East Georgia College

Location: Swainsboro, Georgia
Website: http://www.ega.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit

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  • East Georgia College: Professor Fired Without a Hearing over Mysterious ‘Sexual Harassment’ Charge

    August 1, 2009

    During a faculty training session in 2009, Professor Thomas Thibeault argued that East Georgia College’s (EGC’s) sexual harassment policy was flawed for not offering protection against false or malicious accusations of harassment. Two days later, EGC President John B. Black ordered Thibeault to resign his position or be fired and have his “long history of sexual harassment … made public.” Thibeault had never before faced such charges. He refused to resign and was escorted from campus by police. Black later informed Thibeault that he had only been “suspended” but that he faced termination for sexual harassment, and failed to provide […]

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Red Light Policies

  • Student Handbook: Disorderly Assembly 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, Statement

    Conduct and/or expressions which are obscene or which are patently offensive to the prevailing
    standards of the academic community are prohibited.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Acceptable Use Policy 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    The following activities are strictly prohibited, with no exceptions: ... Viewing pornographic or other offensive sites ... Sending unsolicited email messages, including the sending of "junk mail" or other advertising material to individuals who did not specifically request such material (email spam).

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Unwelcome sexual advancements, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a
    sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when: ... Such conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual's work or academic performance or
    creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or academic environment.

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  • Sacked professor reinstated – then reprimanded

    November 8, 2009

    A professor who pointed out that his college’s sexual harassment policy contained no protection for someone who was falsely accused – and was later fired for sexual harassment himself – has been reinstated but then reprimanded for unspecified “offensive” speech. As University World News reported here in September, Professor Thomas Thibeault was teaching at East Georgia College and noted the omission in the policy during a sexual harassment training seminar. A report prepared by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education said that two days later, in a Kafkaesque irony, Thibeault himself was fired by college President John B Black […]

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  • A prophet is not without honor, but in his own college

    October 8, 2009

    I’m skeptical of the motives of many who complain about gender harassment and discrimination law and policies.  If one listens to the Limbaughs of the world, before the Civil Rights Act and before corporations and universities began to follow policies against sexual harassment, women never faced discrimination, embarrassment, or humiliation in the workplace.  A day at the office was like a Georgia ball, and women who worked were treated like Scarlett O’Hara.  Harassment policies weren’t just unnecessary but sinister, an excuse for liberal feminazis who want to sue their bosses for gentlemanly behavior, such as opening the door for a […]

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  • A Georgia professor’s fight for due process

    September 25, 2009

    Think it’s hard to defend yourself in a he said, she said situation? Try he said, who said. That’s been the challenge faced by Thomas Thibeault, who until last month was a professor of English at East Georgia College in Swainsboro. His case bears all the characteristics of the decline in free speech and due process at America’s universities. There are still several unknowns in this case – including the things still unknown to Thibeault himself, which is part of the problem. But this much is beyond dispute: On Aug. 5, Thibeault attended a faculty training session where he criticized […]

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  • Professors have freedom of speech

    September 17, 2009

    We all know that American colleges and universities are bastions of intellectual freedom. They’re places where scholars can pursue truth without having to fear the consequences of getting powerful people ticked off. And they’re deeply committed to fair treatment for all individuals. Right? Well, not always. A recent case shows that college administrators can be astoundingly intolerant and high-handed with those who get on their bad side. Back on August 5, East Georgia College held a training seminar for faculty members on the school’s sexual harassment policy. You might think that it would have sufficed to email the policy around, […]

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  • Here today, gone tomorrow

    September 16, 2009

    To some observers, the case of Thomas Thibeault sounds “Kafkaesque.” Last month, the English professor at East Georgia College was dismissed for an unspecified sexual harassment charge two days after he complained to the administration that the institution’s related policy did not contain any protection for those who are falsely accused. Though Thibeault has formally appealed his firing to the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents and requested that the charges against him be specified, the personnel matter has remained at a relative standstill for weeks. In an attempt to pressure the institution into reinstating him, Thibeault has been […]

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  • Georgia Official Goes from One Free Speech Fiasco to Another

    June 18, 2012

    It may be hard to believe that after being sued in a free speech lawsuit that settled for $50,000 and retiring, former East Georgia College (EGC) president John B. Black is getting a new gig as interim president of Macon State College. FIRE is reporting here, for the first time, the interesting timeline of Black’s retirement. FIRE first reported on the free speech case of Professor Thomas Thibeault at EGC with a national press release on September 15, 2009. After FIRE won the case, we sent out a second national press release on November 3, 2009. On November 19, Black […]

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  • East Georgia College Settles Lawsuit for $50,000 After Firing Professor Who Criticized Sexual Harassment Policy

    September 6, 2011

    East Georgia College (EGC) has paid $50,000 to Professor Thomas Thibeault and his attorneys after firing Thibeault and having him escorted away by police for criticizing the school’s sexual harassment policy. Thibeault was reinstated due to lack of evidence, but EGC President John Bryant Black refused to renew Thibeault’s faculty appointment. Ultimately, Thibeault sued, leading the college to settle last month. “East Georgia College fired Professor Thibeault and had the police take him away, then changed its story, dropped that case for lack of evidence, reprimanded him for unspecified ‘offensive’ speech, and got rid of him,” FIRE President Greg Lukianoff […]

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  • East Georgia College Settles Lawsuit for $50,000 After Firing Professor Who Criticized Sexual Harassment Policy

    September 6, 2011

    SAVANNAH, Ga., September 6, 2011—East Georgia College (EGC) has paid $50,000 to Professor Thomas Thibeault and his attorneys after firing Thibeault and having him escorted away by police for criticizing the school’s sexual harassment policy. Thibeault was reinstated due to lack of evidence, but EGC President John Bryant Black refused to renew Thibeault’s faculty appointment. Thibeault sued, leading the college to settle last month. Thibeault came to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help. “East Georgia College fired Professor Thibeault and had the police take him away, then changed its story, dropped that case for lack of […]

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  • East Georgia College Update: Professor Sues over Violation of Free Speech

    August 10, 2010

    Here comes another free speech lawsuit for college officials in the University System of Georgia. Torch readers likely are aware of the ongoing Valdosta State University (VSU) federal lawsuit, in which a district court has issued an order denying various VSU officials qualified immunity (which means they can be personally sued and held liable for monetary damages) because of their role in the expulsion of student Hayden Barnes, who was peacefully protesting the construction of new parking garages on campus. If you don’t remember that case, it’s outrageous–so outrageous that the judge in the case agreed that if Barnes’ allegations […]

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  • National Publications Report on East Georgia College’s Violations of a Professor’s Rights

    November 4, 2009

    InsideHigherEd.com and The Chronicle of Higher Education have reported on FIRE’s case at East Georgia College, where the president dismissed Professor Thomas Thibeault for “sexual harassment” despite not giving the professor the due process of a hearing, evidence, witnesses, or even an accuser. Under pressure from FIRE, President John Black withdrew the charges a couple of months later, but insisted on issuing Thibeault a reprimand (without any notice or hearing) despite presenting neither a shred of evidence nor a single witness. Black has gotten it all wrong from beginning to end. David Moltz for InsideHigherEd.com relates the most recent part […]

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  • The curious ‘sexual harassment’ charge

    November 4, 2009

    by David Moltz Inside Higher Ed   East Georgia College has dropped an unspecified sexual harassment charge against an English professor who, ironically, had openly criticized the lack of protections for the falsely accused in its sexual harassment policy. Two weeks ago, Thomas Thibeault was informed in a letter from John Black, president of East Georgia, that “the evidence” in the mysterious complaint filed against him in August “does not warrant the charge of sexual harassment” and that he was reinstated to his position, ending a nearly two-month suspension. Black and other East Georgia officials did not respond to requests […]

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  • East Georgia College Abandons Mysterious ‘Sexual Harassment’ Charge for Lack of Evidence; Case Far from Over Due to New Rights Violations

    November 3, 2009

    Under pressure from FIRE, East Georgia College (EGC) has withdrawn an unfounded charge of “sexual harassment” against Professor Thomas Thibeault, who had criticized the school’s sexual harassment policy. EGC President John B. Black dismissed Thibeault from campus and had him escorted from campus by police in August. Thibeault was treated as a dangerous criminal without a hearing or even knowing his accuser or the charges or evidence against him. Thibeault was finally notified on October 20 that he had been reinstated due to lack of evidence, but Black has now violated Thibeault’s free speech and due process rights again by […]

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  • If they feel ‘offended,’ you’re fired

    November 3, 2009

    Professor claims he was canned on mystery harassment charge by Drew Zahn WorldNetDaily   A college professor in Georgia is whirling in confusion right now, reprimanded and apparently threatened with termination without any specific charges, hearings or evidence of wrongdoing – only the school administration’s allegation that he “offended” someone. The troubles for Professor Thomas Thibeault of East Georgia College seem to have begun during an Aug. 5 faculty sexual harassment training seminar, when he questioned the assertion – as he understood it – being presented by Mary Smith, the school’s vice president for legal affairs, that the feelings of […]

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  • Instructor Suspended After Criticizing Sex-Harassment Policy Is Reinstated

    November 3, 2009

    An English instructor at East Georgia College who was accused of violating the college’s sexual-harassment policy in August, and suspended after he used a risqué story to criticize the policy in public, has been reinstated, and the sexual-harassment charges against him have been dropped, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. But the college’s president, John B. Black, wrote a letter to the instructor last month saying he was still being reprimanded for using “offensive language in public work spaces,” and warning him to “refrain from angry outbursts when interacting with your colleagues.” The college has also asked […]

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  • College Abandons Mysterious ‘Sexual Harassment’ Charge for Lack of Evidence; New Reprimand Issued Against Professor for Unspecified ‘Offensive’ Speech Without Any Notice, Evidence, or Hearing

    November 3, 2009

    SAVANNAH, Ga., November 3, 2009—Under pressure from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), East Georgia College (EGC) has withdrawn an unfounded charge of “sexual harassment” against a professor who criticized the school’s sexual harassment policy. EGC President John B. Black dismissed Professor Thomas Thibeault from campus and had him escorted from campus by police in August. Thibeault was treated as a dangerous criminal without a hearing or even knowing his accuser or the charges or evidence against him. Thibeault was finally notified on October 20 that he had been reinstated due to lack of evidence, but Black has […]

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  • Rights in the News: Victory at Community College of Allegheny County Starts October off on High Note

    October 9, 2009

    As FIRE’s 10th Anniversary Celebration inches closer, FIRE is proud to unveil a newly revamped Campus Freedom Network site. We’re happy, too, to ring in October with a major victory for student rights at the Community College of Allegheny County. Torch readers, of course, were well aware of the travails of CCAC student Christine Brashier, whom CCAC attempted to intimidate into silence when she attempted to start a chapter of the national group Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. After months of administrative wrangling under the hot lights of FIRE’s media campaign against CCAC, we were thrilled to announce this Monday that Brashier, with the help of FIRE and […]

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  • ‘Popehat’ Slams East Georgia College for Mistreatment of Professor

    October 9, 2009

    Popehat.com has a blog post up today discussing FIRE’s ongoing case at East Georgia College. As Torch readers will remember, Professor Thibeault was fired two days after criticizing the school’s sexual harassment policy during a workshop and has still–after two months–received no notification of the allegations against him. Succinctly summarizing the case, Popehat blogger Patrick writes: Professor Thomas Thibeault is a prophet.  On August 5, 2009, Thibeault attended a training workshop on the school’s sexual harassment policy, given by the school’s vice president for legal affairs.  In the course of the workshop, Thibeault asked an uncomfortable question about whether the policy distinguished between subjective harassment […]

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  • Two Months After Vague Allegation of ‘Sexual Harassment,’ No Evidence or Accuser in Sight at East Georgia College

    October 7, 2009

    It now has been two full months since Professor Thomas Thibeault was fired by East Georgia College’s president under what seems like a completely bogus charge of “sexual harassment,” just two days after he pointed out—at a sexual harassment training seminar—that the school’s sexual harassment policy contained no protection for the falsely accused. The full documentation is here, but you will search in vain for any actual evidence, or even an accuser. That’s right, two months after being fired for an alleged “long history of sexual harassment,” Thibeault still has been offered not a single allegation of anything he allegedly said or did. […]

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  • ‘Atlanta Journal-Constitution’ is Latest to Highlight Wrongdoings in East Georgia Case

    September 28, 2009

    Readers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, if they weren’t already aware of the appalling treatment of Professor Thomas Thibeault by the administration of East Georgia College (EGC), were given a primer on his case this weekend in an article by the AJC‘s Kyle Wingfield. Wingfield neatly sums up Thibeault’s alarming situation: There are still several unknowns in this case – including the things still unknown to Thibeault himself, which is part of the problem. But this much is beyond dispute: On Aug. 5, Thibeault attended a faculty training session where he criticized the college’s sexual harassment policy as lacking provisions to protect the […]

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  • Breitbart.tv Covers Mysterious ‘Sexual Harassment’ Case at East Georgia College

    September 23, 2009

    Breitbart.tv is airing an extensive, 23-minute interview with East Georgia College (EGC) Professor Thomas Thibeault. As we have reported, two days after pointing out that EGC’s sexual harassment policy offered no protection against malicious allegations, the policy was used against him. Amazingly, he seems to have been fired maliciously for his “long history of sexual harassment” under that very policy. He has never been presented with evidence or even an accuser, and he has never had a hearing despite asking for one (as is his right by official policy). The breitbart.tv interview is excellent and comprehensive. I recommend it. FIRE’s involvement in this case is highlighted several times, […]

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  • Rights in the News: East Georgia College on the Hot Seat as FIRE’s Public Campaign Heats up

    September 18, 2009

    If my musical education went back further than 1991 (other than some hair bands), I’d find a way to integrate a reference to any of the multitudinous Georgia-themed songs dotting the pop-cultural landscape as a way of giving a nod to the week FIRE has had at East Georgia College. Nonetheless, FIRE’s public efforts have heaped scorn on East Georgia College, which fired Professor Thomas Thibeault after he criticized the school’s sexual harassment policy. You can read more on the gathering media storm surrounding EGC in my previous entry, and learn more about this stunning case here. Turning our attention […]

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  • Memo to East Georgia College: If You Fire a Professor for Criticizing Your Policies, People Will Notice

    September 18, 2009

    The adjective “Kafkaesque” has been in frequent use this week, thanks to East Georgia College’s, well, Kafkaesque treatment of Professor Thomas Thibeault. Thibeault was fired for “sexual harassment”—without due process, notice of charges, or a clue as to who, if anyone, actually filed any charges. EGC President John Black appears to have done this just two days after Thibeault voiced criticisms of flaws in EGC’s sexual harassment policy. FIRE’s publicizing of Thibeault’s case and the appalling administrative contempt for basic rights at EGC have sounded alarms throughout higher education and beyond, and rightly so. Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle […]

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  • East Georgia College Makes Mockery of Due Process in Firing Professor

    September 16, 2009

    A professor challenges his school’s sexual harassment policy because it fails to provide protection against frivolous or malicious accusers. The next day, his colleagues are asked to reveal dirt on the professor, even clean dirt, so long as it fills up the file. The day after that, the professor is told to resign right away or else be fired for his “long history of sexual harassment,” no matter that there has never been an accuser or complaint, or any presentation of specific allegations, so far as anybody knows. A campus police officer escorts him from campus. A few days later, the professor gets a strange note claiming that […]

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  • Georgia Professor Fired, Escorted from Campus by Police over Mysterious ‘Sexual Harassment’ Charge Despite Zero Evidence Presented

    September 15, 2009

    The abuse of campus sexual harassment policies to punish dissenting professors has hit a new low at East Georgia College (EGC), located in Swainsboro, Georgia, between Atlanta and Savannah. Professor Thomas Thibeault made the mistake of pointing out—at a sexual harassment training seminar—that the school’s sexual harassment policy contained no protection for the falsely accused. Two days later, in a Kafkaesque irony, Thibeault was fired by the college president for sexual harassment. More than a month later, despite multiple requests for information, Thibeault has never received a statement of the charges against him, nor any evidence, nor any idea of […]

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  • Instructor criticizes sex-harassment policy, then is accused of violating it

    September 15, 2009

    Two days after an instructor of English at East Georgia College complained that its sexual-harassment policy offered no protection for professors who were falsely accused, the college charged him with sexual harassment and its police chief escorted him off the campus. Since then, the college has suspended the instructor, Thomas Thibeault, with pay and told him it intended to dismiss him, without ever giving him details of the charges against him, he says, or even the names of any accusers. In an e-mail message to The Chronicle, the college’s president, John B. Black, said, “I cannot comment on an ongoing […]

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  • Professor Fired, Escorted from Campus by Police over Mysterious ‘Sexual Harassment’ Charge Two Days after Complaining about Defects in Policy

    September 15, 2009

    ATLANTA, September 15, 2009—The abuse of campus sexual harassment policies to punish dissenting professors has hit a new low at East Georgia College (EGC) in Swainsboro. Professor Thomas Thibeault made the mistake of pointing out—at a sexual harassment training seminar—that the school’s sexual harassment policy contained no protection for the falsely accused. Two days later, in a Kafkaesque irony, Thibeault was fired by the college president for sexual harassment without notice, without knowing his accuser or the charges against him, and without a hearing. Thibeault turned to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help. “If you were […]

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