By Hank Reichman
July 18, 2017
In a victory for academic freedom and faculty rights, a California State University, Fullerton part-time anthropology lecturer facing dismissal after a fracas at a campus demonstration in February has been reinstated by order of an arbitrator. The university's College Republicans had accused Eric Canin of striking one of them at the demonstration. Canin denied hitting anyone, although he acknowledged that the confrontation got heated.
The incident took place February 8 as pro-Palestine students and counter-protesters marched through campus. Canin reportedly approached the counter-protesters and tried to rip a sign out of a student's hand. He was accused of then striking another student who tried to step between them. The Young Republicans' president, Chris Boyle, said he saw the hit and proceeded to restrain Canin until police arrived. An internal investigation by the university determined that Canin did strike a protester. As a result the university issued a letter of termination.
Read the full article at the Academe Blog here.