Moron Ward Churchill
Report coming out today
:A University of Colorado investigative committee found deliberate and serious misconduct by ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill, including plagiarism, fabrication, and "serious deviation from accepted practices in reporting results from research," according to a report made public today.
But:Three of the five members of the committee said the transgressions were serious enough that CU could revoke Churchill’s tenure and fire him. But two of those three said the most appropriate sanction would be a five-year suspension without pay.
The other two committee members said they were "troubled by the circumstances under which these allegations have been made," and "believe his dismissal would have an adverse effect on other scholars’ ability to conduct their research." Those two recommended that Churchill be suspended without pay for two years.
Research misconduct encompasses a spectrum of academic wrongdoing - everything from plagiarism to fabrication to falsification.
The committee also said it was concerned about the timing and motives of the investigation, which was launched amid public outcry over and essay Churchill wrote about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The university knew Churchill was a "controversial public intellectual" when he was given tenure in 1991, the committee said in the report.
So controversial public intellectuals have a get out of jail free card for "plagiarism, fabrication and serious deviation from accepted practices in reporting results from research"?