Statement from CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano
Today’s decision by the Colorado Supreme Court upholds the high standards of academic integrity practiced every day by our faculty, and helps us to ensure the quality of instruction for all our students. It is vital that what is published and what is taught in the classroom be based on research and scholarship grounded in honest, accepted and time-tested methods. This was always what was at stake in this case for the university, and the winners today are our faculty and students.
Statement from CU President Bruce Benson
The University of Colorado community is pleased that the Colorado Supreme Court unanimously upheld Judge Naves’ rulings entering judgment in the University’s favor. The court determined that it would be wrong for Ward Churchill to return to a CU classroom because, as several CU faculty panels found, he engaged in repeated, flagrant acts of academic misconduct and dishonesty. Because academic integrity is at the core of the University’s mission, today’s ruling is a victory for all CU faculty and students.