to the panel's report by dismissing the charges as politically motivated. Churchill has the opportunity to file a formal response before the panel decides on a recommended course of action.
Quote: DENVER — Ward L. Churchill, a University of Colorado professor who gained notoriety for comparing some victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to "little Eichmanns," committed research misconduct and plagiarism in his writings on Native American history, a faculty panel concluded in a report released Tuesday.
According to two separate articles, at least one committee member found that the alleged violations could be a firing offense; however, there were also concerns on the panel that academic freedom might be affected if Churchill were terminated.
Although no recommendation has yet been issued, Churchill's lawyer said that his client intends to litigate for his job in federal court, an article said.
AerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 964 times:
Quoting DL021 (Reply 1): f the believe he committed plagiary then how the hell are they limiting academic freedom by firing the guy?
It's probably some vague argument based on the alleged chill effect. That is, if there are allegedly concurrent causes, one of which may be political, then even if you may have good cause (if the plagiarism charge is true), then it may set a bad example because folks might think that it was the unpopular nature of the speech that got him fired.