A presidential reprimand, resulting from public protest of my opposing war and militarism, wrapped in the guise of improper rhetoric in an e-mail, was placed in my file on December 23, 2002. At the time, former St Xavier University President Richard Yanikoski required that I sign a letter, that HE wrote, accepting the reprimand. I declined to do so. He was insistent that such a letter of acceptance be written.
I contacted both AAUP and FIRE and they advised me not to do that and to inform the president that I would sign a letter of acknowledgement of the reprimand but NOT an acceptance. After consulting university attorneys, he agreed to my suggestion and this was placed in the same envelope as the reprimand. I also negotiated an apparent initial desire to maintain indefinitely this reprimand in my file, to a three-year sunset provision. I wanted no written reprimand; the president stated there would a written reprimand; I countered with one year; the president said three years.
So yesterday, December 22, 2005, the reprimand was removed a day earlier, I am ironically pleased to emphasise, since the university will be closed until after Christmas. I will have more to say on this later.
ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND RESIST WAR! IF YOU STAND FOR NOTHING, YOU WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING!!!!!