4.1.19

NO FISHING OFF THE COMPANY PIER.

But this case happened at Marquette University, so unleash the hounds of hell!  "A Marquette University Law School professor who might otherwise weigh in as an expert on such issues has been suspended over allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a student."

Marquette have a track record of administrative arbitrariness, and recently reinstated political scientist John "Marquette Warrior" McAdams is on the story.  Law professor Paul Secunda was apparently in some sort of negotiations with a provost who recently resigned, he was then exiled before final examinations were over.  Professor Mc Adams notes, "This is rather remarkable, since this completely messes up the final exam and the assignment of grades. When Marquette suspended us in December 2014, they waited until the afternoon after we had posted all the final grades before noon that day."

The problem, though, is that there's something Kafkaesque (or perhaps somebody found a passage in the Index that had previously thought to have disappeared with Griffon that applied) about the administration suddenly discovering moral turpitude.
We think Marquette, as a (supposedly) Catholic university has a right to say that all sex outside of marriage is immoral and dishonorable.

But Marquette can’t, all of a sudden, decide it is going to take this position, when it has never said so explicitly. In fact, Marquette has acted very differently. It has explicitly condoned homosexual sex, and provided benefits for gay “domestic partners.”

We know of at least one case in Political Science of a professor (now long gone from Marquette) cohabiting with a graduate student. Nobody made an issue of it. There have to be many similar cases in other departments.

Given that the language of the Faculty Statutes must be interpreted narrowly, Secunda can only be fired if his value has been “substantially impaired.” In today’s lax moral climate, we doubt that any mere consensual sexual relationship meets that standard.

But maybe there was more to it than that.
Or not.  "Marquette declined to discuss details of the case. Secunda issued a statement that said in part, 'I cannot stand by idly in the face of what I believe to be an injustice. I have confidence in the process Marquette and the faculty have established to protect tenured professors in these circumstances, and believe I will clear my name at the end.'"

We'll be watching, to see if Pajamas Media or The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education or the American Association of University Professors intervene.

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