July 11th, 2015
Stepping up its criticism of LSU, a top national organization of
university professors on Thursday announced it will publish a report
critical of the university’s recent firing of associate professor Teresa
Buchanan for alleged sexual harassment and pledged money to help with
her legal defense.
The report known as a “supplementary report” will be only the
seventh that American Association of University Professors has issued in
its 100-year history.
The organization, which conducted its own review of the case,
rejects LSU’s contention that Buchanan’s treatment of her students,
including the use of curse words and telling the occasional sexually themed joke, in any way constituted sexual harassment.
“Maybe to a few people it’s unsettling, but we have a case where the
worst things she is accused of doing are, at regular, secular
universities, run-of-the-mill stuff these days,” said Jordan E. Kurland,
the AAUP’s associate general secretary. “Nobody would bat an eye.”