Iymen Chehade, adjunct faculty member in the Humanities, History and Social Sciences Department, claimed his academic freedom was violated when a section of his class was cut for the spring 2014 semester. The class, The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict, was reduced hours after classes were open for registration. It has been in the hot seat several times, usually with Chehade being alleged of teaching the class in a biased way.
The most recent alleged bias, which was made by a student after documentary "5 Broken Cameras" was screened in the class, is the reason Chehade feels the cut was made.
With Columbia's part-time faculty association, Chehade filed a grievance with the college in March. After it was rejected he filed another one, which was also rejected. After trying to solve the issue internally, Chehade brought it to the national stage. First through a petition, then a public forum and even the American Association of University Professors released a report taking his side and recommending the college look at how they handle student complaints.
Both HHSS chair Dr. Steven Corey and interim provost Dr. Louise Love declined requests to comment for this report, but released a statement saying the reduction was made because of falling student enrollment.
As of right now, the class has two sections offered for the fall 2014 semester.
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