Thursday, June 15, 2006

Dr. Leonard Jeffries Jr./Dr.Michael Levin(CUNY)

"The president of City College said yesterday that he considered Dr. Leonard Jeffries Jr.'s conduct "racist" and "anti-Semitic," but had decided not to dismiss him as chairman of the black studies department because it would "deepen the sense of crisis on campus." The president, Dr. Bernard W. Harleston, said Dr. Jeffries's dismissal would have produced "conflict," both within the college, where the faculty senate is insistent upon the principle of academic freedom, and in the Harlem community around the college where Dr. Jeffries has supporters."

"A Federal appeals court in Manhattan ruled yesterday that City College had violated the academic and constitutional rights of a philosophy professor who contended in published letters and articles, although not in his classes, that blacks on average are less intelligent than whites. The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that college officials had abrogated the free-speech and due-process rights of Dr. Michael Levin by establishing separate sections of his courses for students who were offended by his views and by forming a committee to investigate him."


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