Maricopa Community College District Settles With Scottsdale World Politics Professor

Professor Nicholas Damask worked with FIREFIRE to defend his academic freedom rights after his college tried to force him to apologize for quiz questions about Islamic terrorism. [Photo courtesy FIRE]

TEMPE – The Maricopa County Community College District has settled with Scottsdale Community College Professor Nicholas Damask to avoid a lawsuit by him against the District for its initial failing to protect academic freedom in the case of Scottsdale’s World Politics curriculum.

Damask, a popular political science professor at Scottsdale Community College, has won a major victory for academic freedom, after the college publicly chastised him, in response to criticism and death threats he received on social media for quiz questions he wrote that connected Islam to terrorism.

Nine days after publicly vilifying the professor the college reversed gears and apologized to him for “a rush to judgment.” Now it has paid up as well. The District has agreed to pay Damask $155,000.

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