The Rocky Mountain News on Ward Churchill:
The leader of the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus said Monday Ward Churchill should be fired, making Churchill the first CU professor recommended for dismissal because of research misconduct.
Interim Chancellor Phil DiStefano also said the university is ready to defend itself if Churchill sues, and stressed that he reached his decision because of “a pattern” of misconduct – including plagiarism and fabrication of material – and not because of Churchill’s controversial remarks about Sept. 11.
More links: The chancellor’s statement. Why Churchill’s inevitable lawsuit will fail. Editorial: “Justice delayed is still justice.” Denver Post news story. New York Times news story. L.A. Times news story.
At least one person isn’t thrilled about Churchill’s all-but-certain dismissal, according to Inside Higher Ed:
Roger Bowen, general secretary of the American Association of University Professors, said he had mixed feelings about the announcement Monday. Colorado’s faculty committees and interim chancellor appear to have taken numerous steps to assure due process for Churchill and to express support for academic freedom, Bowen said. “If there is reason for concern, it stems from the political rancor that prompted the inquiry and the hostile intervention by political figures, including the governor,” he added.