Colorado university suspends silent professor

December 13, 2013 4:40:24 AM PST
A Colorado university has suspended a religious studies professor whose silent protest against racial bias on campus led to complaints that he refused to speak during classes.

Naropa University professor Don Matthews says he launched the protest on the Boulder campus during his classes last week. He says he walked around with a piece of paper explaining his protest and later answered questions during the last 10 or 15 minutes of his classes to make sure students understood their assignments.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, Naropa officials say the silent protest was unnecessary, and they acknowledged that the university has work to do on issues of diversity. School officials say they want to resolve the issues and they want Matthews to resume teaching next year.

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