A panel at the
University of North Dakota has recommended that the
school's openly gay choir director be fired "with cause" at
the end of the spring semester, which begins January
9, the Grand Forks Herald reported Monday.
All five members of the Standing Committee on
Faculty Rights said that assistant professor Anthony
Reeves will be paid but will remain on administrative
leave. He has been on leave since last August, the
Reeves claims the school was trying to boot him
due to his sexuality and the fact that he and his
partner tried to adopt a 19-year-old student. However,
the committee says that he engaged in "inappropriate and
unprofessional activity in his role as professor that had
nothing to do with sex," according to the newspaper.
"I really think it's sad for the students, Dr.
Reeves, and the university, and I think it's sad that
there weren't some efforts taken before the hearing to
resolve the problems," Henry Howe, Reeves's
lawyer, told the Herald. Howe had said in
the past that Reeves's case would end up in court but
said he wants to read the final report before deciding
on a course of action. (Advocate.com)