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Friday, April 14, 2006

Professor Equates Crosses to Nazi Displays

Students exercised their Right to Freedom of Speech by planting 400 crosses and a sign that says Cemetery of the Innocent.

This was given a green light and approved by the Northern Kentucky University.

Media Credit: Photos by Nick Hoffman and Audrey Kunkel/Photographers

These are the before pictures, what the display looked like before a Northern Kentucky University professor Sally Jacobsen encouraged her students to destroy a University approved Freedom of Speech Display.

Media Credit: Photos by Nick Hoffman and Audrey Kunkel/Photographers

Why would a university professor encourage her students to break the Law, and violate University Prohibited Conduct?

Well, she stated it made her mad. Something made her mad and she thought it was ok to break the Law, and it was alright for her to encourage her students to break the Law.

She may very well have gotten her students expelled by their actions and she may face disciplinary actions herself for encouraging the acts of destruction. It is still uncertain whether she participated, her only comment to that question was "No Comment".

As angry as she said she was, and her no comment, I can lay odds she helped and lead her students in this act of destruction and breaking the Law.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - A professor at Northern Kentucky University said she invited students in one of her classes to destroy an anti-abortion display on campus Wednesday evening.

NKU police are investigating the incident, in which 400 crosses were removed from the ground near University Center and thrown in trash cans. The crosses, meant to represent a cemetery for aborted fetuses, had been temporarily erected last weekend by a student Right to Life group with permission from NKU officials.

Public universities cannot ban such displays because they are a type of symbolic speech that has been protected by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Witnesses reported "a group of females of various ages" committing the vandalism about 5:30 p.m., said Dave Tobertge, administrative sergeant with the campus police.

Sally Jacobsen, a longtime professor in NKU's literature and language department, said the display was dismantled by about nine students in one of her graduate-level classes.

"I did, outside of class during the break, invite students to express their freedom-of-speech rights to destroy the display if they wished to," Jacobsen said.

Asked whether she participated in pulling up the crosses, the professor said, "I have no comment."

She said she was infuriated by the display, which she saw as intimidating and a "slap in the face" to women who might be making "the agonizing and very private decision to have an abortion.'"


That display, the before pictures, was intimidating?
White crosses and a sign that says Cemetery of the Innocent, that is what you thought was intimidating?

This is your reason to encourage breaking the Law, breaking University Policy and possibly getting your students in trouble - because of your rage?

Pulling up the crosses was similar to citizens taking down Nazi displays on Fountain Square, she said.

"Any violence perpetrated against that silly display was minor compared to how I felt when I saw it. Some of my students felt the same way, just outraged," Jacobsen said.

You actually have the audacity to compare the display of white crosses and a simple sign of "Cemetery of the Innocent" to Nazi displays? Is this what you teach your classes?

Because YOU felt outrage, it justified your actions?

What about those of differing opinions that feel outrage at what you advocate?
Do they have the right to destroy property, because of how they feel?

NKU President James Votruba said any evidence of criminal conduct in the incident will be turned over to prosecutors. He said he appreciated the emotional nature of the abortion debate and was glad that diverse viewpoints are represented at the school, but he condemned the destruction of the crosses.

"Freedom-of-speech rights end where you infringe on someone else's freedom of speech," Votruba said.

"I don't buy the claim that this is an act of freedom of speech, to destroy property."

He said he was gathering information about the extent of Jacobsen's participation.
"I don't know if she was pulling up the crosses, but I think she was out there with the students. If so, as far as I'm concerned, she went outside the conditions of her employment," Votruba said.

It is good that the NKU President has an open mind about this. He likes having differing opinions and differing view points, and there is nothing wrong with that, until you use violence and destruction as way of expressing your view point, something which he condemns.

He is absolutely correct that it is not Freedom of Speech to destroy property.

Even the President of the University thinks she had some, if not direct involvement in this. If at the very least, she is guilty of inciting a group of her students to destroy property.

Media Credit: Photos by Sarah Loman

And this is the result of Northern Kentucky University professor Sally Jacobsen's hatred.

Media Credit: Photos by Sarah Loman

Congratulations professor, not only has your anger and hatred possibly gotten you in trouble, it most certainly will have severe repercussions to those students you incited to destruction of property and violation of University Policy, but you have also shown yourself to be yet another Liberal Teacher gone wild.

More examples of Liberal Teachers gone Wild Here, Here, Here and Here.

Now let us look at the policies that was broken by both her and the students she incited to violence:

6.3 Prohibited Conduct
The following misconduct is subject to disciplinary action:

d. Intentionally or recklessly interfering with normal University functions or University-sponsored activities including but not limited to, studying, teaching, research, University administration, or fire, police, or emergency services.

i. Intentionally, substantially, and inappropriately interfering with freedom of expression of others on the University premises or at University-sponsored activities.

j. Theft or misuse of property or of services on University premises, at University-sponsored activities, or from University organizations or groups, or knowing possession of stolen property or use of stolen services on University premises, at University-sponsored activities, or from University organizations or groups.

k. Intentionally or recklessly destroying or damaging University property or the property of others on University premises or at University-sponsored activities.

x. Aiding or abetting any conduct described above.


Possible punishment for the professors involvement:


G 2.2
For minor violations or misconduct, the supervisor will verbally reprimand the employee. The employee should understand the reason for the reprimand as well as the expected behavior. After the discussion, the supervisor will prepare a written summary for future reference. This summary should be signed by the employee, but it will not be sent to Human Resources to be placed in the employee's personnel file.

G 2.3
For repeated or more serious violations or misconduct, the supervisor and the Major Department Head will jointly reprimand the employee and advise him that the violation is serious enough to be put in writing and placed in his personnel file. The employee will be given one copy of the written reprimand and sign another copy which will be sent to Human Resources and placed in his personnel file. The written reprimand will explain the offense as well as the expected behavior.

G 2.4
If an employee has two written reprimands in his personnel file within a period of one year, a third offense can warrant either suspension without pay or dismissal, depending on the seriousness of the violation. A supervisor must have approval by the Major Department Head and the Director of Human Resources before taking such action.


Possible disciplinary actions against the students can be viewed HERE (PDF format)

This professor is also on the Advisory Board of PROUT

PROUT stands for PROgressive UTilization Theory. It means, the progressive utilization and rational distribution of all the earth's natural resources. PROUT advocates another type of revolution called "nuclear revolution." In nuclear revolution, every aspect of collective life - social, economic, political, cultural, psychic and spiritual - is completely transformed. New moral and spiritual values arise in society which provide the impetus for accelerated social progress. The old era is replaced by a new era - one collective psychology is replaced by another. This type of revolution results in all-round development and social progress.

Northern Kentucky University: Link

Northern Kentucky University professor Sally Jacobsen webpage can be viewed Here.

If you wish to write or contact the President of Northern Kentucky University to let them know your thoughts and feelings concerning this (be courteous and polite):

DR. JAMES C. VOTRUBA - President
Northern Kentucky University

Office of the President
800 Lucas AC
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099
Phone: 859.572.5123
Fax: 859.572.6696
Northern Kentucky University Feedback online: Link

or the Dean of Students:

Kent Kelso - Dean of Students
University Center, Suite 346
Phone: (859) 572-5147

or the Vice President for Academic Affairs:

Dr. Gail W. Wells - Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Questions about Academic Affairs can be addressed to
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Lucas Administrative Center, Room 830
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY 41099
Phone: (859) 572-5360
Fax: (859) 572-6121

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