Adjunct at Oregon Law School Is Reassigned After Scuffle With Students

The University of Oregon’s law school said on Friday that it had reassigned the teaching duties of James Olmsted, an adjunct professor, after he scuffled with student activists in a confrontation that was filmed and uploaded to YouTube. Video of the incident shows Mr. Olmsted confronting a student group that had organized a protest featuring a mock border checkpoint. During the scuffle, Mr. Olmsted shoved one man and later snatched a cellphone out of a student’s hand. KGW, a local television station, reported that Mr. Olmsted had been arrested and given a letter forbidding him to return to the campus. The Daily Emerald, Oregon’s student newspaper, reported that Mr. Olmsted’s name had been removed from a faculty directory.

When pressed for comment, University of Oregon spokesman Phil Weiler said the school has reassigned Olmstead’s teaching responsibilities, but he was unable to discuss details of the situation.
“The University of Oregon honors and values the free exchange of ideas. We expect all members of the campus community to conduct themselves with the highest degree of respect for public discourse,” Weiler said.
Weiler said the university is investigating the incident and charges are pending.

Read more at:

Return to Top