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The FIRE: St. Joseph's U violated academic freedom of Prof. Greg Manco

Added 02-23-21 09:38:01pm EST - “"SJU's investigation into Manco['s tweets] violates the university's public promises to respect freedom of expression and academic freedom. We call on SJU to rescind Manco's suspension, cease its investigation, and reassure its faculty…” - Legalinsurrection.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Legalinsurrection.com: “The FIRE: St. Joseph's U violated academic freedom of Prof. Greg Manco”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

“SJU’s investigation into Manco[‘s tweets] violates the university’s public promises to respect freedom of expression and academic freedom. We call on SJU to rescind Manco’s suspension, cease its investigation, and reassure its faculty that it remains committed to the rights it promises to them.”

On Sunday night, February 21, 2021, we called attention to an emerging cancel culture case involving the targeting of Math Professor Greg Manco, of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.

We detailed Manco’s targetting by as-yet anonymous Twitter and social media accounts complaining about a small number of tweets from Manco’s pseudonymous account — so they doxxed him and then sent the tweets to St. Joseph’s twitter account which promised quick action. See this post for the details, Saint Joseph’s U Math Prof. Gregory Manco Targeted For Cancellation Over Tweet Opposing Reparations.

Manco immediately was put on paid leave, and is not permitted to teach his class pending investigation. This immediate action is completely out of proportion to the content of the tweets, which did not threaten any violence or anything else that reasonably could be perceived as posing a threat to campus safety such that Manco was not permitted to continue teaching his class.

But it gets worse, there appears to be an effort to expand the claims against Manco beyond the tweets. This is the tactic used against University of Central Florida (now fired) Professor Charles Negy, where the activists trying to get him fired and the university itself enouraged complaints about Negy’s classroom conduct. UCF, knowing it couldn’t fire Negy for his tweets, then used the pretext of (the new) complaints about classroom and other non-tweeting conduct to fire him.

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