Victory for free speech as University of Edinburgh throws complaints from awakened students
Freedom of expression wins as the University of Edinburgh files a complaint against a professor described as “racist and problematic” by students awakened after criticizing the decision to rename the tower in honor of the philosopher David Hume for his links to slavery
- Dr Neil Thin criticized the decision to rename the David Hume Tower in Edinburgh last year
- He was lambasted by students who complained about his “problematic views”
- Dr Thin, 60, has been the subject of two complaints and a flurry of charges
- The University of Edinburgh revealed that the complaints had not been upheld
An academic who was investigated after speaking out against political correctness has been cleared.
Dr Neil Thin has criticized the decision by the University of Edinburgh last year to rename the David Hume Tower, named after the philosopher now accused of links to slavery.
The anthropology lecturer also condemned a 2019 anti-racist event called Resisting Whiteness, where white students were initially prohibited from asking questions.
Dr Thin, 60, has been the subject of two student complaints about his allegedly “problematic” views and an avalanche of anonymous accusations on social media.
Last night he told the Mail: “The university’s formal investigation into two student complaint emails about me concluded after eight weeks that both allegations (offensive tweets and biased scoring) should be dismissed.
Dr Neil Thin (pictured) criticized the University of Edinburgh’s decision last year to rename the David Hume Tower, named after the philosopher now accused of links to slavery
“This is what I expected, but of course, it does not immediately repair the extensive damage to my reputation and public confidence in the university. It also leaves unchallenged the online libel attacks that sparked the investigation.
Dr Thin added: “I agree with the findings of the investigation and will find its recommendations useful even if I am not permitted to discuss specific content.”
He also raised concerns about the “serious psychological and social damage that can be caused both by online attacks and by unnecessarily punitive investigations of students and staff who express views that some people believe. offend “.
Psychological and social damage
Dr Thin added that in the longer term, he hopes to promote “a campus climate that promotes core academic values such as thoughtful debate, curiosity, intellectual honesty. [and] freedom of expression’.
The academic retired from teaching while the investigation was ongoing.
In comments online, Dr Thin has been called a “scumbag”, “rape apologist” and “crusty old man.”
The lecturer in anthropology at the University of Edinburgh (pictured) also condemned a 2019 anti-racist event called Resisting Whiteness, where white students were initially prohibited from asking questions.
The academic retired from teaching while the investigation was ongoing. In the photo, Dr Neil didn’t think the David Hume Tower (pictured) should be renamed
Some of the students responsible for the smear campaign were investigated by university officials, but no further action was taken.
Toby Young, of the Union for Freedom of Expression, previously said: “For the university, publicly shaming Dr Thin for daring to speak out against the excesses of a powerful far-left cabal is reminiscent of the “wrestling sessions” that prominent academics were subjected to during China’s Cultural Revolution. ‘
A spokesperson for the University of Edinburgh confirmed that the complaints process was over and added: ‘While it is not appropriate for us to comment on specific details, we can confirm that the complaints have not been selected.
“When complaints are made, we have a responsibility to give them serious consideration and, if they are dealt with as part of our complaints process, to ensure that all parties are heard and received support. ”