Glendale Community College: Professor Sanctioned for Sending E-Mail

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Glendale Community College

After a months-long campaign led by FIRE, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) reached a settlement with Professor Walter Kehowski, allowing him to return to teaching classes. Kehowski was placed on forced administrative leave and faced possible termination because he e-mailed George Washington’s Thanksgiving address to the MCCCD community. Kehowski found the address on Pat Buchanan’s website and linked to the site, where Buchanan also discussed his views on immigration and other topics, in the e-mail. Some MCCCD employees were offended, and Kehowski was charged with violating district policies. However, in the end, Kehowski was vindicated in his settlement with the school.

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    August 9, 2013

    by Alan Sears Townhall.com Walter Kehowski feels a lot more like celebrating the Fourth of July, now that Thanksgiving is finally behind him. As a math professor, Mr. Kehowski has a pretty keen instinct for things that don’t add up—including a tendency among many of his fellow citizens to divide their celebrations of freedom from any appreciation of the One Who gave us that freedom in the first place. His eye for irony has multiplied his enemies … and very nearly subtracted him from his job. Kehowski teaches at a community college in Glendale, Arizona. Last fall, on the day […]

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  • Quick Takes: Glendale settles e-mail dispute

    June 26, 2007

    Glendale Community College, in Arizona, has agreed that Walter Kehowski can keep his job teaching mathematics. Kehowski was placed on leave and was threatened with dismissal because of a Thanksgiving e-mail message he sent, linking to George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789, which Kehowski found on Pat Buchanan’s Web site. Those links prompted complaints from some professors and disciplinary action against Kehowski. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which backed Kehowski, issued a statement calling his right to return to teaching a victory for free speech. The Maricopa Community College District, of which Glendale is part, issued its own […]

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  • Professor who sent controversial links via e-mails will keep his job

    June 23, 2007

    A Maricopa Community Colleges math professor who was threatened with termination for sending college employees an e-mail linking to a conservative Web site will keep his job. College officials Friday announced Friday a settlement with Walter Kehowski, who made national headlines this year after he was placed on administrative leave for sending the e-mail linking to politician Pat Buchanan’s Web site and a transcript of a Thanksgiving proclamation by George Washington. Under the terms of the agreement, the college will allow Kehowski to return to the classroom in the fall. His use of the district e-mail system will be restricted. […]

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  • Professor faces possible termination over e-mail

    May 11, 2007

    An e-mail sent six months ago by a Glendale Community College professor to employees of the college district could cost him his job. Math professor Walter Kehowski is facing possible termination because the district says he violated policy, which bans using district e-mail for private or personal matters. But the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a national free-speech group, says it’s much more than that. The November 22nd e-mail, besides including a transcript of George Washington’s Thanksgiving proclamation, contained a link to the Web site of conservative commentator Pat Buchanan. And the Foundation for Individual Rights says Kehowski is […]

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  • Academic twilight zone

    May 11, 2007

    More than forty years ago, writer Rod Serling introduced “The Twilight Zone” to American television. The show became a classic and the phrase entered the American lexicon. Mr. Serling’s view was fiction but, in 2007, it appears we’re living in the twilight zone. In 1962, when the show was introduced, could anyone have believed that a college professor would be fired for wishing his colleagues a “Happy Thanksgiving” and sending out George Washington’s “Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of 1789?” Yet in the twilight zone of political correctness, that is exactly what happened to Walter Kehowski, professor of mathematics at Maricopa County […]

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  • Glendale prof faces possible termination over e-mail

    May 8, 2007

    A professor at Glendale Community College who sent an e-mail to district employees that contained a link to Pat Buchanan’s Web site and a transcript of a George Washington Thanksgiving proclamation is now facing possible termination. Math Professor Walter Kehowski was placed on paid leave from his job. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a national free-speech group, has taken up his cause and is asking the Maricopa County Community College District to exonerate him. Greg Lukianoff, president of the Philadelphia-based group, said Kehowski is being targeted because of the e-mail, sent Nov. 22, with the 1789 proclamation and […]

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  • Community college professor could be fired over e-mail

    May 8, 2007

    A Maricopa Community Colleges professor could be fired after he sent an e-mail to district employees that contained a link to Pat Buchanan’s Web site and a transcript of a George Washington Thanksgiving proclamation. Math Professor Walter Kehowski, who has sent controversial e-mails in the past, was placed on paid leave from his job at Glendale Community College. A national free-speech group, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, has taken up his cause and is asking the Maricopa County Community College District to exonerate him. Greg Lukianoff, president of the Philadelphia-based group, said Kehowski is being targeted because of the […]

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  • A costly Thanksgiving message

    May 8, 2007

    Just before last Thanksgiving, Walter Kehowski decided to share some wishes with his colleagues at Glendale Community College. The tenured mathematics professor used a faculty announcement e-mail list to send George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789. The e-mail that Kehowski sent also indicated his source: the blog of Pat Buchanan. That e-mail could end up costing Kehowski his job, according to documents released Monday by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which is now advising Kehwoski. According to those documents, five employees in the Maricopa Community College District — of which Glendale is a part — filed complaints against […]

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  • Professor forced out for citing George Washington

    May 7, 2007

    A tenured college professor is set to be fired for simply sending out an e-mail to colleagues containing George Washington’s “Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of 1798.” Already professor Walter Kehowski at Glendale Community College in Arizona has been placed on forced administrative leave and the school’s chief has recommended his termination. “It simply boggles the mind that a professor could find himself facing termination simply for e-mailing the Thanksgiving address of our first president,” said Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). On Nov. 22, 2006, the day before Thanksgiving, Kehowski, a professor in mathematics in […]

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  • Campus Alert: ‘Hostile’ George Washington

    May 7, 2007

    Walter Kehowski, a math professor at Glendale Community College in Arizona’s Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), wishes he’d never e-mailed his fellow employees Thanksgiving greetings last November. While reading a Web log, Kehowski found George Washington’s “Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of 1789” and decided to send it along to the Maricopa community the day before Thanksgiving, 2006. Using an e-mail address commonly used to send out announcements, Kehowski e-mailed the text of the proclamation – and a link to the Web page on which hed found it . . . on Pat Buchanan’s site. Within weeks, five employees filed harassment […]

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  • This Month in FIRE History: Professor Kehowski Punished for E-Mailing George Washington’s Thanksgiving Address

    May 28, 2010

    As you may have seen on The Torch this week and last, we have been covering the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Rodriguez v. Maricopa County Community College District, which is an exciting affirmation of the court’s commitment to protecting the First Amendment on campus. The case began with e-mails sent by Glendale Community College Professor Walter Kehowski in 2004 that some of the district’s employees found offensive. As Will mentioned last week, FIRE actually defended Kehowski in a similar case in May 2007. He had been put on administrative leave for e-mailing a Thanksgiving message to his colleagues. On the day before Thanksgiving, Professor […]

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  • Victory for Free Speech at Glendale Community College

    June 25, 2007

    PHOENIX, Ariz., June 25, 2007—After a months-long campaign led by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) has reached a settlement with Professor Walter Kehowski, allowing him to return to teaching classes in the fall. In March, Kehowski was placed on forced administrative leave and faced possible termination because he e-mailed George Washington’s Thanksgiving address to the MCCCD community last November. Kehowski found the address on Pat Buchanan’s website and linked to the site, where Buchanan also discussed his views on immigration and other topics, in the e-mail. Some MCCCD employees were […]

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  • Find the square root of our free speech

    May 17, 2007

    Walter Kehowski may be the most annoying, politically extreme professor in the entire Maricopa County Community College District. Which is exactly why they should not fire him. Kehowski has been on paid administrative leave since early March. He is a mathematics professor at Glendale Community College. In November, he sent out an e-mail that contained George Washington’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation from 1789. Kehowski used his GCC computer and sent the e-mail to all district employees on a site designated for “announcements.” The e-mail contained a link to conservative commentator Pat Buchanan’s Web site, which features his strident views on immigration […]

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  • Professor faces possible termination over e-mail

    May 11, 2007

    An e-mail sent six months ago by a Glendale Community College professor to employees of the college district could cost him his job. Math professor Walter Kehowski is facing possible termination because the district says he violated policy, which bans using district e-mail for private or personal matters. But the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a national free-speech group, says it’s much more than that. The November 22nd e-mail, besides including a transcript of George Washington’s Thanksgiving proclamation, contained a link to the Web site of conservative commentator Pat Buchanan. And the Foundation for Individual Rights says Kehowski is […]

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  • FIRE Letter to MCCCD Chancellor Rufus Glasper, April 25, 2007

    April 25, 2007

    April 25, 2007 Chancellor Rufus Glasper Maricopa County Community College District 2411 West 14th Street Tempe, Arizona 85281 Sent via U.S. Mail and Facsimile (480-731-8120) Dear Chancellor Glasper: As you can see from the list of our Directors and Board of Advisors, FIRE unites leaders in the fields of civil rights and civil liberties, scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals across the political and ideological spectrum on behalf of liberty, legal equality, academic freedom, due process, and freedom of speech on America’s college campuses. Our website, www.thefire-dev.wp.eresources.ws, will give you a greater sense of our identity and activities. FIRE is gravely […]

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