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More Troubles At Gallaudet

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  1. McCaskill supporter says:

    Dr. Angela McCaskill stated that Gallaudet University is managed by bullying, intimidation and fear. These statements were made while she held a public press conference. Reading through some of the above comments gives her public statements credibility. I wonder why her leave of absence was made public by the administrators at Gallaudet, but kept the details of her accusers private? Why subject her, and her family, to harassment and bullying? Can an employer coerce/intimidate employees to vote a specific way? Why was a complaint filed against her for exercising a civic right to participate in a democratic electoral process? Are her personal views as an African Methodist Episcopalian under scrutiny by the administrators at Gallaudet University? Should they scrutinize every faculty member’s religious affiliation before hiring them for a specific job? Is it ok for the 1st amendment to be ignored by a publicly funded University?

  2. Jennifer Berrigan says:

    That’s really offensive to assume that all students exploit on disability benefits unless they truly needed it. I am a graduate from Gallaudet and never had used any of the social security income.

    And don’t tell me that other colleges aren’t dealing with similar issues of bullying and/or oppressions. I feel that this article has blown the issues seriously out of proportion and had made the issues seem very grave.

    “Not deaf enough” was the media’s hook on the issue of Jane k. Fernades. It really stemmed down that process in which she was chosen was unethical and did not follow the standard protocol. Of course, labeling that she wasn’t deaf enough sounded more interesting and scandalous.

    Those are my two cents.

  3. Gallaudet Employee says:

    Yeah that comment Jerimiah made above about how this article attacks two wonderful professors…. at least one of those professors is a private citizen. MJ is arguably a bit more of a public figure but that’s only if she willingling steps into the arena of public debate, which she hasn’t this time out. But no matter. The OTHER professor mentioned took no visible role in any of the incidents mentioned here and is therefore a private citizen, which means she gets more protection, which means that in a libel lawsuit she doesn’t have to prove malice, she only has to prove this website, the story’s author, or the sources contributing to the story were negligent in gathering all the facts. And I’ll tell you something about Rate My Professors. Anyone can write anything, anyone holding any grudge can say anything. At the very least, any competent journalist would strive to avoid a libel lawsuit by contacting the professors directly and asking for their side of it. Was that done in this case or did the author simply pull whatever comments he or she could find from this website and force it into these idiotic arguments and conclusions being drawn? Because being “fair and balanced” here isn’t achieved by merely listing both positive and negative comments. The writer and editor and contributor had better pray these stories are true and the professors don’t have their own verison to tell because if any of this is false or misleading or contains any errors this is most definitely actionable. And I really do hope that you are sued down to your last red cent because you’re not writing about public figures anymore or abstractions (Gallaudet University). You name someone specifically and that person is a private citizen, that’s a WHOLE NEW BALLGAME.

    • McCaskill supporter says:

      That person appears to have a public website at a publicly funded University. It would make them a public figure and representative of the faculty of a publicly funded University.

      • Gallaudet Employee says:

        Oh my God.

        The place to take Journalism 101 is NOT in a courtroom after you’ve been sued for libel.

        A public figure can sue you. Has to prove malice. It’s more difficult. But not impossible. Especially if you quote McConnell. A truly staggering amount of his drivel bashes Gallaudet, the signing Deaf Community, and whatnot. If a public figure had to pray for the perfect example of someone who writes with reckless disregard for anything but his own twisted opinion, McConnel is just EXCELLENT. McConnell practically guarantees the judge is gonna take a very close look.

        A private citizen can sue you too. Only has to prove negligence. It’s a lot easier. The judge will ask (about the private citizen)… “Well did this person willingly participate in a public discussion of this controversey, or have access to the media and use that access to influence the outcome of this issue?” If the answers to those questiosn are “no,” don’t automatically assume that person is a public figure just because he or she works for a federally funded university. The janitor up the hall works there too.

        Furthermore, if it ever hits the point where it looks like people were writing with what turns out to be actual malice, not mere negligence, against people who turn out to be true private citizens, not limited purpose public figures or actual public figures, trust me, you are gonna be up late into the night trying to calculate when your grandchildren will finish paying off the amount of money you’re gonna end up owing.

        In any case though truth is a defense. Just keep in mind it can get to be very expensive and difficult to prove that, especialy in the case of private citizens. It’s not always on them to prove you’re lying or negligent. It’s on YOU to prove that. So the first thing a judge is gonna do is say “Well did you call up such and so to get his or her side of it?” If the answer is no you’re not looking like rainbows and flowers, if you take my meaning.

        In any case, ignore this if you want. In fact, PLEASE ignore it. PLEASE keep taking your BS from Rate My Professor and second and third-hand sources and DON’T call up the individuals you’re smearing directly and DON’T create that phone record. Don’t do any of that. Keep assuming the world is filled up with people who would rather avoid you than fight you. Then when you do end up in court you’re gonna be where you deserve to be.

        • Gallaudet Employee says:

          “In any case though truth is a defense. Just keep in mind it can get to be very expensive and difficult to prove that, especialy in the case of private citizens. It’s not always on them to prove you’re lying or negligent. It’s on YOU to prove that…”

          (On you to prove you weren’t lying or being negligent. At which point you produce records of phone calls you made to both parties, etc. Can we see that here. Actual evidence of an attempt to write a balanced story?)

        • McCaskill Supporter says:

          Quite an interesting response. Thank you for lending even more credibility to Dr. Angela McCaskill’s public statements. You are propping yourself up as a Gallaudet employee, and making threats.

  4. anonymous says:

    awful article, really, you should do more research before you publish anything…

    anyways, look at Gallaudet’s administration. Do you not see any common traits: white, male, kappa gamma afflicted. Should I elaborate more, I think not. Time for changes in administration!! Majority of them has have the same position during the protests and whatnots. Hint: provost, assistant vice President, dean of student affairs, and so on

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with you its awful article…. this one part i have to disagree with you….

      OMG… What does Kappa Gamma have to do with this? Grow up…

  5. Gallaudet Employee says:

    Dangerous, stupid hate-mongering article. Quoting from a guy (Mike McConnell) who is five french fries short of a Happy Meal.

  6. Jeremiah R. Sammons says:

    This is one of those biased, poorly written/researched articles I would normally ignore and not give another thought to– but just for today I am going to make an exception and comment… YOU ARE AN IDIOT! Your research has been minimal/non-existent, your arguments are incredibly flawed, and the bias of your article is almost palpable… I can’t believe your editor allowed this dribble to see the press.

    Gallaudet is far from perfect, but the few incidents of “bullying” you cite are a far cry from supporting the conclusions you draw. On top of that, you attack two wonderful professors basically because they had the wherewithal to report behavior on the part of our Chief of Diversity that conflicts with her job description. (Oh, and they are lesbians who have had a few of their THOUSANDS of students who didn’t like them or the class they were teaching.)

    This article contained no real “reporting”… it is a very narrow-minded presentation of a few facts mixed with A LOT of half-truths/falsehoods/innuendo. Find a new job! (Something I feel Dr. McCaskill should do too!)

    • Anonymous says:

      My research on allegations in this article came up with facts that matches what the journalist of this article wrote. Many of the allegations are credible. Sobering and disappointing. Reality is hard to accept.

      • Ben says:

        Really? It appears that all the faculty bullying was done by two professors – somehow McCaskill and you managed to make it about the entire university. One thing I have to agree with the article (its implication anyway) is that MJ has to go. She’s one power-crazed woman.

  7. Jill says:

    Wow, four completely unrelated incidents over 24 years. That does, indeed, point to a significant “history” of bullying. And Gallaudet has failed to meet its goals and purpose? Based on what sources in your article? One blogger? One report in the Washington Post (never biased, of course.) Perhaps YOUR university failed in its purpose by not teaching you how to do research, evaluate information critically, and the difference between “it’s” and “its.”

    • Jennifer Berrigan says:

      My sentiments exactly!

    • Anonymous says:

      There are many more evidence in the court dockets I found. As much as I would love to discredit this journalist, I am crestfallen.

      • Ben says:

        What “court dockets”? If you’re talking about lawsuits, they’re not always credible sources of fault (for either side) as lawyers always inflate incidents to the max in civil cases.

  8. Ruby says:

    What about the positive deaf, straight work professionals who graduated, have family, and professional work life that you missed out? I have seen many deaf straight couples having wonderful life experience raising families and have professional jobs after college graduation.

    Back to your article, I have known some people dislike for the lady you mentioned for her not being respectful to individuals with different range of hearing loss experiences such as from family with hearing parents knowing sign language or total communication. MJ came from deaf family, and is known for discriminating other deaf people coming from different background than her. She created oppressive attitudes and belittle others for disagreeing her views like discriminatory protest in the past causing JK to be out of consideration as President. Some people are afraid to say that she is not an appropriate faculty teaching Deaf Studies at all. She continually making the campus very discriminatory oppression toward to other deaf people off campus too. Enough is enough for continued, discriminatory toxic environment at the University.

    Lastly, people are asking her to leave Gallaudet University as I consider this place as the precious gem of the higher education serving for deaf people who deserved to be educated in undiscriminatory environment where they can be taught directly through the signed language without using sign language interpreters which is in contrast to other Universities having to pay for interpreting services. So, your argument is not fully valid for the funding concern you have. I believe the problem will be reduced if someone has the gut to ask her to leave because of her oppressive attitudes and screwed up. When I first heard about Dr. McCaskill press conference before she mentioned the name of complaint, my first thought was that same lady you mentioned. Morever, I do not understand why Gallaudet administration moved her to become the Chair of 150th Anniversary of Gallaudet University to be held in July 2014.

  9. Heather Grizzle says:

    Thank you for publishing this. I invite you to view a current situation that is impacting a Deafblind graduate student due to the same systematic oppression that your article discusses.

    http://dbtt.org/a-dream-shattered-by-accessibility/