Friday, January 09, 2004

Nice website: You're fired 

Erin O'Connor describes how a website calling for reform of Cumberland College got the faculty member who created it fired.
The issue is the site's content: when Cumberland College administrators learned about the site on October 13, 2003, the president called Day in and gave him the choice of resigning or being fired. Day chose resignation and reports that the entire discussion took less than two minutes. Immediately thereafter, Day's computer was confiscated and all the files on it were copied--the college claims they are its property. The locks on Day's office were changed, and the college sent the city police to his house to serve him with a private memo from the president warning him that he would be arrested if he came back to campus.
Thank God nobody reads this site! I've taken some time to read the CARE site; it suggests that some financial mismanagement has occured as well as a drift in the school's Christian mission. It's critical and public. Should that be sufficient to warrant dismissal of the employee? The fired professor reports that the AAUP has asked for his reinstatement.