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ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

Churchill Jury Is Out

August 22, 2005 by ACTA

The Denver Post reports that the University of Colorado's initial investigation of ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill has been completed. A committee spent the summer reviewing several charges of professional misconduct that have been made against Churchill; it presented its findings last Friday to a group of professors who are now charged with determining whether this preliminary investigation should be escalated into a full-scale investigation that could result in serious disciplinary sanctions for Churchill. Churchill will be issued a copy of the preliminary report, and will have an opportunity to respond to it before the panel makes its determination. The panel will annouce its decision by the end of the month; a fuller investigation of Churchill could take another five months.

UPDATE 8/23/05: Churchill's lawyer has informed the press that the panel dropped two of the charges against Churchill and referred seven more for additional investigation. Those charges that have been flagged for additional investigation center on whether Churchill's work involves plagiarism and other serious misrepresentations of fact. The committee dismissed charges that Churchill mischaracterized himself as a Native American.

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