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12-17-2015, 02:40 AM
Arkansas law prof. faces retaliation for studying race-based admissions policies

The professor is accused of violating a safe space by studying effects of racial admissions policies.

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock law professor claims that he faced retaliation from colleagues for trying to compel the university to release information on its admissions policies.

Prof. Robert Steinbuch, a professor at the university’s Bowen School of Law, filed a lawsuit against the administration in November after being provided with heavily redacted admissions data in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, and is now alleging that two of his fellow professors have engaged in retaliatory behavior toward him in an effort to discourage his research into whether race-based admissions policies represent a disservice to minority students.

Steinbuch told Campus Reform that although the school had provided him with the full data sets on two prior occasions, law school Dean Michael Schwartz responded to his latest request by redacting information on race, LSAT scores, and undergraduate GPA.

“They took out essentially all of the relevant information,” he said.

Shortly after he filed his original complaint, Steinbuch alleges that two of his fellow professors sent an email to Schwartz and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Theresa Beiner complaining that Steinbuch’s lawsuit could be “distressing” to students.

According to the amended complaint, a copy of which Steinbuch provided to Campus Reform, Professors Adjoa Aiyetoro and Sarah Jenkins “made multiple false allegations about [Steinbuch’s] grading policies and perspective,” as well as his “perceived or alleged bias.”

The document makes a specific point of mentioning one portion of the email from Prof. Jenkins, in which she asserts that “students of color have read the complaint and are very distressed,” and suggests that Steinbuch cannot be trusted to fairly grade minority students in his classes because of his lawsuit.

“Aiyetoro and Jenkins wrote to the Dean saying that because of the complaint, I shouldn’t be able to give out exams or grades in his class,” Steinbuch explained. “They state that because of the lawsuit, I should be limited in my grading abilities.”

Schwartz brought the professors’ emails to the attention of Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dr. Zulma Toro-Ramos, passing along the recommendation that she investigate the allegations, but recusing himself from the matter because of his status as a defendant in the pending lawsuit.

Steinbuch, who was copied to the email, followed up with an email to Dr. Toro “stating that Profs. Aiyetoro and Jenkins’ claims were baseless, demonstrated their lack of understanding of even which classes [Steinbuch] teaches and his grading policies therein, and were nothing more than slanderous and race-baiting efforts to impugn [his] character.”

Nonetheless, Dr. Toro responded a week later with an email requesting that Steinbuch come in for a non-disciplinary meeting to discuss “concerns about your grading policy,” advising him that he would not be allowed to bring his lawyer to the meeting because the situation in question “is not the subject of your lawsuit.”

In his amended complaint, Steinbuch protests that “Dr. Toro impliedly concedes that the meeting, outside the presence of [Steinbuch’s] attorney, would be improper if it were related to the suit, then continues by stating that she is going to investigate the bald-faced, baseless allegations made by Profs. Aiyetoro and Jenkins … even though those allegations were made in emails that literally referenced the lawsuit in the first sentence.”

As a representative of the university, which is a named defendant in Steinbuch’s original complaint, he contends that Dr. Toro’s request for a private meeting was not just inappropriate, but part of a pattern of behavior that amounts to retaliation against him for filing his original lawsuit.

Steinbuch told Campus Reform that Aiyetoro and Jenkins “have a history at the law school of acting like ‘race police’,” and said he is unwilling to tolerate their efforts to shut down discussion of sensitive topics that might conflict with their perspectives.

“You have no right not to be offended, and what baffles me is that these are law professors, who blanket themselves routinely in the First Amendment, but now they throw that away,” he complained. “To me, this is quite clearly race-baiting and this is unfortunately the latest response by the Left whenever there is even a wish of a discussion about issues on admissions or otherwise relating to race.

“And the problem is, too often, we have systems in admissions programs at public universities in which all sorts of race considerations are undertaken, but there’s not a willingness to discuss them,” he continued, “and when someone like me merely raises an inquiry into the data, the race-baiting comes out as an attempt to intimidate people like me and quash a legitimate, open, fair discussion of the topic.”

Steinbuch described his research as being “quite simple,” saying that he merely examines the relationship between applicants’ scores and their eventual performance on the bar exam in an effort to explain why African American law students have consistently failed the bar at roughly twice the rate of their white peers.

“For six or seven years, African Americans failed the bar twice as often as whites, and we know that this is not a function of their race, but of differing admissions standards,” Steinbuch said. “Nobody wants to have this discussion, and when people like me try to have this discussion, the race-baiting comes out. I will not tolerate it, and I will call it what it is.”

Campus Reform reached out to Aiyetoro, Jenkins, and Toro for comment, but none of them responded by press time.

Dan D. Doty
12-17-2015, 10:31 AM
PC run amok.

This gotten so bad that people can't even talk about anything now on colleges campuses without some Moonbat throwing a massive hissy fit ; reality, truth and free thought and free speech have become the enemies of the SJW.

12-17-2015, 11:57 AM
I almost wish I was back in college, I'd have
a blast pissing people off. :cool:

12-17-2015, 12:01 PM
I almost wish I was back in college, I'd have
a blast pissing people off. :cool:

I'm ready! Meet you on the quad!

12-17-2015, 12:31 PM
PC run amok.

This gotten so bad that people can't even talk about anything now on colleges campuses without some Moonbat throwing a massive hissy fit ; reality, truth and free thought and free speech have become the enemies of the SJW.

Free speech on college campuses you say?

Yale fail: Ivy leaguers sign 'petition' to repeal First Amendment

“I decided to take this campus free speech debate to its logical conclusion,” said Horowitz, who asked students if they’d sign a petition calling for an outright repeal of the First Amendment. “The result was this unbelievable display of total stupidity.”

In fact, Horowitz discovered a solid majority of the students asked willingly signed the petition, with several expressing their enthusiastic approval for his anti-First Amendment efforts.

“I think it’s really awesome that you’re out here,” said one student.

Watch the video to find out just how many supported the petition, and how willing many students were to sign away their more basic rights of free speech and expression.

12-17-2015, 05:56 PM
There is a much darker side to all this and if the professor carries on, he too will experience it.
This sort of thing was happening in the old USSR when people went against the status quo. They were first criticised by their peers, then told to stop, then lost their jobs and were ostracised . . . if they carried on eventually they were certified insane, or exiled, or jailed. The reasoning behind this was that if someone lived in a perfect society, they must be crazy to criticise it.

This stance is now being adapted in the west, although not to the full extent. In Sweden it’s an offence to criticise immigration, in the UK terrorism must not be linked to Muslims and causing offence to a minority group is a criminal offence; in America the ‘N’ word is banned for one group, but not for another . . .

As a professional throughout the west, if someone is accused of minority offences such as racism, homophobia, sexism or a host of others, whether true or not, their career is going to come to a sudden end. I have a feeling that unless this particular professor doesn’t apologise quickly and allows himself to be 'purged', (now there’s a term we’ve all heard before elsewhere), the same will happen to him.