Oberlin professor fired after controversial social media posts

Posted at 11:41 AM, Nov 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-16 11:43:35-05

An Oberlin College professor was fired Tuesday for anti-Semitic remarks she wrote on social media earlier this year. 

The Oberlin College Board of Trustees said Joy Karega, an associate professor of rhetoric and composition, failed to meet "the academic standards that Oberlin requires of its faculty and failing to demonstrate intellectual honesty" and violated professional ethics, the university said in a news release.

Karega was placed on administrative leave by the university in August after she was criticized for a series of controversial Facebook posting. The board of trustees was in charge of reprimanded Karega, Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov said in the August statement disciplining Karega. 

The board said Karega was represented by counsel, presented witnesses, documents and statements to support her position and cross-examine those questioning her social media remarks. 

It was determined Karega violated the “Statement of Professional Ethics” of the American Association of University Professors, which requires faculty members to “accept the obligation to exercise critical self-discipline and judgment in using, extending and transmitting knowledge” and to “practice intellectual honesty,” the release said. 

Karega has refused to claim responsibility for her misconduct. Her dismissal was effective Tuesday.