Colorado regents apologize for professor

Feb. 4, 2005 at 11:38 AM

DENVER, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The University of Colorado regents have apologized to "all Americans" for remarks a professor made about victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

In a raucous meeting marked by shouting, scuffling and two arrests, the board also voted Thursday to review the writings and speeches of Professor Ward Churchill, the Denver Post reported Friday.

Regents will determine whether Churchill overstepped his bounds and whether his actions are cause for dismissal. He is a tenured professor and has refused to resign from the faculty.

The regents began the meeting in a closed session, refusing to hear public comments, because they said they had received hundreds of calls and e-mail messages.

Churchill's supporters shouted down regents and two were arrested for refusing to stop disrupting the meeting. One police officer was slightly injured in a scuffle.

The furor is over an essay in which Churchill said the United States invited the attacks because of its own foreign policy. He compared the "technocrat corps" working at the World Trade Center to Nazi Adolf Eichmann.

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