Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Ward Churchill Fired From The University of Colorado

I received a phone call this morning that blew me away! It was from a Republican Organization telling me Ward
Churchill was fired and it was a victory for the Republican Party. Then he proceeded to ask me for funding to help them with firing other people they do not agree with!

Ok, here we go, I do not care if this man questioned the innocence of some of the 9/11 victims and compared their role in what he describes as ongoing genocidal American imperialism to the role played by Adolf Eichmann in organizing the Holocaust. That is his right as an American citizen, and how dare anyone harm this man, physically or monetarily for his views! You call this a victory? A victory for what, the death of all our civil liberties?

I am not like what every one has to say, but I will fight to the death to defend your right to say it!

A special meeting of the University of Colorado Board of Regents was
convened at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at CU-Boulder’s
University Memorial Center to consider a recommendation by CU President
Hank Brown to terminate Professor Ward Churchill. The
Board of Regents considered President Brown’s recommendation in
executive session and reconvened in public session this afternoon to
announce its decision.

Following is information related to the
decision by the Board of Regents,in addition to background information
about the University of Colorado’sPrivilege and Tenure Process, which
governed university action in the monthspreceding today’s decision by
the Board of Regents. The following information includes:

The University of Colorado Board of Regents today voted to accept
President Hank Brown’s recommendation to dismiss Professor Ward
Churchill from the faculty of CU-Boulder for conduct that fell below
minimum standards of professional integrity.

The vote concluded nearly two and a half years of an extensive
faculty review process to investigate charges of research misconduct
against Professor Churchill. More than 20 tenured faculty members from
CU and other institutions served on three separate panels. Each panel
conducted a thorough review of his work and faculty involved found
evidence showing Professor Churchill engaged in research misconduct,
and that it required serious sanction.

“The university has an obligation to ensure its faculty’s work is
above reproach, said CU president Hank Brown. “Academic freedom
requires academic integrity, responsibility and accountability.”

The record of the case www.cu.edu/churchillcase shows a pattern of
serious, repeated and deliberate research misconduct that fell below
the minimum stand of professional integrity, involving fabrication,
falsification, improper citation and plagiarism.

The university’s review of Professor Churchill focused on his
professional activities, not his statements about victims of September
11, 2001. Professor Churchill, like every United States citizen, has
the right to make controversial political statements. Early in the
investigation, the university determined his speech was protected by
the First Amendment.

The University of Colorado values academic freedom as the bedrock of
any university. But for academic freedom to thrive, it must be
accompanied by academic and professional integrity.

The lengthy review process adhered to shared governance procedures
established by the faculty and adopted by the Regents. During the more
than two years the investigative process has taken, Professor Churchill
had the opportunity to present his position. The process allowed him to
make his case in writing, in person, with his attorney and with his own

The board’s decision to dismiss is final. Professor Churchill will
receive one year’s salary as a tenured professor, but will be
immediately relieved of his faculty post and responsibilities.

The University of Colorado is a three-university system with
campuses in Boulder and Colorado Springs, and a Denver and Health
Sciences Center campus located in downtown Denver and at the Anschutz
Medical Campus in Aurora. CU is a premier teaching and research
university, ranked sixth among public institutions in federal research
expenditures by the National Science Foundation. Academic prestige is
marked by CU’s four Nobel laureates, seven MacArthur “genius” Fellows,
18 alumni astronauts, 19 Rhodes Scholars and CU-Boulder’s ranking of
11th best public university and 34th best overall university in the
world by the Institute for Higher Education. - Source The University of
Colorado Press

Wikipedia on Ward Churchill

This article documents a current event. Information may change rapidly as the event progresses.

Ward LeRoy Churchill (born October 2, 1947) is an American writer,
Vietnam veteran and political activist. He is a former professor of
ethnic studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, who was widely
discussed and criticized in the mass media in 2005, for a 2001 essay in
which he questioned the innocence of many of the people killed in the
World Trade Center attacks, labeling them as "technocrats" and "little
Eichmanns.". He has "decided to publish largely in alternative presses
or journals, not in the university presses or mainstream peer-reviewed
journals often favored by more conventional academics." In addition to
his academic writing, Churchill has written for several general
readership magazines of political opinion. His work is primarily about
the U.S. and its historical treatment of political dissenters and of
American Indian peoples.

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