Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Widener law professor Lawrence Connell has been placed on administrative leave as a result of student allegations that he engaged in "cursing and coarse behavior", made "racist and sexist statements" and offered hypotheticals featuring "violent, personal scenarios that demean and threaten" colleagues. One repeated victim featured in the professor's Criminal Law murder hypos? Dean Linda Ammons. Professor Connell is demanding a public hearing.
All of these are allegations of course. Assuming that they prove true, it seems that complaints about the hypos tread pretty close to legitimate academic freedom issues. Assuming the other claims are established, however, the school may be on somewhat stronger footing. More details are here.