University of Oregon Suddenly Drops ASL Professor after Remark in Class; FIRE Intervenes
FIRE has asked the University of Oregon (UO) to reverse its punishment of American Sign Language instructor Peter Quint, who was relieved of his teaching duties on the basis of a single comment he made in class to students who had repeatedly violated a class policy against speaking aloud. In May, Quint shared with his class a personal story about how he was able to escape a Pashtun tribesman with a gun by means of showing "respect" in a foreign environment. When the students spoke aloud again,
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