Professor Found Guilty of Harassment for Protected Speech

Brandeis University is on FIRE’s Red Alert list for its disregard of the free speech, academic freedom, and due process rights of Professor Donald Hindley, a nearly 50-year veteran of teaching. Brandeis declared Hindley guilty of racial harassment and placed a monitor in his classes after he criticized the use of the word "wetbacks" in his Latin American Politics course. Hindley was neither granted a formal hearing by Brandeis nor provided with the substance of the accusations against him in writing, and a letter was placed in Hindley’s faculty file regarding his allegedly “inappropriate, racial, and discriminatory” statements. Brandeis's faculty reacted to Hindley's mistreatment with outrage, and the administration’s actions were condemned by Brandeis students, the media, and the general public. Rather than apologize or act to clear Hindley’s record, Brandeis attempted to sweep the matter under the rug by informing Hindley that it "considers this matter closed," despite the disturbing lack of due process in Hindley's case, leaving the punishment on his record while closing off his appeal.

Learn more about Brandeis University's violations of Donald Hindley's rights here>>

To get off of FIRE’s Red Alert list, all Brandeis has to do is remove the sanction letter from Professor Hindley's file or promise never to treat another faculty member’s speech as it treated Hindley’s. Write to Brandeis President Frederick Lawrence today and encourage him to restore Brandeis University’s support for free speech!

President Frederick M. Lawrence

Brandeis University
Office of the President
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453