(FIRE) Disregarding freedom of speech, academic freedom, and its own policies, Marquette University will attempt to revoke Professor John McAdams's tenure and fire him.
Marquette is taking action against McAdams, a political conservative and frequent critic of the administration, supposedly in response to his online criticism of a graduate student instructor who told a student not to oppose same-sex marriage in her class. Marquette had previously suspended McAdams without due process, treated him as though he presented a violent threat, and cancelled his current semester's classes.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has called for McAdams's reinstatement in light of Marquette's egregious violations of his rights.
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"If Marquette can fire a tenured professor for criticizing a fellow teacher on a blog, then tenure at Marquette is worthless, as are freedom of speech and academic freedom," said FIRE Executive Director Robert Shibley. "While this is more than likely just an excuse to get rid of McAdams, the fact that McAdams's supposed offense was criticizing a teacher for squelching dissenting opinions in class only makes Marquette's utter contempt for dissenters more obvious."