University Refuses to Fire Professor Accused of Saying Black Children Learn Better by Chanting, Singing

Wyatt Myskow
Chronicle of Higher Education

Excerpt: Western Kentucky University’s Board of Regents voted unanimously on Friday not to fire a professor whom students had accused of saying during a class on diversity that brains are wired differently based on race and that African American students learn better by chanting and singing.

Jeanine Huss, a tenured professor in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences who has worked at the university since 2005, was accused of incompetence, according to the student newspaper. But her lawyer argued on Friday, during a special board meeting where her case was heard, that the university was threatening her First Amendment rights and academic freedom, and had failed to properly follow the Faculty Handbook after she filed a grievance when she was suspended.