April 24, 2007

Ward Churchill Receives Last Ditch Support From Professors

Churchill's acolytes, aka "Dune Buggy Attack Battalion", have offered their 11th hour defense of their favorite Indian academic--and call for CU to rescind its report:
A group of professors at the University of Colorado at Boulder is demanding that CU retract the report that forms the basis for the possible firing of professor Ward Churchill.

In an open letter released Monday, seven CU professors and two professors from other institutions said the report - which accused Churchill of academic misconduct and plagiarism - is error-filled, relies on biased information and distorts other information. The group said if the university does not retract the report, it may file charges of research misconduct against the authors of the report.

"We feel that when you're making a report on which a person's job and reputation rests, you should be exceedingly careful about what kind of claims you make," said CU professor Tom Mayer, one of the scholars who signed the letter. "We feel they haven't been exceedingly careful at all, but have been quite sloppy, which is exactly what they accused Churchill of being."
More background here.

PirateBallerina has a copy of the letter that includes their refutations, and a list of the signatories.

The Drunkablog provides more context and a roundup of links.

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