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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

After 'Disparaging' Comments About Black Students, Amy Wax Barred From Teaching 1L Course At Penn

Penn (2017)Folowing up on my previous posts (links below):  Daily Pennsylvanian, After 'Disparaging' Comments on Black Students, Amy Wax Barred From Teaching First-Year Course:

For the first time since Penn Law professor Amy Wax made headlines last year for controversial comments on race and free speech, the University that employs her has responded with action.

Penn Law Dean Ted Ruger announced on Mar. 13 that Amy Wax would no longer be allowed to teach a mandatory first-year course. This comes days after students and alumni responded with outrage to a video of Wax saying she's never seen a black Penn Law student graduate in the top quarter of their class. Earlier this week, an online petition was launched calling on Ruger to take action against Wax for her comments.

Ruger responded publicly for the first time in an email where he defended Wax's right to free speech but stated that she had violated policy by mentioning students' grades.

"As a scholar she is free to advocate her views, no matter how dramatically those views diverge from our institutional ethos and our considered practices," Ruger wrote. "As a teacher, however, she is not free to transgress the policy that student grades are confidential, or to use her access to those Penn Law students who are required to be in her class to further her scholarly ends without students’ permission."

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What confidentiality??! She didn't reveal any individual grades, so what's the problem?

Posted by: sestamibi | Mar 15, 2018 8:20:58 PM

Wax is wrong, but by retaliating against her instead of refuting her, Penn is simply making her stronger

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Mar 15, 2018 6:32:24 AM

Thank you Abe!

Posted by: Dale Spradling | Mar 15, 2018 6:11:17 AM

If you like taxation, consider being a CPA. From what I read on Paul Caron's sensational website about what transpires in law school, I think you should just avoid law school and get that CPA and help out clients! That should keep you busy. CPAs tend to be more sane.

Posted by: Abe Carnow | Mar 14, 2018 5:21:41 PM

I'm old enough to remember the advice "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me".

Posted by: AMTbuff | Mar 14, 2018 12:38:00 PM