Calif. Professor Convicted in Staged Hate Crime Case

August 20, 2004

  • August 23, 2004 at 12:41 pm
    Dave says:
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    A maximum sentence of 3.5 years seems exceptionally light, especially when it is all but a given a CA judge will tend to give the low end of the sentencing guidelines.

  • August 23, 2004 at 1:01 am
    Compman says:
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    Sure the insurance fraud in this case is highlighted, which since this magazine is about insurance, but the real disturbing picture I see is this so called “Professor”, went to such an extent to incite racial and anti-semetic behaviour and in the college setting, this is supposed to be the place of diversity and understanding. What is happening to our educational society? It is being run by a bunch of losers and we cannot get rid of them because they have “tenure”. As far as I am concerned, tenure should be taken away in the next round of bargaining. It does nothing to promote new innovations and allows these Professors to sit back and do nothing or preach their own agendas without any regard to the quality of education in our colleges. Maybe if they could lose their jobs for such irresponsible behaviour, we would see a renewed sense of awareness at the university level.

  • August 23, 2004 at 1:14 am
    A Different Dave says:
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    This professor was a nut case and justice was properly served. The media attention it got was not as fair. When it “occured”, the media rushed to the story and painted a picture that racism and class issues are rampant in our world and this is but a sample of what minorities face each day. When she turned out to be a fraud, the attention waned to nothing. The conviction is not being mentioned in local tv and radio and is only being given scant notice in print. The damage has been done in the publics minds and I shudder to think of when the next riots occur over the next Rodney King type incident.

  • August 28, 2004 at 4:30 am
    jingles says:
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    Dunn never had tenure at the college; she was working as an adjunct.
    I will agree with you that tenure is not beneficial in all circumstances. With that being said though, I do believe, overall, that tenure is beneficial to both universities and professors. Tenure is a demonstrable sign that a university is committed to the professor and that professor’s research. Many professors still remain committed to teaching and are much loved by their students. It is not a perfect system, but I would venture the argument that it is a system that does work. Furthermore, universities do retain the right to fire those tenured professors who do not adhere to required academic standards or protocol. Myth? No? How do I know? I have sat on committees that have, unfortunately, needed to review the academic merit of tenured professors. And yes, I have voted to sever tenure. And yes, tenured professors have lost their postions. Universities have a reputation to maintain and it is unfortunate that there are a few rotten apples that spoil the bunch.



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