Thursday, September 4, 2014

University May Have Retaliated

Inside Higher Ed
September 4th, 2014

Central Michigan University and its president must defend themselves against allegations that they retaliated against a former professor and her husband because the latter -- then a student -- initiated a successful no-confidence vote against the president, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
In its split opinion, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit concluded that Kathleen and Christopher Benison had provided sufficient evidence to persuade a "reasonable" jury that Central Michigan had punished Ms. Benison by suing her to seek reimbursement for sabbatical compensation and her husband by placing a hold on his undergraduate transcript because of an outstanding tuition balance.
The lawsuit grew out of governance strife at Central Michigan earlier this decade, amid efforts by adjunct faculty to unionize and conflict over the relative authority of administrators and the faculty. In late 2011, the university's Academic Senate approved a vote of no confidence in President George Ross and Provost Gary Shapiro (which the Board of Trustees promptly rejected). The sponsor of the resolution calling for the vote was Christopher Benison, then an undergraduate at Central Michigan.

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