From: News Alert E-Memo (memofrom@Colorado.EDU)
Date: Tue Jul 07 2009 - 14:34:20 MDT
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2009 14:34:20 -0600 (MDT) From: News Alert E-Memo <memofrom@Colorado.EDU> Subject: Ruling by Denver Judge on Ward Churchill Case
TO: CU Boulder Faculty, Staff, Students,
FROM: Office of the Chancellor
DATE: July 7, 2009
SUBJECT: Ruling by Denver Judge on Ward Churchill Case
Dear faculty, staff and students of the University of Colorado at Boulder:
As many of you know by now, a Denver judge today dismissed Ward Churchill's
case against the University of Colorado Board of Regents and ruled that it
would be inappropriate to return him to the faculty.
While legal maneuvers in this case will likely continue, I believe this to
be an appropriate ruling that vindicates our defense of academic integrity
at CU-Boulder. From the beginning, we have held that this was not a case
involving free speech, but a case centered in the most fundamental of our
values: academic honesty and truth in scholarship. These are values that
guide our faculty, that we impart to our students, and that the public
expects of us. We stood for them in a court of law, and more importantly, we
must continue to stand for them in our daily work at CU.
In doing so, it is wise to remember that a single professor, no matter how
outspoken or controversial, does not - and cannot - define an entire
university. We are still what we have been since long before Professor
Churchill arrived: a community that is diverse, complex and accomplished.
Indeed, today, we are much more: a community that continues to set its
sights upon redefining the very concept of a public university. Our work is
continuing with renewed purpose, determination and imagination.
I believe what is most important at this juncture is for us to immerse
ourselves in this vision at every level of activity, and rededicate
ourselves to the advancement of our students and our university. We continue
to face a difficult budget predicament nationally and locally. The
challenges of creating a vibrant, relevant and transformative curriculum
remain. Our call to inspire our students amid an uncertain, changing world
is as loud as ever.
So with these challenges before us, let me thank you for your service to the
university, and to our students for their idealism, energy and focus.
Together, we will meet these challenges, and in the process, achieve amazing
things for Colorado, the nation and the world.
Phil DiStefano, Chancellor
University of Colorado at Boulder
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