East coast advocacy group backs embattled UCSB professor

June 19, 2009

By Ben Preston at Santa Barbara Independent

While an ad hoc charges committee of UCSB's Academic Senate looks into accusations of faculty misconduct against William Robinson - the professor who sent out an e-mail in January comparing the Israeli occupation of Gaza with the Nazi's handling of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II - the Committee to Defend Academic Freedom at UCSB has been working overtime trying to prove that Robinson was within his right to send the email. The committee, which was formed shortly after complaints were filed by two students in January, recently enlisted the help of the Pennsylvania-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), an organization similar to the American Civil Liberties Union but more narrowly focused. FIRE Individual Rights Defense Program director Adam Kissel said that his organization was aware of the issue but also that Robinson initiated contact...

Schools: University of California, Santa Barbara Cases: University of California, Santa Barbara: Professor Investigated for Sending E-Mail to Class