The Prissiest Place On Earth
Universities are supposed to be centers for the free exchange of ideas, but lately, they're anything but. Via ifeminists, Fergus Hodgson writes at WND about a professor who was fired for a joke some students found offensive:
"A group of sociologists did a poll in Arizona about the new immigration law. Sixty percent said they were in favor, and 40 percent said, 'No hablo English.'"
That joke in class has Robert Engler, a 12-year sociology professor at Roosevelt University, fighting for his career.
It elicited two written complaints in the spring of 2010 as ethnically offensive, and what followed was a protracted argument that eventually included the termination of his employment from the fall semester.
...Officially, Engler's termination was for noncooperation with the harassment investigation, since he repeatedly chose not to attend meetings that would address the allegation.
Engler said he was willing to cooperate but the department refused to put the allegation in writing. When he brought legal counsel to an appeal meeting, university administrators immediately canceled it.
It wasn't until the student newspaper wrote about the case months after his dismissal that he learned of the origin of the allegations, he said.
"I didn't want to come to a meeting and be charged and not even know what it was," he said.
He said "university representatives insisted in meeting over the summer when I could not gather a defense, while I was engaged in other projects and not in Chicago."
...One student that filed a complaint, Cristina Solis, has spoken out, describing the outcome as fair and saying that she does not regret her decision to complain.
...She believes the remarks were inappropriate for "a school like Roosevelt University, which is based on social justice."
FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) is investigating his case.