Facing lawsuit, Hamline suddenly discovers its commitment to academic freedom

Sabrina Conza, Graham Piro
Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression

Excerpt: Facing heightened criticism, a Board of Trustees investigation, and now a lawsuit, Hamline University reversed course on Tuesday, claiming the university has been committed to academic freedom all along. The about-face comes after the university doubled and tripled down over the past month on its dismissal of Erika López Prater for displaying a 14th century painting depicting the Prophet Muhammad in her art history course.

After standing firm despite pushback from across the globe for its actions, López Prater’s lawsuit seems to have prompted the small liberal arts college in Minnesota to finally relent. Hamline claimed in a media statement that “language was used that does not reflect our sentiments on academic freedom.” (Note the university’s use of passive voice. Who used the regrettable language, Hamline?)