The Last Thing They Want Anybody Doing At East Georgia College
That would be thinking. Speaking one's mind is also apparently a big no-no. A professor there named Thomas Thibeault was fired by the college president after pointing out that the college's sexual harassment policy had no protection for the falsely accused. From FIRE:
Thibeault's ordeal started shortly after August 5, 2009 when, during a faculty training session regarding the college's sexual harassment policy, he presented a scenario regarding a different professor and asked, "what provision is there in the Sexual Harassment policy to protect the accused against complaints which are malicious or, in this case, ridiculous?" Vice President for Legal Affairs Mary Smith, who was conducting the session, replied that there was no such provision to protect the accused, so Thibeault responded that "the policy itself is flawed."
Two days later, Thibeault was summoned to EGC President John Bryant Black's office. According to Thibeault's written account of the meeting, which was sent to Black and which Black has not disputed, Thibeault met with Black and Smith. Black told Thibeault that he "was a divisive force in the college at a time when the college needed unity" and that Thibeault must resign by 11:30 a.m. or be fired and have his "long history of sexual harassment ... made public." This unsubstantiated allegation took Thibeault by surprise. Black added that Thibeault would be escorted off campus by Police Chief Drew Durden and that Black had notified the local police that he was prepared to have Thibeault arrested for trespassing if he returned to campus. At no point was Thibeault presented with the charges against him or given any chance to present a defense. Refusing to resign, Thibeault understood that he was fired.
To take action:
Tell EGC to restore the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the Georgia Board of Regents. Write a letter to EGC and the Board of Regents here.
Adam Kissel, Director, Individual Rights Defense Program, FIRE: 215-717-3473, firstname.lastname@example.org
John Bryant Black, President, East Georgia College: 478-289-2027, email@example.com
Erroll B. Davis Jr., Chancellor, University System of Georgia: 404-656-2202, firstname.lastname@example.org