Indiana University has come under fire for the stance it’s taken following the surfacing of racist, sexist and homophobic tweets written by one of its professors.
Conservative professor, Eric Rasmusen, who is also tenured, placed himself in the line of fire after sharing unsettling views on his private Twitter page such as, “women do not belong in the workplace, particularly not in academia,” “gay men should not be permitted in academia” and “Black students are generally unqualified for attendance at elite institutions,” according to statement written by the university’s Provost Lauren Robel, reports the Washington Post.
Despite these divisive comments, the university says that it will not fire Rasmusen. Conveniently, the school is citing the constitution as the reason behind its decision. Robel noted in her statement that she condemns Rasmusen’s tweets. She also expressed that his views are “stunningly ignorant” and are in alignment with the thoughts of someone who “lived in the 18th century …”
In part, Robel said, “Indiana University has a strong non-discrimination policy, and as an institution adheres to values that are the opposite of Professor Rasmusen’s expressed values. We demand tolerance and respect in the workplace and in the classroom.” In the same breath, opposed to the university taking action against the professor, students have been informed that they will not be forced to take any of Rasmusen’s courses.
“The Kelley School will provide alternatives to Professor Rasmusen’s classes,” the statement also said. Additionally, the professor will be using a double-blind grading system on assignments to ensure that his prejudices are not reflected in his grading.