“We look forward to demonstrating that the allegations against Dr. Gerber are pretextual and that ONU is retaliating against him”
Some people have claimed that this is one of the features of DEI policies. They help the left identify who is not on board with their political agenda.
The College Fix reports:
ONU moves to terminate conservative law professor for alleged ‘unprofessional’ conduct
An Ohio Northern University law professor who is a prominent vocal critic of diversity, equity and inclusion practices in higher education faces a termination hearing and accusations of creating a “hostile work environment” in violation of the faculty handbook.
The administrative hearing is scheduled for the first week of August to review the claims against law Professor Scott Gerber, who was suspended in mid-April after teaching at ONU’s Pettit College of Law since 2001.
Gerber is a highly decorated constitutional law scholar, according to his faculty bio, but the allegations against him center on a handful of interactions he has had with a few colleagues over the last several years. His attorney, Robert Shibley, disputes those claims.
“We look forward to demonstrating that the allegations against Dr. Gerber are pretextual and that ONU is retaliating against him for his protected activity in raising concerns about unlawful DEI and other practices at ONU,” Shibley told The College Fix via email Friday.
After ONU abruptly sought to schedule a dismissal hearing against Gerber on July 10 with little notice, Shibley was granted a temporary restraining order on July 6 to delay the move.
This week, the precise details of the allegations against Gerber were handed over to the law professor by the school after Darke County Judge Jonathan Hein ruled on July 24 that Ohio Northern University must provide him with a “bill of particulars” on all the specific grounds for dismissal.
The university complied, and included the details in an exhibit attached to its motion to dismiss the temporary restraining order.
Campus leaders seek to fire Gerber because he allegedly “engaged in an aggressive written and verbal communication style that has created an unhealthy and unprofessional climate within the law school,” they stated in court documents.
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