New inquiry launched into controversial professor’s work
BOULDER ” A new inquiry has been launched into alleged research misconduct by University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill, the Boulder Daily Camera reported Sunday.
Churchill said the allegations have been around for a year and are only being brought up now to drag out the investigation. “I’m not playing any more investigation games. I’m not going to talk to them,” he said.
Churchill has been under investigation by CU’s Standing Committee on Research and Misconduct since October. The investigation was launched after he called some victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks “little Eichmanns” in an online essay.
Committee chairman Joseph Rosse outlined the two new allegations against Churchill in a letter. One involves the “alleged misrepresentation of genocide in El Salvador” in Churchill’s 1997 book, “A Little Matter of Genocide.” The second allegation relates to alleged inaccuracies in Churchill’s 1988 book, “Agents of Repression.”
Churchill said he was wrapping up his response to the “last round of utterly superfluous academic misconduct accusations” when he learned of the new allegations April 13.
Barrie Hartman, CU spokesman, said the findings of the committee’s initial investigation will be released after May 9. The findings could make the latest accusations moot, said Hartman.
Churchill, meanwhile, hasn’t been teaching although he remains a tenured professor of ethnic studies. He has continued to do research.
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