The day before Thanksgiving, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California denied in part and granted in part San Jose/Evergreen Community College District’s motion to dismiss June Sheldon’s case.
The ADF Center for Academic Freedom, partnering with the Pacific Justice Institute, filed a lawsuit on behalf of Ms. Sheldon in 2008 after she lost her job merely for answering a student’s in-class question. The College argued, in part, that the complaint should be dismissed because professors are not entitled to freedom of speech and academic freedom in the classroom. ADF argued that professors’ ability to speak freely in class should be fully protected so long as their speech is germane to the curriculum.
The Court’s ruling allows Ms. Sheldon’s case to continue against the College. We will update further as the case proceeds.