In Federal Complaint, UIC Law Professor Claims 'Sensitivity Training' Violates His Civil Rights
Education Practice Co-Chair Paul Lannon spoke with the ABA Journal about a University of Illinois Chicago law professor's federal lawsuit where he claims his free speech, equal protection and Fifth Amendment rights have been violated after he was suspended from teaching and directed to attend "sensitivity training" by the university. The professor is accused of engaging in behaviors that made some students of color feel uncomfortable.
The article states that Mr. Lannon acknowledges that faculty facing mandatory training tend to be the most critical of it. He also thinks views have changed about what it means to treat students with respect. According to Mr. Lannon, "Having a good learning environment is the 'core mission' of a school...the majority of faculty embrace diversity training, and it should not be viewed as a punishment."
"This professor alleges he's used the same exam question for 10 years without any objections, and now it's suddenly objectionable. Norms change, standards change, and people can be caught off guard," Mr. Lannon says.