Bollinger Unlikely To Put Restrictions on Political Bias in Classroom

April 11, 2005

Columbia University's president, Lee Bollinger, is unlikely to impose restrictions on political bias in the classroom, according to a professor familiar with the situation.

Instead, Mr. Bollinger's strategy in dealing with complaints about politicized teaching appears to rely on revamped procedures for handling student grievances and the hiring of additional faculty members with different viewpoints.

"The administration will probably refrain from any steps that would be seen as trying to dictate what any professor says in the classroom," a professor of Middle Eastern history and a former director of Columbia's Middle East Institute, Richard Bulliet, said last week...

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