Naropa University suspends silent professor

BOULDER — Naropa University religious studies professor Don Matthews has been suspended over complaints he refused to speak during classes.

Matthews says he launched a silent protest against racial bias 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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