Victory for Academic Freedom at University of California–Santa Barbara

June 24, 2009

University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) has just notified Professor William Robinson that it is no longer pursuing charges against him for sending an e-mail to his Sociology of Globalization class which offended students and critics both within and outside the university. Exactly two weeks after FIRE wrote UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang, the university’s Charges Committee reported that it “did not find probable cause to undertake disciplinary action.” Executive Vice Chancellor Gene Lucas informed Robinson that “this matter is now terminated.” This is a victory for all faculty members at UCSB, who now are less likely to self-censor in fear that complaints about their relevant class communications might be transformed into unconstitutional months-long investigations.

Schools:  University of California, Santa Barbara

Cases:  University of California, Santa Barbara: Professor Investigated for Sending E-Mail to Class