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Embattled professor faces inquiry

Associated Press
Published September 10, 2005

DENVER - A University of Colorado panel recommended an investigation Friday into allegations of research misconduct involving a professor who triggered national outrage by comparing some Sept. 11 victims to a Nazi.

The faculty committee called for investigating Ward Churchill on seven allegations involving plagiarism, misuse of others' work and falsification and fabrication, interim provost Susan Avery said. The charges could lead to his dismissal.

Churchill wrote an essay comparing some World Trade Center victims to Adolf Eichmann, one of the Nazis who orchestrated the Holocaust. He has refused to retract the statement.

University officials ordered the investigation after they decided that Churchill, a tenured professor of ethnic studies, could not be fired for the remark.

The committee recommended dropping two other allegations, that Churchill falsely claimed to be an American Indian and that he infringed on a copyright.

Churchill said the remaining allegations before the committee might be grounds for a reprimand, but only if the university can show his actions were not common practice.

"I believe I can show it is common practice, and common practice among the professors at the University of Colorado," he said.

The faculty panel, known as the Standing Committee on Research Misconduct, has 30 days to choose three to five members to investigate the charges more fully. That group will have 120 days to complete its inquiry and make recommendations to university officials.

[Last modified September 10, 2005, 01:24:05]

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