Identity of Speakers
Professor at Auburn University
Incident Political Orientation:
- Did not involve Speech Codes
A five-year-long lawsuit resolved when an Alabama jury found that an Auburn professor was unfairly targeted after he complained about the high concentration of athletes in the school’s public administration program. An Alabama jury awarded Michael Stern $645,837 in damages, finding after a two-week trial that Stern’s former dean illegally punished him for speaking out. The jury did not agree with similar complaints against other university officials named as defendants.
The verdict may resolve Stern’s long-running issues with Auburn, which date back to 2008, when he began complaining about alleged donor meddling in the economics department.
Stern was removed as chair of the economic department in 2018, and filed a federal lawsuit claiming Auburn denied his First Amendment rights and unfairly retaliated against him.