This case of Wheaton College and its skirmish with political science professor Larycia Hawkins just took a new turn as the school has begun a “Notice of Recommendation to Initiate Termination-for-Cause Proceedings” against the tenured professor. Hawkins went on on administrative leave back in December—after she stated that Muslims and Christians worship the same God—so that the school could “explore significant questions regarding the theological implications of her recent public statements, including but not limited to those indicating the relationship of Christianity to Islam.” This notice is not a termination, per se, but the start of a process for tenured faculty members. This new move, according to a statement, is because “Dr. Hawkins declined to participate in further dialogue about the theological implications of her public statements and her December 17 response.” Now, a committee will consider both testimony and evidence and will make a recommendation to Wheaton president Philip Ryken regarding Hawkins’ status.
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