By JUDITH KOHLER and DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writers
BOULDER, Colo. - The top official at the University of Colorado's
flagship campus said Monday he intends to fire Ward Churchill, the professor who compared some World Trade Center victims
to a Nazi and then landed in hot water over allegations of academic misconduct.
Interim Chancellor Philip DiStefano said Churchill has 10 days to appeal
his decision to a faculty committee. Churchill, a tenured professor of ethnic studies, has denied allegations of plagiarism
and other misconduct and has said he would file suit if fired.
Churchill did not immediately return telephone messages Monday.
In an essay written shortly after the 2001 terrorist attacks, Churchill
described some of the victims in the World Trade Center as "little Eichmanns," a reference to Holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann.
The essay was largely ignored until January 2005, when it came to light before Churchill was to speak at Hamilton College
in upstate New York.
The essay triggered calls for Churchill to be fired, but university officials
concluded he could not be dismissed because of free speech protections. They did order an investigation into allegations of
academic misconduct, which concluded two weeks ago.
The school's committee on research misconduct said Churchill "has committed
serious, repeated, and deliberate research misconduct."
DiStefano agreed and said he has told Churchill he plans to dismiss him.
Churchill has been relieved of academic work but will remain a paid faculty
member as long as the firing is in the appeals process, university officials said.