Monday, March 9, 2015

Judge Says University Failed to Shield Professor From Colleagues’ Retaliation

The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 9th, 2015

Northeastern State University never should have let two faculty members that it had reprimanded for discriminating against a Native American colleague take part in a subsequent vote to deny him promotion and tenure, a federal judge has ruled.
As reported by The National Law Review on Thursday, the judge determined last month that the Oklahoma university had left the Native American faculty member sufficiently exposed to possible retaliation to let his discrimination lawsuit against it go to trial.
Had the two previously reprimanded professors been removed from the tenure-decision process in question, “this would be a different case,” said the ruling, which was handed down by Judge Ronald A. White of the U.S. District Court in Muskogee, Okla. Because the two were allowed to have a say in the tenure rejection, Judge White wrote, he could not grant the university’s request to dismiss the lawsuit against it and several of its administrators and faculty members.

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