The adjunct professor discussed in the previous post has indeed been fired, and the white, male professor who nodded once on the Zoom recording has been placed on leave. From the Georgetown Law Center (my alma mater and former employer) administration:
1. Well that didn’t take long! See? Schools can fire teachers without investigations, if they really want to.
2. Ex-professor Sellers is really slow on the uptake. Why didn’t she resign before she was fired? She’s incompetent even at getting fired!
3. I do not see that GULC had much choice. But it has managed to look as though the Black Law Students Association is pulling its strings. That is unwise, but I’m sure BALSA is thrilled.
4. Wow…Prof. Batson is being punished just for listening, in a private conversation. Maybe he knows Sellers, and knows what she meant. Or he decided that, knowing she is not a racist, he should just let her vent, since the discussion was (he thought) private.
5. Ethics Alarms often discusses the ethical duty to confront. Is Dean Trainor presuming there is such a duty in this kind of situation? Is “bystander responsibility” now an employment requirement? Wouldn’t that be “compelled speech”?
6. What would have happened if the exact same discussion had taken place, except with a black adjunct in the place of Sellers?