Professor Secretly Investigated by Diversity Police

The diversity police did not permit him to see the charges against him.

There is essentially a secret police in power at California universities. The Daily Caller shows us an example of their work under the headline: “Taxpayer-Funded Diversity Bureaucrats Hound Professor, Compare Reagan Library To KKK Camp.”

A professor at California State University, Northridge is appealing a finding by school officials that he retaliated against students who complained of anti-gay and anti-women discrimination after they voluntarily attended an event concerning family issues at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for class credit.

The Cal State Northridge professor is Robert O. Lopez.

The taxpayer-funded university’s office of equity and diversity conducted a secret, 245-day investigation against Lopez, a tenured associate professor of English and classics.

When Lopez was finally presented with the secret charges against him, school officials permitted him to defend himself in an interview with Susan Hua, Cal State Northridge’s Title IX Coordinator.

On three occasions during the two-and-a-half hour interview, Hua compared voluntary attendance at a conference at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to appearing at a Ku Klux Klan camp, Lopez told The Daily Caller.

Throughout the duration of the interview, Lopez also said, Hua did not permit him to see the actual complaint lodged against him or an official list of the charges he faced.

[See also, “Kirsten Powers on Christina Hoff Sommers and the Violent Campus Cult.”]

The students seemed to have made up statements that they claimed were said by the speakers but which weren’t in the transcript taken of the event.

While Lopez beat the charges, his inquisitors made up new ones.

Cal State Northridge officials cleared Lopez on all the original charges in October. They admitted that an offer of credit for optional attendance at a Reagan Library conference is not intrinsically discriminatory.

However, school officials then found the professor guilty of charges of retaliation — charges which Lopez says school officials only brought later.

In an October 2015 letter, Cal State Northridge provost Yi Li informed Lopez that he had found him guilty of a charge of retaliation by attempting “to intimidate and prevent” complaining students “from exercising their rights” to “report what they perceive to be a hostile learning environment.”

According to Li, one student now remembers that Lopez suggested there was “bad blood” between Lopez and the student. The student also claimed that Lopez threatened her by threatening to withhold an award nomination.

Lopez told TheDC that student was never eligible for any awards. He gave the student an A grade in the course, he added.

“The only thing I can think of is that she may have wanted me to write a letter of recommendation, in which case I might have told her I’m not the right person,” the professor told Campus Reform.

Lopez has objections to homosexuals raising children (he himself was raised by two lesbians). He believes that is why he was targeted by the diversity police.

It is completely hypocritical for them to accuse Lopez of intimidation when they are the ones trying to intimidate him.