Rowan College at Gloucester County

Location: Sewell, New Jersey
Website: http://rcgc.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit

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  • Rowan College at Gloucester County: Professor Fired After Student Complaints Over Classroom Language and Course Content

    August 12, 2015

    Sociology professor Dawn Tawwater assumed a new position as a tenure-track professor at Rowan College at Gloucester County in September 2014, teaching five course sections. Within weeks of beginning her teaching, however, Tawwater was the subject of four student complaints regarding, among other matters, her occasional use of profanity in the classroom and her screening of a racy feminist parody of the music video for the Robin Thicke song “Blurred Lines.” At an October 6 hearing Rowan attempted to force Tawwater to sign a “Last Chance Agreement” requiring that she “refrain from using indecent language in the classroom” and apologize […]

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  • Fired for Trying to Teach Sociology, Former Professor Takes Rowan College at Gloucester County to Court

    August 12, 2015

    For much of the year, FIRE has been following a deeply troubling case out of Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC), in New Jersey—one that might give longtime Torch readers a strange sense of deja vu: Didn’t we read about something like this at the University of Denver? And Appalachian State University? And the University of Colorado at Boulder? In all of those cases, professors found themselves under scrutiny for broaching sometimes-squeamish issues of sex and sexuality in ways that made students uncomfortable. The professors in these cases found themselves unilaterally removed from teaching, banished from campus without a hearing, […]

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