Harassment vs. academic freedom, round two

January 24, 2008

By Andy Guess at Inside Higher Ed

It started as a student accusation of harassment against a long-tenured professor. Now, with the faculty's backing, the dispute has turned into a showdown over autonomy, academic freedom and governance procedures.

Donald Hindley first learned through twin October 30 letters that he was deemed in violation of Brandeis University's nondiscrimination policy for allegedly uttering "inappropriate and racially derogatory statements." The provost, Marty Krauss, informed the professor of politics that a "monitor" would observe his classroom and that he would be required to attend "anti-discrimination training." The administration's sanctions were deemed unusual by veteran observers of academic freedom, such as the American Association of University Professors, and the allegations set off a furor among faculty members at the institution, named for the free-expression defender and Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis...

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