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KU News Release

Dec. 1, 2005
Contact: Lynn Bretz, University Relations, (785) 864-8866.

Chancellor's statement re: withdrawal of course

LAWRENCE -- Chancellor Robert Hemenway issued the following statement today in response to the withdrawal of Professor Paul Mirecki's course:

"I want to be clear that I personally find Professor Mirecki's e-mail comments repugnant and vile. They do not represent my views nor the views of this university. People of all faiths are valued at KU, and campus ministries are an important part of life at the university.

"Dr. Mirecki has made the right decision by his withdrawal from the course. He has a right to free speech but he has to realize the revelation of his past e-mails has tainted the environment for his course. He insulted both our students and the university's public, and he misrepresented beliefs of KU's faculty and staff.

"This unfortunate episode does not in any way diminish our belief that the course should be taught. It is the role of the university to take on such topics and to provide the civil, academic environment in which they can be honestly examined and discussed."

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