Wife of embattled professor resigns CU post | SummitDaily.com

Wife of embattled professor resigns CU post

DENVER ” Natsu Saito, wife of embattled University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill, has resigned her tenured teaching position at the school but said she and her husband have no plans to leave Boulder.

Saito said Tuesday she will resume teaching at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, where she has been on the faculty since 1994. She has been on leave from Georgia State since January 2004 while teaching ethnic studies at CU.

Saito said she would commute to Atlanta to teach at the Georgia State law school.

Saito’s resignation, first reported in the Boulder Daily Camera, comes as her husband is under investigation on allegations of research misconduct, including plagiarism. A faculty committee was expected to release an investigative report on the allegations as early as Tuesday.

Saito said her decision to resign was not prompted by the pending report.

Churchill, a tenured professor of ethnic studies, angered many people with an essay comparing some Sept. 11 victims to a Nazi. University officials determined he could not be fired for the comments but launched an investigation into the allegations about his research.

If the committee upholds the allegations, Churchill could be disciplined or fired. Churchill has denied wrongdoing and has said he would sue if he is dismissed.

The university was not expected to announce a decision on Churchill’s decision at least until next month.

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