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UT Dallas Investigates Professor for Comments on LGBTQ People

July 20, 2022

The University of Texas at Dallas is investigating a professor who has called LGBTQ identity a “medical disorder” and suggested that doctors may find a cure for it.

The university said in a statement on Twitter that it had received “several complaints” about a comment made by a faculty member. While the investigation is going on, the university is opening up other sections of the course that the professor teaches “to provide more options for students.” In addition, it said “the statements by this individual do not reflect the core values of our institution.”

The university did not identify the professor.

But WFAA News said the university’s Rainbow Coalition identified the faculty member as Timothy P. Farage, a professor in the Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, who it said “has a long, well-documented history of hostility on LGBTQ+ issues.”

Farage told WFAA, “I have nothing against homosexuals. I just was suggesting we try to find a cure.”

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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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