Well ain't today a happy day! Joanne (see blogroll at left) reports that not only did the student win her lawsuit, but the university completely and totally caved. As I said in a comment to that post, though--"Let's not celebrate too much. Diligence, it is said, is the price we must continually pay for our freedoms." Reading that again, I should probably have said continuously, but I'll chalk that mistake up, if it is in fact a mistake, to celebration over the verdict. Here's what's going to happen:
The university agreed to pay Emily Brooker, a May 2006 graduate, $9,000. Officials also said she could attend Missouri State to pursue a master’s degree in social work free of charge for two years — equivalent to about $12,000. In addition, Brooker could receive $3,000 per year in living expenses for two years of graduate education.
MSU also agreed to clear Brooker’s official record of a high-level grievance filed against her by the university’s School of Social Work...
The university learned Oct. 30 about Brooker’s lawsuit and launched an eight-day investigation into her allegations that Frank G. Kauffman, assistant professor of social work for two of Brooker’s required classes, had violated the student’s rights...
After the university’s investigation, Kauffman voluntarily gave up his post as director of the master of social work program and was reassigned to nonclassroom duties.
So the School of Social Work held a kangaroo court for this student, she eventually filed suit, and within two weeks of finding out, the university settles. That in itself tells you how bad it was--and how the lefties in the School of Social Work thought they were free to run roughshod over a student because of her Christian beliefs. Remarkable.
I'll bet that privately, the cockroaches are scurrying to cover up any other improprieties that may now be at risk of seeing the light of day.