Former CU-Boulder Professor Ward Churchill Loses Appeal To Win Job Back

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The attorney for Ward Churchill — the University of Colorado faculty member who compared some World Trade Center victims to a notorious Nazi — said he's appealing the fired professor's case to the U.S. Supreme Court after the state Supreme Court today ruled in favor of the university.

The Colorado Supreme Court heard Churchill's appeal in June and issued its ruling today against Churchill, who has been trying to get his job back on the Boulder campus where he taught ethnic studies. The Board of Regents in 2007 fired Churchill for academic misconduct, after discovering patterns of plagiarism and made-up facts in his body of work.

Churchill won a civil lawsuit against the university in 2009. But while a Denver jury found that CU had unlawfully fired Churchill for exercising his right to free speech, it only awarded him $1 — and the district judge declined to give him his job back.

CU spokesman Ken McConnellogue said today that the university is pleased with the ruling because it sends a message that academic integrity is critical to the university's mission.

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