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Federal district court rules against fired LSU professor Teresa Buchanan

Yesterday, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana issued a ruling in the case of Buchanan v. Alexander. The court granted summary judgment to the defendants, Louisiana State University President F. King Alexander and three top administrators.

Former LSU education professor Teresa Buchanan, who was fired by LSU in June 2015 over the contrary recommendation of a faculty panel for violating the university’s sexual harassment policy, filed the suit in in January 2016.

Buchanan, a veteran educator, was fired for her alleged occasional use of profanity and sexual language in preparing her adult students to be effective teachers. Her lawsuit alleged that her termination violated her free speech and due process rights.

FIRE sponsored Buchanan’s lawsuit as part of our Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project, and she is represented by Robert Corn-Revere, Ronald London, and Lisa Zycherman of Davis Wright Tremaine.

FIRE is deeply disappointed by the district court’s ruling and believe the case was wrongly decided. While we review all of our options, we invite you to read Teresa Buchanan’s side of the story.

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