Bennington Ignores Due Process and Academic Freedom

In an abuse of power incompatible with the minimal standards of due process and academic freedom, Bennington President Elizabeth Coleman fired Philosophy Professor Carlin Romano without so much as a hearing.

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is organizing a teaching session on academic freedom at Bennington College. The event will take place Friday, May 5, 2000. 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the Corner of Park & West Streets, North Bennington, VT.

The statement from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) read on May 5th at the AAUP event follows:

    • The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is profoundly concerned that Bennington College President Elizabeth Coleman has yet again dismissed a respected faculty member for daring to criticize her and her arbitrary and authoritarian presidency. FIRE calls upon the Board of Trustees of the College to reinstate Professor Carlin Romano, and, simultaneously, to investigate the administration of President Coleman for its failure to ensure free speech and fair procedures.


FIRE is a non-profit, tax-exempt foundation dedicated to the preservation and enhancement (and, at colleges like Bennington, the reinstatement) of academic freedom on America’s campuses of higher learning.

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