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Harvard Faces Suit Over Denial of Tenure

A political science professor has filed suit charging the process which denied him tenure at Harvard is flawed. Peter Berkowitz's application for full professorship was approved by a department committee but rejected by the university president. Two years ago, Berkowitz said that he was denied tenure because of his politically conservative views.

A political science professor has filed suit charging the process which denied him tenure at Harvard is flawed. Peter Berkowitz's application for full professorship was approved by a department committee but rejected by the university president. Two years ago, Berkowitz said that he was denied tenure because of his politically conservative views.

Teachers College President Arthur Levine, who has studied tenure issues,said "The most successful grounds have been failure to follow process. The substantive grounds - discrimination, differences of political ideology - have been far less successful."

"The tenure process is so subject to suit because by nature, it's subjective, so it's never going to be entirely fair and equitable," said Levine.

The article, entitled "Harvard Faces Suit Over Denial of Tenure" appeared in the March 4th edition of the Boston Globe

Published Thursday, Jun. 27, 2002

Harvard Faces Suit Over Denial of Tenure

A political science professor has filed suit charging the process which denied him tenure at Harvard is flawed. Peter Berkowitz's application for full professorship was approved by a department committee but rejected by the university president. Two years ago, Berkowitz said that he was denied tenure because of his politically conservative views.

Teachers College President Arthur Levine, who has studied tenure issues,said "The most successful grounds have been failure to follow process. The substantive grounds - discrimination, differences of political ideology - have been far less successful."

"The tenure process is so subject to suit because by nature, it's subjective, so it's never going to be entirely fair and equitable," said Levine.

The article, entitled "Harvard Faces Suit Over Denial of Tenure" appeared in the March 4th edition of the Boston Globe

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