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When Academic Administrators Lose Their Moral Compass

May 10, 2011

Bill Watts, associate professor of English at Butler University, has just published a compelling and cautionary account of what can happen when university administrators lose their moral compass. In his thoughtful and comprehensive essay in the Journal of Academic Freedom, published by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Watts analyzes the facts surrounding Butler University's legal attack on one of its students. As Watts noted, the case set legal precedent in America: "The Indianapolis Star ran an article that stated, on the authority of Adam Kissel of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, that 'this is the first case of a university suing a student over online speech...