Friday, May 7, 2021

A Law School Grudgingly Acknowledges Academic Freedom - Jonathan Marks, Commentary Magazine

In March, University of San Diego School Law Professor Thomas Smith found himself under investigation for a “racist” blog post with students calling for his resignation. The investigation has now ended with the finding that Smith’s speech is “protected by [USD’s] policy on academic freedom.” After all, as provost Gail F. Baker says, that “lies at the core of the mission of the University of San Diego.”

Great. But if academic freedom lies at the core of the mission of the University of San Diego, how come no one in the administration knows what it is?


I don't think I was obnoxious. Perhaps not my wittiest, but not obnoxious.

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"Obnoxious"? Precious little man. On the other hand this really is bonkers: '“Chinese” constituted “offensive language in reference to people from China”'

When we were small we were told "Eat your food up; think of all the poor, starving people in China." To say that now might, I suppose be offensive.

When we were undergraduates and great fans of Chinese restaurants we'd discuss "going out for a chinkie" i.e. a Chinese meal. Was that offensive? Not then, apparently.

Posted by: dearieme | May 7, 2021 6:29:31 AM

Although I sometimes disagree with you, I have never found you to be obnoxious.

Posted by: Stu Buchalter | May 7, 2021 8:30:34 AM