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Vandalism Follows Professor's Critique on Ideology

November 5, 2018

Samuel J. Abrams, a professor at Sarah Lawrence College, had his office door vandalized after he wrote an essay in The New York Times saying that student affairs officials at colleges nationwide are disproportionately liberal. Abrams confirmed to Inside Higher Ed an account published in Reason about what happened and the president's response. According to Abrams, Cristle Collins Judd, the president, told him on the phone that he was "attacking" members of the Sarah Lawrence "community." (The piece by Abrams started with an anecdote about Sarah Lawrence, but was about national trends.) Abrams also said that Judd suggested he may be on the job market, which he interpreted as a suggestion that he should be (he's not). Abrams said that the college should be taking a strong, public position defending his right to express his views.

A spokeswoman for the college said via email to Inside Higher Ed that "we are addressing this situation internally."

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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