Monday, April 10, 2006

Tenured prof fired at Madison after felony

It was also reported this weekend that a child-soliciting prof down at Madison was finally fired for his disgusting behavior.

It won't stop the ranting of the system-haters in the capital, but perhaps it will curtail some of the worst of it.

You'll notice that the regents overruled an appeals committee that suggested that the professor could be reinstated.

I have to admit that this felony doesn't seem to be one that would affect the duties of the employee, but the regents clearly gave weight to the current political climate over the idea of rehabilitation.


The Capital Times

2 comments:

JRS said...

FYI-
I'm enclosing the Faculty Dismissal Resolution the Faculty Senate adopted last week. We also approved our suggested alterations in the proposed UWS 7 Chapter that would fast-track faculty dismissal for "engaging in serious criminal misconduct that constitutes a felony"

Jim Simmons


RESOLUTION CONCERNING PROPOSED UWS CHAPTER 7
Procedures for Dismissal in Special Cases

Whereas the faculty of the University of Wisconsin are responsible for advancing the University's mission of teaching, research, and service; and

Whereas a faculty member engaging in serious criminal activity that poses a substantial risk to the safety of the University community or that seriously impairs the faculty member's fitness or ability to fulfill his or her duties can be a serious impediment to the carrying out of the University's mission; and

Whereas the presumption of innocence, the right not to be compelled to testify against oneself, and the right to due process prior to the forfeiture of life, liberty, or property are fundamental principles of American law; and

Whereas Wisconsin Statutes 111.321-2 and 111.335 bar employment discrimination on the basis of a person's record of arrest or conviction unless the charges are substantially related to the circumstances of the particular job; and

Whereas the administrative officers and standing faculty committees of the University of Wisconsin are not competent by training or experience to investigate or adjudicate criminal charges;

And whereas the current draft of proposed UWS Chapter 7 is not entirely consistent with the above principles, laws, and facts; therefore

Be it resolved, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh:

Endorses the efforts of the Board of Regents to provide for prompt disciplinary action when a faculty member has been convicted of serious criminal activity that poses a substantial risk to the safety of the University community or that seriously impairs the faculty member's fitness or ability to fulfill his or her duties;

Reaffirms its endorsement of the principles of academic freedom, and the protection of conduct, expressions, or beliefs, the rights to which are secured by the Constitution;

Endorses the presumption of innocence, the right not to be compelled to testify against oneself, and the right to due process prior to the forfeiture of life, liberty, or property;

Urges the Board of Regents to adopt rules that are fully consistent with the above mentioned academic and legal principles;

And especially urges that University disciplinary proceedings must follow, not anticipate, legal proceedings, because the University is in no position to conduct criminal investigations, or adjudicate the results thereof, in a manner that is consistent with fundamental principles of due process, fairness, and justice.

Dave Diamond said...

I wonder, what would it take for a faculty appeals committee to recommend that a tenured professor be fired? Is 2nd degree sexual assault a dismissable offense, while 3rd degree is not? Help me out, folks, I'd really like to know how many people to whom a professor can expose himself before his peers turn on him.