University of Idaho Panel Recommends Embattled Professor's Dismissal 

A panel at the University of Idaho has recommended that Prof. Denise Bennett be removed from her post.

The decision comes in the wake of a long scandal that began earlier this year, when the school suspended Bennett over an inflammatory missive she sent to administrators criticizing their use of grant funds, and a police report filed in late 2018, in which she admitted to using methamphetamines.

The day of a student protest calling for her reinstatement, the university issued a campus-wide Vandal Alert, barring Bennett from campus, and alerting students to her alleged drug use and the possibility that she may have been in possession of weapons. While Bennett admitted to Moscow Police that she had used a controlled substance, the matter was not investigated further.

On Aug. 26, Bennett attended a dismissal hearing before a panel which, on Aug. 30, recommended to new U of I President C. Scott Green that she be formally dismissed.

The panel finds ... that [Bennett's] conduct, coupled with [her] refusal to accept any responsibility for these actions or to engage in productive remediation with the University, constitute adequate cause for dismissal. The Panel therefore supports the Provost's recommendation for the dismissal of Professor Bennett.
In an email to Boise Weekly, Bennett wrote, "I am not finished fighting. I still believe my First Amendment constitutional rights have been violated." She added that her next step may be a request to a faculty appeals board.

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