This sort of plain-spoken statement seems to becoming a more common response to complaints about faculty who express themselves offensively, and my understanding is that this is now the recommended course of action by the AAU, as it has been by the AAUP since McCarthyism if not earlier. In my view it’s a much more sensible approach than pursuing disciplinary actions, as UO did against Prof Shurtz. And it has the added benefit of using the First Amendment for its intended purpose – promoting open discussion no matter how repugnant to those with power – rather than violating it.
From InsideHigherEd here:
Indiana University at Bloomington will not terminate Eric Rasmusen, professor of business economics and public policy, for the “stunningly ignorant” views he expressed on social media. So said Provost Lauren Robel this week amid calls that Rasmusen be fired.
Rasmusen “has, for many years, used his private social media accounts to disseminate his racist, sexist and homophobic views,” Robel wrote in a statement. “When I label his views in this way, let me note that the labels are not a close call, nor do his posts require careful parsing to reach these conclusions.”
‘Not a Close Call’
At the same time, “We cannot, nor would we, fire Professor Rasmusen for his posts as a private citizen, as vile and stupid as they are, because the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution forbids us to do so,” Robel said. That’s “not a close call,” either.