University professors group calls for Naval Academy to reinstate Fleming

Staff writer

An organization representing university professors is urging the U.S. Naval Academy to rescind its recent firing of English professor Bruce Fleming.

In a letter Sept. 11 to the academy superintendent

the American Association of University Professors argued that Fleming was denied due process.

An academy spokesman said the academy has received the letter and will respond to the AAUP. The academy has declined to comment on specific reasons for the firing, citing the school’s privacy policy, but has asserted that he was not terminated for speaking out.

Fleming is a civilian, tenured professor who worked there 31 years. He has frequently criticized the academy and along with his attorney contends that’s what caused his firing.

Fleming and his attorney released documents they received from the academy stating that he was fired for “conduct unbecoming of a federal employee,” not for his teaching methods or articles he has published.

The academy removed Fleming from the classroom last January but did not terminate his employment until August.

Fleming has appealed his termination to the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency.

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