11/23/2004

A Liberal Professor Fights a Label: LIBU-RAL

A faculty member accused of bias takes on students and a conservative group

Oneida J. Meranto did something this semester that she had never done in her career. She tape-recorded her lecture.

The reason: self-protection. Last winter two students filed grievances accusing the associate professor of political science at Metropolitan State College of Denver of having a liberal bias and intimidating conservative students.

Although college officials found as recently as October that she had done nothing wrong, she received death threats and dozens of hateful e-mail messages. She was too frightened to walk to her car alone, so students escorted her.

Should she be accused of bias again, she wanted a record of what she had said.












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By JENNIFER JACOBSON

Oneida J. Meranto did something this semester that she had never done in her career. She tape-recorded her lecture.

The reason: self-protection. Last winter two students filed grievances accusing the associate professor of political science at Metropolitan State College of Denver of having a liberal bias and intimidating conservative students.

Although college officials found as recently as October that she had done nothing wrong, she received death threats and dozens of hateful e-mail messages. She was too frightened to walk to her car alone, so students escorted her.

Should she be accused of bias again, she wanted a record of what she had said.
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