August 16, 2019 – The New School has cleared Professor Sheck of charges of racial discrimination. Read FIRE’s full statement for more information.
Laurie Sheck, a professor at The New School, is under investigation after using the N-word in a class while quoting James Baldwin.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) pointed out that Sheck’s quotation of Baldwin does not violate the university’s racial discrimination policy. The organization has called on The New School to immediately drop its investigation, stating that the “misguided investigation warns faculty and students that good-faith engagement with difficult political, social, and academic questions will result in investigation and possible discipline — even when those same questions are being widely discussed by other commentators online and in the media.”