The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) administration is allegedly trying to sack an outspoken conservative professor for his resistance to political correctness.
Keith Fink, a UCLA professor who teaches classes on entertainment law and free speech, fears the university could an upcoming professional review to help push him out of the institution.
Fink has previously caused waves on campus by refusing to embrace trigger warnings and safe spaces, prompting the university to block some students from taking his classes.
University policy dictates that every lecturer must undergo a periodic “Excellence Review” to judge their performance.
If a panel of senior faculty members decide the professor doesn’t meet the excellence standards, they are forced to leave the position.
According to the emails acquired by the Wire, the officials have reprimanded Fink for incorrect admin in soliciting statements from students to support his teaching – a charge Fink denies.
He also claims the department ignoring his nominees for students to contact and using a different list, purposefully skipping one which praised him particularly strongly. Only when he noticed that the document was missing, the department fixed the allegedly accidental mistake.
The student who wrote the letter told the site: “No reasonable person would believe that my letter was ‘accidentally’ omitted from the dossier, because presumably it flatly contradicts the department’s narrative,” the student said.
“They asked me what my honest opinion was, and I spent hours articulating how Professor Fink is an excellent instructor and explaining the impact he has had on my life. It infuriates me to hear they attempted to (by accident or by malice) discard my opinion simply because it contradicts their mission.”
The UCLA administration also solicited a number of negative letters from students, which the professor believes are exaggerated.
One allegedly accuses him of using racial slurs – without the context that he was teaching a class on the First Amendment and whether they were protected.
Fink told the Wire: “The way the system is, this is the easiest way for them to get rid of me. This is the perfect storm.”
Heat Street has contacted UCLA for a comment, but has yet to receive a response.