Commentary: Firing of Princeton University Professor Raises Questions Over Free Expression and Due Process

PEN America Press Release

Excerpt: PEN America responded to the decision by Princeton University to fire classics Professor Joshua Katz with the statement below from CEO Suzanne Nossel:

“Princeton University’s decision to fire classics professor Joshua Katz, in the aftermath of Katz’s controversial but protected speech in an op-ed, raises serious questions about free expression and due process on Princeton’s campus. Investigations of Katz by Princeton’s administration and by The Daily Princetonian revealed major policy violations . . ., some of which form the official grounds for Katz’s termination. Crucially, however, many of these allegations were already known to administrators and had already been adjudicated by the university some years ago, with resulting disciplinary action against Katz. If Katz deserved to be fired for violations of Princeton’s policies, such action should have taken place at that time.”