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(Neb)-NU Assures Regents Freedom Of Express Alive And Well On Campus

By: John Axtell Posted at: 12/07/2017 12:40 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -  University of Nebraska administrators have assured the Board of Regents that they can straddle the chasm between opposing political views on the four campus

     University President Hank Bounds and UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green told the board Tuesday that academic freedom and free expression are alive and well on the system's campuses, despite concerns raised by an August incident at UNL.
 
     That incident involved a female graduate student-lecturer making an inappropriate hand gesture at a female student recruiting for a conservative group and calling her a "neo-fascist."

     It prompted 3 conservative members of the Legislature, including Senators Tom Brewer of Gordon and Steve Erdman of Bayard, to release a letter accusing the university of discriminating against conservatives and questioning its ability to honestly review the the incident.

     Following an internal investigation, the lecturer's expiring contract was not renewed and two top UNL p.r. staffers left when leaked emails showed they'd discussed ways to have the unversity's position defended in print by surrogates
 
     Some professors say the university fired the lecturer without due process, and Green says UNL will continue to hold workshops and discussions as well as conduct a campus climate survey in response to the incident.


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