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Shortell Declines Chairmanship After All
Just a quick update that Professor Timothy Shortell has decided not to take up the position as chair of the sociology department at Brooklyn College. This decision comes after controversy arose over his writings about religion and religious people on a non-school-related website. (Read David’s posts for more details about the legal implications for Shortell’s chairmanship and about freedom of speech for department chairs in general.)
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Campus free speech champion Robert Zimmer dies at age 75
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What a drag — Montana outlaws ‘glamorous’ attire in public schools and libraries
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Cal State faculty stand up for academic freedom and free speech
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Say what? Westfield State University bans ‘derogatory or inflammatory statements, and/or idle gossip’
Students at Westfield State University in Massachusetts are subject to disciplinary action if their use of university email is deemed to include “derogatory or inflammatory statements and/or idle gossip.”