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Linfield Cuts Off Mass Faculty Emails Amid Controversy

April 27, 2021 / PSU-AAUP

Inside Higher Ed

by Colleen Flaherty

April 27, 2021


Linfield University canceled faculty Listservs over the weekend, sparking faculty cries of censorship. Several professors have of late used mass emails or publicly criticized the university for what they describe as Linfield’s poor handling of several sexual misconduct complaints involving members of the Board of Trustees. One faculty trustee also accused board members of anti-Semitism, and the arts and sciences faculty voted overwhelmingly that it has no confidence in President Miles Davis or David Baca, board chair. Linfield has pushed back on this criticism, saying it investigated the most recent complaints in question and no university policies were found to have been violated. The board’s executive committee has repeatedly expressed its confidence in Davis and Baca, and the board is poised to vote at its next meeting to eliminate the voting faculty trustee seat and add nonvoting faculty members.

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