Boulder Pays Philosophy Professor to Quit

May 13, 2015

The University of Colorado at Boulder has abandoned plans to fire a tenured philosophy professor and is instead paying him $160,000 plus legal expenses to quit, The Boulder Daily Camera reported. The professor is David Barnett and he was accused of retaliating against a female graduate student who said she was sexually assaulted by a male graduate student -- a charge that Barnett has repeatedly denied. Colorado's philosophy department has faced numerous allegations (and findings) of a hostile or harassing environment against some female graduate students and professors. While there has been widespread criticism of some of the sexist conduct found in the department, many philosophers have questioned the move against Barnett and whether there was sufficient evidence to fire him.

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