Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Boulder Professor, Accused of Retaliation, Should Not Be Fired, Faculty Panel Says

The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 14th, 2015

A tenured professor in the University of Colorado at Boulder’s troubled philosophy department should be suspended, not fired, according to a faculty panel assigned to review his case, the Daily Camera reports.
The university has moved to fire David Barnett, asserting that he retaliated against a graduate student who said she had been sexually assaulted by a peer in the department. Specifically, the university says Mr. Barnett compiled a report that, among other things, accused the woman of lying about her allegations. The university paid the woman $825,000 to settle her case.
The faculty-grievance panel determined that Mr. Barnett’s actions had been “offensive and derogatory” to the woman but did not constitute retaliation. His lawyer, Brian Moore, told the Boulder newspaper that the professor had been “vindicated” by the panel’s recommendation, which is not binding.

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