Ward Churchill to get walking papers? Maybe. UPDATED: Fired by 8-1 vote. Lawsuit to come

Ward Churchill is no more, at least at the University of Colorado.  Another nut may take his place.  But, for now, Chief Lies-alot is gone for his plagiarism.  And, from the New York Times you can get the leftist lean.

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Things will be coming to a head today as the University of Colorado’s Board of Regents meets to decide the fate of Ward Churchill. 

Supporters of Ward Churchill are calling today “D-Day” in the struggle to defend the embattled University of Colorado professor and free speech on the campus.

Meanwhile, officials on the Boulder campus plan to take extra security measures as the regents hear — behind closed doors — attorneys’ arguments in Churchill’s academic-misconduct case.

“In any event, where feelings run high and opinions are strong, you have to take the appropriate security measures,” said CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard.

The Board of Regents will vote at a public meeting late in the afternoon whether to fire Churchill, a tenured professor, because of plagiarism, fabrication and other violations an investigative panel first reported finding in his work more than a year ago.

There’s been a flurry of posts on Churchill-watching blogs such as Pirate Ballerina, which has been counting down the days until today’s “dismissalooza.” Critics of Churchill say his case is not a political one — but rather an issue of academic integrity and an abuse of tenure, higher-education’s coveted job protection.

CU Says they are “preparing for the worst“.

Hilliard said that as a matter of security, he couldn’t discuss the measures university officials will put in place today, nor could he comment on any changes in the levels of police and security guard staffing.

“We feel good about the level of security that we have,” Hilliard said. “What we have to do is provide safety for the public to express their opinions, and safety for the board to get their business done.”

CU Regent Pat Hayes, chairwoman of the board, said she hopes the day goes smoothly.

“We are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst,” she said. 

The Rocky Mountain News has an article discussing a little of the background on Churchill, minus great detail of most escapades.

He is charged with academic misconduct, ranging from plagiarism to inventing facts and even entire historical episodes. Among the more unusual charges is that Churchill published essays under the names of other people then cited them in his footnotes as independent sources supporting his views.

A faculty investigative committee upheld the charges one year ago. The matter then crawled through an extensive appeals process, with CU President Hank Brown recommending dismissal in May.

The regents will meet today in closed session to hear the charges and Churchill’s response. They will then deliberate in private but vote in public on whether to fire him.

If Churchill is dismissed, his severance pay will be one year’s salary, currently $96,392. It was not immediately clear if he will continue to receive benefits such as health insurance or employer’s contributions to his retirement plan, said CU Vice President Ken McConnellogue. 

Bloggers at Pirate Ballerina will be live-blogging the event, that they have named “Dismissalooza“.

Slapstick Politics has more, including this pic of Churchill and supporters in happier times:

Is that the caliber of Churchill and his supporters, as his bearded friend is telling us.  So, if you don’t support Churchill and his wingnut escapades, you are supposed to render and torture yourself anally?  What a testament! 

Michelle Malkin has more on Churchill here

Sad part is, if he is booted from CU, he will resurface other places.  I noticed a comments on Michelle’s blog from a readers on where he might end up: Living in Venezuela as Propoganda Minister for Hugo Chavez to a cabinet post in a possible Hillary Clinton administration overseeing education. 

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