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Campus Ban, Meth and an Outspoken Professor

January 31, 2019

An unusual dispute between the University of Idaho and a tenured professor got more intense this week. The university announced Wednesday that Denise Bennett, a journalism professor, has been banned from campus, saying that she has admitted to methamphetamine use and access to weapons, The Spokesman-Review reported. Bennett could not be reached, in part because her university email account has been disconnected. But she has been issuing statements in recent days, such as the YouTube video below, in which she says that the university is taking action against her because she has been a whistle-blower about what she considers misuse of grant funds. Some students have started a petition drive to demand her reinstatement.

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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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