An Appalachian State University professor has become embroiled in controversy after a dispute with the school’s administration concerning her academic freedom and legal rights.
Last spring, ASU sociology professor Jammie Price was placed on paid leave following student complaints that she made racist comments against student athletes and showed an inappropriate documentary that showed pornography.
She was told she would be subject to a two-year professional development plan or risk losing her job.
In October, the ASU faculty grievance committee recommended that Chancellor Kenneth Peacock repeal the sanctions on Price after finding that the restrictions would undermine her academic freedom and that she had not created a hostile learning environment.
But last week, Peacock rejected the committee’s findings.