No I didn’t stutter! Hundreds of University of Nebraska, Lincoln professors have signed a letter urging state officials to stay out of university affairs after an August incident put the school in the national spotlight.
After several professors were filmed heckling a conservative student on campus, several Republican state senators criticized the school for being hostile to conservatives, but the professors say it is a “manufactured crisis.”
Hundreds of University of Nebraska, Lincoln professors have signed a letter urging state officials to stay out of university affairs after an August incident put the school in the national spotlight.
As Campus Reform reported, several professors harassed and bullied the president of the school’s Turning Point USA chapter while she was recruiting on campus, even flashing her the middle finger and calling her a “neo-fascist.”
Among the hecklers was Teaching Assistant Courtney Lawton, who was later removed from her teaching duties and informed that she wouldn’t be invited back to teach after her contract expired.
Following the incident, three Nebraska State Senators wrote an open letter questioning the university’s treatment of conservative students.
“Are professors at UNL hostile towards conservative students?” the letter asked. “Can the university’s administration conduct an honest investigation when a conservative student is involved?”
Their letter went on to question the efficacy of the English Department, observing that words such as “classical literature studies,” “writing,” “poetry,” and “novel” are missing from its mission statement, while generic statements like “pursuing social justice” and “affirming diversity” are included.”
Now, 300-plus professors from across a variety of university departments have responded, accusing the senators of leveraging “a single campus interaction into a sustained attack on the university that has greatly surpassed the scope and import of the initial incident.”
“We fear that financial hostage-taking by members of the state government will result in changes by the administration in the intellectual offerings of the University and opportunities for our students,” the letter reads.
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