Former Professor Goes on Hunger Strike

October 12, 2016

A former statistics and business instructor at Holy Names University says he's gone on a hunger strike to protest the institution's lawsuit against him. Hector Saez, the professor, says his website, HNUFails.us, contains information that is critical of the university but accurate. It portrays Holy Names as having "low expectations" for students and poor working conditions for adjunct faculty members. Most of the information seems to be gleaned from public records, such as the university's legal history and various student success metrics. It also includes testimony from former students. Saez says the university claims the website's contents are false and defamatory.

Saez was fired from Holy Names in 2014 after an incident with a student; he says he was defending himself from a threat and that the university took the opportunity to retaliate against him. He says he prevailed in an earlier complaint against the university related to his termination. “Everything in HNUfails.us is information that comes from student testimony, minutes from faculty meetings, other websites and from data published by sources such as the U.S. Education Department. The rest is our very carefully and factually based opinion,” Saez said in a statement. “It is free speech, protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.” University officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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