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UC Panel Says Ward Churchill Should Be Fired

More bad news for another Associated Press hero:

Panel: Churchill should be fired

By Dan Elliott
The Associated Press

Ward Churchill, the professor who called some of the World Trade Center victims "little Eichmanns," should be fired because of "repeated and deliberate" infractions of scholarship rules, a University of Colorado committee said today.

The recommendation, which came on a 6-3 vote, now goes to university officials for a final decision.

Churchill, a tenured professor of ethnic studies who has vowed to fight his dismissal with a lawsuit, "has committed serious, repeated, and deliberate research misconduct," the school’s Standing Committee on Research Misconduct said in its final report.

But in what appeared to be an acknowledgment of the political pressure placed on the university to fire Churchill, the report asked school officials to reassure other faculty members that CU still values academic freedom.

Churchill has repeatedly denied misconduct and he did so again today.

"Baloney. That’s my one-word-response," he said. "The basic situation here is there was a call … for my termination clear back last February, whether or not it was legal. They’re willing to take the heat and go to court if necessary and stand behind an illegitimate investigation." The school’s investigation focused on allegations that Churchill committed research misconduct and plagiarism. They did not address his comments about the Sept. 11 victims, which came in an essay he wrote hours after the attacks. The essay was largely ignored until January 2005, when they came to light before a scheduled speech at a college in upstate New York.

Since then, his case has been cited by conservatives as an example of how universities have overstocked their faculties with leftists. Others raised concerns that a crackdown on Churchill would set a bad precedent when it comes to academic freedom.

What about the concern that not firing him encourages academic fraud?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, June 13th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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