Gallaudet bills itself as the only university in the world with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students. The school was chartered by Congress in 1864, the act signed by President Abraham Lincoln, and to this day the University receives the bulk of its funding from taxpayers.
The august leaders of todays higher education should be as alarmed at Ms. McCaskills treatment as coal miners are of finding their pet canary dead in its cage.
Still, President Hurwitz carries on, confident that a resolution of this matter can be reached, hazarding that it will require that she and the university community work together to respond to the concerns that have been raised. Since McCaskill has retained an attorney, the more likely resolution is a large lump sum settlement for violating her civil rights.
This controversy has had one positive effect: both sides of the contentious same-sex marriage issue have united to condemn the action of Gallaudet University and to call for Dr. Angela McCaskill to be re-instated at once. references & links
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