Embattled Professor

By: AP
By: AP

A top official at the University of Colorado says Ward Churchill will be fired.

Churchill is the ethnic studies professor who caused an uproar by comparing some of the World Trade Center victims to a Nazi. The school says he can't be fired for free speech, but it did spend more than a year checking into allegations of academic misconduct.

Earlier this month, a CU committee concluded that Churchill committed serious, repeated and deliberate violations of academic scholarship.

Monday, interim chancellor Phil DiStefano says he has notified Churchill he intends to fire him for what he called a pattern of misconduct.

Churchill, who has repeatedly denied misconduct, has 10 days to seek another review from a faculty committee.

Colorado's Republican governor, Bill Owens, agreed with the chancellor's decision. He called Churchill a "rotten fruit among hundreds of good apples."

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