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Marquette University Dean Richard Holz has written a letter to Professor John McAdams, announcing that university will revoke his tenure and fire him.
The AAUP recently wrote a letter to Marquette objecting to the suspension of McAdams without adequate cause or hearing.
This latest development is far more alarming. AAUP regulations, and Marquette’s own policies, explicitly prohibit what Marquette is now doing: punishing a professor for publicly expressing his opinions.
According to the letter, “your conduct clearly and substantially fails to meet the standards of personal and professional excellence that generally characterizes University faculties. As a result, your value to this academic institution is substantially impaired.”
Much of Holz’s letter is devoted to detailing the flaws of McAdams’ blog post about Cheryl Abbate, a graduate student teaching a class in which a student felt he was not allowed to denounce gay marriage. McAdams’ blog was read by some people who…
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