National Association of Scholars President Defends Prof Ejected From Class for Objecting to DEI Policies
“I am appalled by the treatment ONU’s senior administrators have meted out to Professor Gerber.”
Professor Scott Gerber recently wrote about what happened to him in the Wall Street Journal. The NAS is defending him.
From the NAS:
Letter: In Defense of Professor Scott Gerber
Dear President Baumann:
I am writing on behalf of Professor Scott Gerber, a member of the National Association of Scholars and professor of law at Ohio Northern University. NAS is an organization of professors, administrators, graduate students, teachers and independent scholars who share our mission focused on the traditional liberal arts in undergraduate education, to traditional standards of academic freedom and free expression on campuses, and to the observance of objective, uniform standards of due process in procedures relating to academic disciplinary matters.
I am appalled by the treatment ONU’s senior administrators have meted out to Professor Gerber. His account published in The Wall Street Journal and the statement issued by FIRE are powerful indictments of the unfairness, callousness, and abuse of process that ONU has exhibited—I would say “in this case,” but in fact there is no case. As far as we on the outside can tell, there was only administrative whim.
I have known Professor Gerber for many years, and I know him to be sharp-witted and undeterred by pressures to conform himself to reigning ideology. He speculates in his WSJ op-ed that his criticisms of ONU’s diversity, equity, and inclusion policies may have prompted the effort to purge him from the faculty. While that seems likely, we don’t know. But whatever motivated the administration to take this action, the manner of taking it is inexcusable. What could possibly justify interrupting a professor’s class in order to take him under escort to the dean? In the real world we call this bullying. Then to demand his capitulation on the spot without naming charges or following the university’s written procedures? In the real world we call this contempt and intimidation.
I understand that the administrator in question, Law Dean Charles Rose, was not you. But it is inconceivable that a dean would undertake such an action without prior approval of the college president. If Dean Rose was acting on his own, it would be clear grounds for his dismissal, which as far as I can tell has not happened. So you own this situation.
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Many thanks to Peter Wood and http://www.NAS.org.
Still, it seems like this is just a tip of an iceberg.
I mean, just try to imagine the things that go on at this “university” that we never hear about.
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Can any serious person just choose to ignore this craziness? As if it’s not happening?
If you’re a reasonably bright , reasonably personable 18-year-old , which is a better plan for your future?
(A) Four years spending $$$ for what ever it is O.N.U. offers?
Or (B) Become fluent in, let’s say, Spanish whilst concurrently earning $$$ as a , let’s say, waiter
With Option (B) you’ll improve career opportunities anywhere in the Western Hemisphere.
You might also decide to attend college in South America or in Spain.
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If we keep doing the same things over and over, and expect better results , then at some point we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves.
If anyone is interested in helping Prof. Gerber in his legal battle with ONU, please see the GoFundMe link below.. Any donations are appreciated and please share the link as we help Scott in his battle against the deep pockets of ONU.