Victory: All Nine Complaints Dismissed for Professor Who Criticized Muslims

March 1, 2012

After investigating nine complaints of harassment and discrimination against Professor Maurice Eisenstein, Purdue University Calumet has dismissed all of them. Among other comments on his personal Facebook page, Eisenstein had criticized "‘moderate’ Muslims" who he believed had not condemned violence after an attack by "a radical Muslim group" killed Christians in Nigeria. Faculty members, students, and the Muslim Student Association filed the complaints. FIRE intervened in January after the university’s investigation dragged on for more than two months, chilling expression on campus.

The case has been covered this week by the Associated PressThe Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Journal & Courier (Lafayette, Indiana). 

The case is not necessarily over, since the parties have 20 days to appeal the decisions, all of which were handed down on February 22, and part of the case remains confidential. FIRE will keep you informed about further developments.

Schools:  Purdue University

Cases:  Purdue University Calumet: First Amendment Violations Against Professor Who Criticized Muslims