RICHMOND, VA (WWAY) — We told you back in November about UNCW associate professor Mike Adams and his lawsuit against the university. The first trial resulted in U.S. District judge Malcolm Howard ruling in favor of the University. Adams appealed this decision and the case went to Federal Appeals Court in Richmond on Wednesday.
Katie Harden was the only reporter from Wilmington at the Federal Courthouse today for the hearing.
“I ask for nothing but the opportunity to be given a promotion based upon the same accomplishments as people who have gone before me,” say Adams.
Adams says he was denied a promotion to full professor of criminology because of political and religious views he expressed in books and columns. University officials say the decision was based on Adam’s performance, not his views.
“I’m not asking for special treatment,” says Adams. “I’m asking for equal treatment.”
In a Federal Courtroom on Wednesday, Adams’ work was the focus of discussion.
Adams’ attorney, David French, said the District Court made a fundamental error when ruling in favor of the university. He says Adams submitted articles he wrote on the conservative website “TownHall.com” under the community service section of the tenure application, which the university lists in it’s employee handbook as the least important criteria in terms of consideration for promotion.
When it comes to the rest of his review, French says Adams received rave reviews from students and out published many other employees who were promoted in his department.
University attorney, Tom Zacho, said Adams can’t complain about his pieces being judged when he submitted the information for evaluation.
So what does it all mean? Adams says this is bigger than him and he hopes the federal court will appeal the previous court’s decision.
“This isn’t about Mike Adams,” says Adams. “This is about thousands upon thousands of faculty members who have grown accustom to a culture of academic freedom who are suffering the prospect of losing that freedom.”
The court didn’t give a specific date of when they expect to have a decision about the appeal.
To see the full case and appeal, click the link below.