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Panel finds CU professor Ward Churchill committed serious academic misconduct


A University of Colorado investigative committee has determined that CU Professor Ward Churchill has committed serious academic misconduct, but could not agree on a unified recommendation for discipline.

The committee found that Professor Churchill committed several forms of academic misconduct including; falsification, plagiarism, failure to comply with established standards regarding author names on publications, and serious deviation from accepted practices in reporting results from research.

They also found that Professor Churchill's misconduct was deliberate and not a matter of an occasional careless error. The investigative committee found that similar patterns recurred throughout the essays it examined.

Three members of the Committee believe that Professor Churchill's research misconduct is so serious that it satisfies the criteria for revocation of tenure and dismissal. Two members of the committee were so troubled by the circumstances under which the allegations (which they found were most all true) had been made that they decided to ignore Churchill's guilt and recommend he not lose tenure.

You can read the full report here...

Comments (14)

So, let me get it straight:... (Below threshold)

So, let me get it straight: According to two of the committee members, it's OK to commit acts of academic misconduct as long as you simultaneously make public expressions of politically distasteful ideas?

I think it is a hoot that t... (Below threshold)

I think it is a hoot that the committee was "troubled by the circumstances" under which Churchill's misconduct came to light. LOL

"The Committee observes also that the allegations we were asked to investigate were initiated in the wake of the public outcry concerning some highly controversial essays by Professor Churchill... the Committee expresses its concern regarding the timing and perhaps the motives for the University's decision to forward charges made in that context."

I, for one, find the above statement troubling in itself.

Socratease:<bl... (Below threshold)


"So, let me get it straight: According to two of the committee members, it's OK to commit acts of academic misconduct as long as you simultaneously make public expressions of politically distasteful ideas?"

Exactly. Everybody's doing the double-if-not-triple talk: witness the statement of the Left's favorite Senator, Barack Obama, as the Democrats prepared to *ineffectively* filibuster Supreme Court nominee:

Senators John Kerry and Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts are urging fellow Democrats to support a filibuster, citing in part Alito's conservative record on abortion and deference to executive power.

Obama, who would support a filibuster, cast Alito as a judge ''who is contrary to core American values, not just liberal values.''

But Obama joined some Democrats, including Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Charles Schumer of New York, in expressing his unhappiness with the filibuster bid.

''There's one way to guarantee that the judges who are appointed to the Supreme Court are judges that reflect our values. And that's to win elections,'' Obama said.

In other words, it's wrong-headed to engage in procedural tactics like a filibuster; nonetheless, I'm going to participate in this action because it's to my party's benefit; I believe in determining the bench via the ballot box.

Being duplicitous and partisan is mroe important than having integrity -- that's your Democrats!

The guy looks more like a s... (Below threshold)

The guy looks more like a shoe bomber than a scholar.

Oh, he's not a scholar.

Nor is he a Native American... (Below threshold)

Nor is he a Native American like he professes to be.

It just makes me feel all warm inside knowing that this waste of space is "teaching" people.

I think the professor is in... (Below threshold)

I think the professor is in need of a little "Just for Men", ya dig?


Thats gotta be a picture of... (Below threshold)

Thats gotta be a picture of Patty Hearst taken during Her holdup gangster days?

University Politics. Ward ... (Below threshold)

University Politics. Ward probably has something on the two wafflers, or perhaps they are guilty of the same things. Or maybe they are just pissed at CU. Tells you a lot about the quality of thought processes at CU, which should be obvious for them having WC tenured in the first place.

After my stint in academia,... (Below threshold)

After my stint in academia, I'd guess the wafflers put politics ahead of the rules. They're afraid that if they dismiss Wardo then the folks that were critical will go after other people with politics like his. What they fail to see is that by shielding him and ignoring his transgressions, they are just inviting more criticism and attention. They will no longer be able to say that their politics are secondary to their ability to educate and their integrity as professionals. No, they've shown that politics and activism is more important to them than their students and their mission.
And that is the criticism that is most damning to educators right now, IMO.

Hmm, I wonder what would ha... (Below threshold)

Hmm, I wonder what would happen if a STUDENT did any of this? They'd have been tossed out of school long ago.

But a faculty member with shaky academic credentials? Don't know how to handle that one.

Lord, states can't cut college funding enough. These out-of-touch elitists, who are used to bleeding people dry for doing precious little work, need to be brought down numerous pegs.

Who?... (Below threshold)


She's a man, baby!... (Below threshold)

She's a man, baby!

F**k I hate hippies.... (Below threshold)

F**k I hate hippies.

wow, you folks make yoursel... (Below threshold)

wow, you folks make yourselves appear really intelligent by attacking a picture of someone you fear and fail to understand. I bet you feel pretty big at home in front of your computers laughing it up with your little snood remarks. Have you ever listened to what he has to say, instead of just what the news reports about what he says? Or actually gone to see him speak, so you can understand the context in which he is speaking? Or would that not be worth your time, you'd rather sit and jab at him for some radical statements he made. Don't get too pissed of at me yet, i'm not done. Yes he made some controversial comments about the world trade center attacks, did you understand those comments? Or did you just decide to ignore them and hate him because what he said dared to go against popular media trends? Well do you even know who Eichmann was? He was a low officer in the German Army durring WWII who was targeted to be prosecuted for war crimes, not of murder or genocide, but for sceduling the trains that transported the Jews, Blacks, Gypsies, Gays, and everyone else who were rounded up. He was an average man, doing what he could in his society to get ahead while ignoring what was going on around him. Now isn't that what the imployees of in the world trade center buildings were doing? Just trying to get ahead while ignoring the atrocities that are commited every day around the world, like the U.S. placing sanctions that caused the starvation of the children and families of the people who hijacked those planes on September 11, 2001? Maybe if we stop squezeing their nations for everything that their worth (which to us is only crude oil), they won't feel it neccisary to take drastic measures. Now you can get pissed off. Please, hit me with everything you've got, I'm waiting....






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