“It is with mixed feeling that I announce my retirement from Chapman University today.”
Professor John Eastman attended the Trump rally last week but did not participate in the Capitol Hill riot. The school faced tremendous pressure from its faculty to fire him for this. The university president refused to fire him.
Eastman has now resigned.
Eastman announced his resignation and retirement at The American Mind:
John Eastman’s Statement on His Retirement from Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law
It is with mixed feeling that I announce my retirement from Chapman University today. Apart from prominent visitorships at the University of San Diego and the University of Colorado Boulder, my entire academic career has been as a professor and Dean at the Chapman University Fowler School of Law.
During my tenure as Dean, the law school achieved the highest national ranking it has achieved to date, moving from 163rd to 93rd in that short three-year period between 2007 and 2010. I wish Dean Parlow much success in regaining and surpassing that high water mark.
Eastman offers some pointed criticism of his detractors:
I have also enjoyed a strong working relationship with the University’s current President, Daniele Struppa, dating to my Deanship when he was serving as the University’s Provost and Chancellor. And I applaud his defense of me in particular and academic freedom more generally in this recent controversy.
But I cannot extend such praise to some of my “colleagues” on the campus or to the few members of the Board of Trustees who have published false, defamatory statements about me without even the courtesy of contacting me beforehand to discuss. The political science faculty, for example, made numerous false statements of fact and law in their diatribe against me. They asserted, for example, that I have made “false claims” about the 2020 presidential election which “have no basis in fact or law and seek to harm the democratic foundations of our constitutional republic.”
Had they bothered to discuss the matter with me, they could have learned that every statement I have made is backed up with documentary and/or expert evidence, and solidly grounded in law. For example, it is a fact that partisan election officials and even partisan-elected judicial officials in numerous states altered or ignored existing state laws in the conduct of the election, the instances of which are well documented in the petition for writ of certiorari I filed in the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of the President.
My friend @DrJohnEastman has announced his resignation from Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law, where he once served as dean.
His statement is an important read for our troubled times. Woke ideology has corrupted the American academy beyond repair. https://t.co/Lq8jy9zOAg
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) January 14, 2021
Chapman University President Daniele Struppa released this statement:
Statement from the Office of the President
“After discussions over the course of the last week, Dr. John Eastman and Chapman University have reached an agreement pursuant to which he will retire from Chapman, effective immediately. Dr. Eastman’s departure closes this challenging chapter for Chapman and provides the most immediate and certain path forward for both the Chapman community and Dr. Eastman. Chapman and Dr. Eastman have agreed not to engage in legal actions of any kind, including any claim of defamation that may currently exist, as both parties move forward.”
It’s ironic that higher education, an industry that now finds itself mired in a culture of protests and demands, has finally disapproved of a demonstration.
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