Sample Case Study Wheaton College

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Wheaton College faculty reached a conclusion that they should not fire a professor who publicly said that "Muslims and Christians worship the same God."

The college 's faculty expressed "grave concerns about the process," and said that Professor Larycia Hawkin 's suspension should be withdrawn.

Hawkins came to be known as "Hijab Professor" after decided to wear it during the time of Advent to show her support for Muslims.

In December last year, the college suspended her for her remarks on Facebook, citing "theological implications" of her statements as the reason for her suspension.

Dr. Lynn Cohick, professor of New Testament and chair of Faculty Council, wrote in an email to the Wheaton staff that he recommended not firing Hawkins.

"Faculty Council unanimously recommended to
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"The Faculty Personnel Committee 's recommendation will then be taken into consideration by President Ryken, as he makes his recommendation to the Board of Trustees."

At a meeting was called by Wheaton College President Philip Ryken, where the institution 's position on Christians and Muslims worshiping the same God were discussed to arrive at acceptable interpretations of the statement of faith which the college will live out.

"There was a lot of frustration. It was really us listening to them and their statements of how they hoped that their relationships and trust could be restored. But they didn 't choose to follow the faculty council 's admonition to reverse their decision," said Michael Mangis, professor of psychology.

Tenured professors were asked to cast a vote in one of the regular faculty meetings.

"President Ryken and the Faculty Council have discussed a review of current policies and processes, with a view to addressing or clarifying areas of concern. However, Dr. Ryken has also asked Faculty Council to understand that the Faculty Personnel Committee hearing is the method through which the particulars of Dr. Hawkins ' personnel matter will be addressed," said the
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