Brandeis University: Professor Found Guilty of Harassment for Protected Speech

Category: Due Process, Free Speech
Schools: Brandeis University

Brandeis University declared a professor guilty of racial harassment and placed a monitor in his classes after he criticized the use of the word “wetbacks” in his Latin American Politics course. Professor Donald Hindley, a nearly 50-year veteran of teaching, was neither granted a formal hearing by Brandeis nor provided with the substance of the accusations against him in writing before a verdict was reached. Determined not to be branded as a racial harasser simply for using a word in the process of explaining it, Hindley appealed the decision. Provost Marty Krauss pointedly ignored various responsibilities to consult with the Faculty Senate and Krauss’ assertion of arbitrary administrative power angered the Faculty Senate, which has refused to peacefully surrender its bargained-for rights and led to a total meltdown of faculty-administration relations. Hindley has also alleged that he was targeted for his political views including his pro-Palestinian advocacy. The unwillingness of the administration to reach a resolution in this case has led FIRE to place Brandeis University on its Red Alert list as one of the worst of the worst abusers of liberty on campus.

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