ASU professor presents 364-signature petition
Price, a tenured professor in sociology who has worked at ASU for eight years, was placed on administrative leave with pay effective March 16 after four students in an introductory sociology course complained that she had engaged in "inappropriate speech and conduct in the classroom," according to a letter signed by Tony Carey, vice provost for faculty affairs.
Among the complaints against Price are that she made disparaging remarks about student athletes, repeatedly criticized the ASU administration, discussed personal material not on the syllabus and showed the pornography-related documentary "The Price of Pleasure" without warning students about potentially objectionable content in the film.
Price maintains that each of her class discussions has been relevant to the study of sociology and that ASU is violating her academic freedom.
She said she also believes the university is denying her the benefit of a Faculty Due Process hearing and is targeting her due to her outspoken critique of certain facets of the university.
A fuller story about the matter was printed today in the Watauga Democrat following national coverage of the situation.
Price, joined by several professors and media, walked across campus Wednesday morning to hand the petition with 364 signatures to Carey at his office in B.B. Dougherty Hall. He was joined by interim vice provost Mike Mayfield.
Neither commented on the matter after Price presented the document.