Do professors need safe spaces too?
A political science professor at Northwestern University has been banned from campus after she created a website which is critical of the school.
Faculty members expressed concerns for their safety as well. It sounds like this professor could use some counseling.
Inside Higher Ed reports:
Banned From Campus
Northwestern University has banned a full professor from campus, saying that her presence could raise safety concerns for some of her colleagues. The professor in question — Jacqueline Stevens, a political scientist — is an outspoken critic of the university’s leaders and some of her colleagues.
Last week, Stevens created a website on which she charged that she is being punished unfairly, in retaliation for her political views and campus activism. The website quickly attracted interest from many academics nationwide, and they posted numerous criticisms of Northwestern to social media.
But some professors in Stevens’s department at Northwestern say the university needed to act, and that they feared for their safety. They say that Stevens’s politics and activism are irrelevant to what is going on and that it is Stevens who is denying faculty rights (those of her colleagues).
Northwestern, citing privacy rules, is not commenting on the case. And while some documents are being shared on both sides, other documents are not public.
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