Monday, May 3, 2021

The Petty Tyrants of Linfield University - Jonathan Marks, Commentary Magazine

Linfield University, a liberal arts college in Oregon, claims repeatedly in its faculty handbook to honor academic freedom. It could hardly be clearer. “Academic freedom and freedom of inquiry are values to which Linfield University subscribes.”

But Linfield’s despotic administration has effectively renounced this statement in favor of a pithier one: “Snitches get stitches.”

The snitcher–or whistleblower–in this case is Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, who was until recently a tenured Shakespeare scholar and a voting faculty member on Linfield’s Board of Trustees. At issue is Pollack-Pelzner’s unwelcome insistence that this same board take more seriously the documented mishandling of a case of trustee sexual misconduct, as well as additional similar allegations.

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