Elliot Cramer said he’s out of options.
After months of attempting to regain access to his University email account and website, the former psychology professor and former adviser for UNC’s branch of Youth for Western Civilization said he plans to take legal action.
Cramer, who retired in 1994, said he plans to file an ethics complaint against the University’s general counsel Leslie Strohm in response to the removal of his network privileges, saying she falsely accused him of violating UNC’s network acceptable use policy and reading his emails for months without his knowledge.
He also said he plans to file a lawsuit against Strohm, Chancellor Holden Thorp and the University within the month for violating his First Amendment rights.
“It is a sad day when the chancellor of the University of North Carolina sanctions the invasion of privacy and violation of free speech rights of a retired professor,” he said in an email.
But administrators said Cramer involved the UNC network in a personal dispute, exhausting University resources. That is sufficient grounds for revocation of network rights, Strohm wrote in a June letter to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
In a meeting of the Faculty Council on Friday, Cramer stood and expressed his grievances to the full body.
Thorp responded by saying that all UNC correspondence is public record unless it contains legally protected information.
“I think we’ve done a good job trying to satisfy this,” Thorp told Cramer.