Inside Higher Ed
April 15th, 2015
Under threat of termination, Victoria McCard -- the University of North Georgia Spanish professor who was pegged for termination
following a verbal altercation with a visiting lecturer that triggered a
larger investigation into her behavior -- has settled with the
institution. She gets $40,000 and all claims against her dropped, and
the university gets her retirement, effective the end of the academic
year. Instead of a formal dismissal hearing, the matter was handled
quietly with the help of an external mediator.
McCard's not talking in public about her case, according to the terms
of her agreement. The same can’t be said of her colleagues, however,
who are still hotly debating whether the university did the right thing
in seeking to terminate a professor with an alleged long history of
uncivil behavior, or whether it trounced on the tenure system with grave
implications for remaining faculty members.