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Linfield University Fires Tenured Professor After He Alleged School President Made Anti-Semitic Remarks

Linfield University Fires Tenured Professor After He Alleged School President Made Anti-Semitic Remarks

“In the process, Linfield University shamelessly conceded that it afforded the professor no due process”

Linfield University in Oregon fired English professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner this week “for cause” and for supposedly interfering “with the university’s administration of its responsibilities.”

The firing comes after Pollack-Pelzner complained about alleged sexual misconduct by a member of the board of trustees. But apparently, an allegation that the school president has made anti-Semitic remarks really set off his superiors.

Maxine Bernstein reports at The Oregonian:

Linfield University fires professor who spoke out against sexual misconduct, raised allegations against president

Linfield University on Tuesday fired English professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, a public advocate for students and faculty who had complained about alleged sexual abuse by board trustees.

Pollack-Pelzner, 41, also earlier this month accused university President Miles K. Davis of making anti-Semitic comments to fend off criticism of how the school handled those sexual abuse complaints. Pollack-Pelzner first shared the allegations on a Twitter thread this month.

The university’s human resources manager summoned Pollack-Pelzner to a 4 p.m. mandatory meeting Tuesday and divulged little about the session, saying only that it regarded his “employment,” according to emails shared with The Oregonian/OregonLive.

An hour later, the school confirmed it had fired Pollack-Pelzner “for cause,” describing him as “insubordinate” and having “interfered with the university’s administration of its responsibilities.”

Pollack-Pelzner said he’s consulting a lawyer and declined comment.

Unfortunately for the school, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has taken an interest in this case.

From the FIRE blog:

Tenured professor abruptly fired after raising allegations of anti-Semitic speech by Linfield University’s president

A university embroiled in sexual abuse scandals has abruptly fired a tenured professor who criticized the handling of those controversies and alleged that the university’s president and chair of its Board of Trustees made anti-Semitic comments. In the process, Linfield University shamelessly conceded that it afforded the professor no due process, claiming that “termination for cause” does not require due process if the cause is not “related to their responsibilities and duties as a professor.”

On Tuesday, Linfield ousted professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner after he lambasted the college’s handling of sexual abuse allegations and accused college president Miles K. Davis of making anti-Semitic remarks, which Davis denies. Two other faculty members have subsequently come forward with allegations that Davis made similar remarks.

Yesterday evening, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) sent an urgent letter to President Davis, calling on him to immediately reinstate Pollack-Pelzner and reaffirm the school’s promises of free expression.

“It’s shocking — and telling — that Pollack-Pelzner was forced out without an opportunity to defend himself,” said FIRE attorney Adam Steinbaugh. “President Davis has shown himself to be a bad actor, and this termination is a farce.”

Much of this seems to spring from comments the professor made on Twitter in March:

There’s more but you get the idea.

The professor is lucky to have FIRE in his corner.

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That’s aweful, hope he has good representation!

    audax in reply to mark311. | May 3, 2021 at 11:12 am

    Just looked up Miles K. Davis of Linwood….just after a made a bet with myself about him….yep, he’s of the chosen race….black.

So the putz blew the horn on a guy named “Miles Davis”

you cannot make this shite up

I can’t follow the charge, whatever it is. It all seems to be tied to #MeToo type movements, pick your victim group, and outrage. I assume they’ll kill and eat each other eventually and it will all calm down.

The Dhimmi-crats are vile. It is time to shine a light on these reprobates, and, expose their evil attitudes and hate-filled ideology.

Brave Sir Robbin | April 30, 2021 at 12:42 pm

“Linfield University”?

Somewhere between 1,400 and 2,300 students, sources differ, with an 82% acceptance rate.

I am not shocked about how they are treating an employee. I am shocked they have the hutzpah to self-identify as a “university.”

Morning Sunshine | April 30, 2021 at 12:46 pm

ya know, for as much as the snowflake generation – and their enablers – seems to hate jews (thanks PLO), they also seem to venerate and follow one: Karl Marx

So if their “worst fear” comes true – that jews are out to take over the world, they would have enabled it by supporting the stupid ideas of their favorite economist

    Milhouse in reply to Morning Sunshine. | May 2, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Karl Marx was a Jew only under Jewish law. Neither he nor anyone else identified him as a Jew. He was born and raised a Christian, and became an atheist. He was also an open antisemite.

Let’s clarify: Female students can accuse a male student of rape with no evidence and that male shall be bounced out of school immediately with full force of a kangaroo court system, but if a female student accuses a trustee of sexual assault in a timely manner, a college shall go to all lengths to cover it up and destroy any who shed light on it.

Welcome to 2021. #Metoo.

    n.n in reply to Andy. | April 30, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Social justice. Recall the autonomy argument was shelved with a woman and man’s four choices short of Pro-Choice, the religion, the wicked solution. In desperation, they manufactured “rape culture”, protected social liberalism (e.g. friends with “benefits”, casting couches, responsibility avoidance, infantilization), and restarted the witch hunts and warlock judgments a la allegations of diversity (e.g. racism) in order to calm the conscious dysphoria and exploit em-pathetic apologies to force the public to take a knee

Jack Klompus | April 30, 2021 at 1:15 pm

Sounds like a real bitches brew at that place.

That’s why I am so glad to be out of the lefty rat’s nest of academia.

Now parents have to realize that their money is wasted on tuition….

    n.n in reply to Dimsdale. | April 30, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    The rat’s nest, yes. Also, progressive prices, selectively subsidized, shared responsibility, and marginal returns.

Presumed guilty until proven innocent beyond a reasonable doubt. is a fundamentalist tenet of the Pro-Choice religion.

texansamurai | April 30, 2021 at 6:47 pm

so “for cause” includes the revelations that a university member/administrator/trustee has engaged in criminal activity(sexual assault)and those alleged actions can be corraborated? sorry, the school loses

“anti-semitic” remarks can be matters of degree/opinion so maybe/maybe not

alleged criminal activity(which, from the article)that’s corraborated by victims/et al is another matter entirely

hope he nails them for a bunch of $$$