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Nebraska Pres of AAUP Resigns Amid Pressure to Support Embattled Lecturer By Adam Sabes

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The President of the Nebraska branch of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) resigned amid pressure to support a controversial lecturer who harassed conservative students on campus.

Recently appointed Donna Dufner, a professor at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, announced her resignation Wednesday just a month after taking the reins, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

 In the ongoing controversy between University of Nebraska, Lincoln lecturer Courtney Lawton, who, as Campus Reform reported, berated a group of Turning Point USA students on campus, Dufner sided with administration’s decision to pursue disciplinary measures.

Lawton, notably, called Turning Point member Katie Mullen a “neo-fascist Becky” while flicking her off.

The Herald reports that Dufner was facing pressure from her predecessor to support Lawton, with Dufner claiming that Julia Schleck wanted her “support for the Lawton affair, against the administration.”

Dufner, though, had a different opinion about how the situation was handled, agreeing that the administration had taken the appropriate actions against Lawton, who was reassigned after the incident.

“I couldn’t represent the AAUP in the Lawton case because I kept coming down on the side of the administration,” Dufner remarked, stating in an email to state AAUP officers and colleagues that the Lawton case has preoccupied the organization.

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