Monday, February 7, 2011
The Washington State Supreme Court reversed a Court of Appeals order and held that Western Washington University did not violate the Administrative Procedure Act by closing a disciplinary hearing against a tenured associate professor in the Theatre Arts Department. The school had suspended the professor for two academic semesters.
The court's opinion sets out facts that included carrying a registered firearm and a large knife on campus and in the classroom, coupled with repeated expressions of a desire to kill people. He told a female professor that "she better keep her legs closed, because she could not be expected to teach students the same way she got her doctorate." There were other insults as well, including his telling a student who had returned to class from chemotherapy that not offering her work for review "would be just the same as dying from cancer."
Hat tip to the web page of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. (Mike Frisch)