Indiana University Condemns Professor’s Views Firing Isn’t An Option
INDIANA UNIVERSITY CONDEMNS PROFESSOR’S ‘VILE’ VIEWS ABOUT GAY MEN, BLACK STUDENTS AND WOMEN, BUT SAYS FIRING ISN’T AN OPTION
Indiana University agreed with critics that a professor’s expressed beliefs raised concerns about his ability to teach a diverse student body. When it came to terminating his employment, though, the university claimed its hands were tied.
“My strong disagreement with his views—indeed, the fact that I find them loathsome—is not a reason for Indiana University to violate the Constitution of the United States,” Lauren Robel, Indiana University Bloomington executive vice president and provost, said in a statement.
On November 7, Professor Eric Rasmusen posted on Twitter a link to an article titled, “Are Women Destroying Academia? Probably.” The tweet created a firestorm after an account with more than 400,000 followers shared it and it wasn’t the first time the university found themselves at the receiving end of criticism because of Rasmusen.