Ohio Northern Pulls Law Professor Out of Classroom … But Will Not Explain Why

Ohio Northern University’s Petite College of Law has a curious view of due process.  The law school sent security officers into the class of Professor Scott Gerber in April and removed him from the class.  He was then barred from teaching or even coming on campus. If you think it must have been something unspeakable, you are right. No one has yet to fully explain to Gerber why he has been subject to these measures. I have been waiting to write on the case because I assumed the law school would be forthcoming on the details. It has not despite a growing number of calls for explanations of the underlying claims being made against this academic.

Gerber has been on the faculty since 2001. In addition to an impressive array of publications, he is an associated scholar at Brown University’s Political Theory Project and a member of the Ohio Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He is also a four-time winner of the Fowler V. Harper Award for excellence in legal scholarship and a three-time recipient of the Daniel S. Guy Award for excellence in legal journalism. In 2020, he was awarded the inaugural Christopher Collier Prize from the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society.

That record would seem to entitle him to a modicum of due process before being yanked from his class — or at least an explanation shortly thereafter. However, neither Dean Charles Rose nor his staff have supplied the information despite a wide array of groups and academics objecting to the treatment of the professor.

Gerber wrote about his experience in a May 9 op-ed for The Wall Street Journal. He said that, after armed security removed him from this class, he was told to sign a separation agreement and release of claims by April 21, or ONU would commence dismissal proceedings. The grounds, he alleged, is a lack of “collegiality” with no other explanation.

Gerber’s treatment has raised concerns because he is a conservative writer and has objected to diversity, equity and inclusion policies.  Indeed, just days before his removal, Gerber wrote an op-ed in The Hill defending U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. (For the record, I write a regular column for The Hill).

Gerber says that an investigation began in January 2023, but school officials refused to tell him the grounds. He refused to participate until he was given details on the charges.

The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression is now involved in the case on his behalf.

Gerber also said that the American Association of University Professors notified campus leaders twice that “an absence of collegiality ought never, by itself, constitute a basis for nonreappointment, denial of tenure, or dismissal for cause.”

I am frankly perplexed by the position of the law school, which seems wholly at odds with core principles of due process. For a school that is rightfully proud of its success in trial advocacy, I assume students are given the charges or questions presented before trial or appellate arguments.

79 thoughts on “Ohio Northern Pulls Law Professor Out of Classroom … But Will Not Explain Why”

  1. If anyone would like to help Prof. Gerber in his legal battle with ONU, please see the GoFundMe link. Any donations help and if you can’t or don’t want to donate, please share the link to spread the word. This will be a tough fight against the deep pockets of ONU. Thanks.


  2. conservatives are regularly crucified for their stances. I myself was fired from a job by a lunatic liberal in HR because some Gen Z snowlfake overheard me call the country of somalia a giant sandbox… both concluded that this was ” racist” and I was gone.

  3. The only perplexing thing is that the Trustees aren’t held to account by anyone. Governor? Student Body? Newspapers?

    Who knew that Marxism’s tentacles had spread into all these organs of society?

    Oh yeah- we all knew. And did nothing (and are still doing nothing) to eradicate them

  4. I am frankly perplexed by the position of the law school . . .

    Why be perplexed? You yourself pointed out that he has expressed conservative views and has been skeptical of the DEI cult. I would think that’s explanation enough for him to be given the bum’s rush by the dissent-phobic fascists in charge of academia.

  5. 𝐏𝐫𝐨-𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲-𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐦𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐤
    College Fix Staff • May 23, 2023

    What’da Ya mean? We didn’t do nothin. If anything you are the one whos responsible for this.
    I know your not tell’en Me how to My Job.
    Uh Hu, well We’ll see about That….

  6. In other banned news, the MSM news outlets are banning the machete wielding Hunter College instructor, Shellyne Rodriguez, the infamous violent, pro-abort. Since she is a Left Wing “activist” caught in a very violent act, the MSM does not want Americans to know about it. Banned news at its finest.

    For those who are unaware, you can do a search for results from a particular website, aka search operator using the command site:

    for example

    to do a search for the word iPad on apple.com, type the following in your search engine:

    site:apple.com iPad

    follow the parameters above exactly, being careful to avoid spaces

    the above command tells your search engine to search only on the site (web address) indicated directly after the colon


    site:cnn.com shellyne rodriguez
    site:msnbc.com shellyne rodriguez
    site:nbcnews.com shellyne rodriguez
    site:cbsnews.com shellyne rodriguez
    site:pbs.org shellyne rodriguez
    site:nytimes.com shellyne rodriguez

    None of the Left Wing “news” sites have any results for key search words: Shellyne Rodriguez or Hunter College or machete Only abcnews.go.com mentions it but in the most unflattering way as to “anti-abortionist”

    If you change the search word to “Congress” or “immigration” or “republican”, you’ll be shown many results on those websites that include those key words.

    Once again, the liberal news media is banning stories. They really want to prevent Americans from knowing the Truth how Left Wing “activists” (aka violent Marxists) are coming for us all

    More info here on doing site: searches


  7. Unless other facts have yet to come to light, it would appear that the school sentenced first and now wants to proceed with a formal investigation. If it seems that the school has a duty to inform the professor of the grounds for which he was bum-rushed out of the school, their faculty handbook would certainly say it does.

    2.7 Dismissal of Faculty Member
    1. Dismissal of a tenured faculty member or dismissal of a non-tenured or renewable appointment-track faculty member prior to the termination of the stated term of the appointment shall be initiated only for adequate cause, and shall not be used to restrain faculty members in the exercise of academic and artistic freedom.
    3. The formal proceedings shall be initiated by a communication addressed to the faculty member from the President transmitting the statement of grounds for dismissal. This communication shall inform the faculty member of the right to a hearing to determine whether or not the faculty member should be removed from the faculty position held on the grounds stated.

  8. American Stasi. Universities and the MSM are the training grounds for the new Red Guards

  9. To date, the left has been attacking those it deems to be dissenters of their faith-based actions, which frequently make no sense and are harmful to society. The left has mostly gotten away with it, but such excesses build pressure. That leads to indecision and sudden reversals in direction. Presently, Target is terrified of a Bud Light reaction and will risk being exposed as non-compliant by the left.

    The present example is Target:

    Target holds ’emergency’ meeting over LGBT merchandise, including ‘tuck-friendly’ swimsuits: report

    “I think given the current situation with Bud Light, the company is terrified of a Bud Light situation,” a Target insider said.

    Target pride
    Target is reportedly in damage-control mode and held an “emergency” company meeting to avoid a “Bud Light situation” after receiving criticism over its Pride Month displays, particularly those with items targeting children.

    “Many locations, mostly those in the rural south, have relocated Pride sections to prevent backlash such as that being experienced by Bud Light”

    “We were given 36 hours”


  10. Some of our universities and law colleges have been infiltrated by CCP cadres. The suppression of free speech in this manner is a hallmark of the Chinese Communist Party. Our own president has taken millions from this gang of criminals, who subvert everything they touch.

  11. Nikita K, with shoe in. hand, told us that Communism would bury us….we did not believe him.

    McCarthy told us but we did not listen.

    We are paying the penalty for that willful ignorance and lack of understanding of the real threat Communism and its disciples offer.

    My generation was the last to fight Communists on the open battlefield and kill them at every opportunity.

    It appears even we did not learn the lesson and pass it on to our children and grand children.

    Communism and its followers is evil and only causes destruction of individual freedom and takes not notice of human dignity and desires.

    Just last night while watching a PBS documentary on Thomas Jefferson, part of the program reminded viewers that “without freedom of thought there cannot be freedom of speech” and we are seeing the proof of that in this case as in so many other instances the Professor has discussed.

    Either we believe in and defend those principles enshrined in the Constitution or we cannot call ourselves Americans.

    If all one does is talk about the problems and opine how sad it is….and take no action whatsoever….then Teddy Roosevelts comments hold true……read his speech on Americanism.

    It was given back about 1898 or so….and holds as true today as back then.


    1. Excellent, but many will be afraid to invoke the name of McCarthy because the left wishes to prevent freedom of speech, thought and action and is willing to “bury us” if we say anything different?

      Why is it so few on this blog are willing to say McCarthy was right and why do so few not recognize what actually happened at those hearings?

        1. A scholar and a gentleman. 🙂 I wish more people would recognize that HUAC and McCarthy weren’t tightly linked. Too many don’t realize that McCarthy was a Senator.

    2. Either we believe in and defend those principles enshrined in the Constitution or we cannot call ourselves Americans.

      President Elect. Barak Obama. ‘we are days away from fundamentally changing America.’
      Frundamental; serving as, or being an essential part of, a foundation or basis; basic; underlying:
      fundamental principles; the fundamental structure.

      Democrats keep telling us what they are doing. We need to take the serious.

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