Incoming Academic Council chair Paula McClain (who last summer proclaimed that she would not publicly advocate due process for the three accused students from her own school) was defiant about the recent settlement shielding the faculty from liability. “I’m not going to be intimidated,” declared she, “into modulating speech.”
As for the faculty, McClain mused, “I don’t know if any faculty really felt any liability.”
Really? Here was fellow Group of 88’er Cathy Davidson, in a January 8 e-mail: “I have had lawyers look at the original [Group] ad and ambiguity of the language could be made, in a court of law, to seem as if we are saying things against the lacrosse team.”
It's nice to see that for the next two years, the Duke faculty will be led by a voice of such candor as McClain.