A professors-rights group has issued a new report recommending that faculty members seeking employment should consider the University of Colorado only as a "last resort" because, it alleges, the dismissals of two faculty members were unjust and violated academic freedom.
In the report issued this month, the Colorado Conference of the American Association of University Professors criticizes CU-Boulder for not renewing the 2007 contract of Phil Mitchell, an instructor in the Sewall Residence Program, and for firing Ward Churchill, a tenured professor in the ethnic studies department. CU officials fired Churchill in 2007 after an academic misconduct investigation.
CU-Boulder spokesman Bronson Hilliard said that Churchill was given full due process during the academic misconduct case and Mitchell's contract was not renewed because he was not adhering to the academic rigor standards that were clearly communited in the program.
"These cases have no bearing on the issue of academic freedom and they are certainly not related to each other," Hilliard said.