CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) – Kirkwood Community College has announced today that adjunct professor Jeff Klinzman of the English Department has resigned. Klinzman recently stated that he is a supporter of Antifa. Kirkwood Community College also realized that some of these opinions were expressed going back to 2012.
The school has stated that the professor was not removed due to his views or his right to express them. Kirkwood says their decision is based solely on their commitment to harboring a safe learning environment for our students, faculty and staff.
The college has also stated:
However, when the expression of views by him or any member of our community is perceived as placing public safety in jeopardy, or hampers our ability to deliver on our mission, we will always do what is necessary in service to our students’ pursuit of a higher education.
Kirkwood Community College has also announced that there will be more security on campus. Starting Monday, the college’s security team will have a visible presence on the campus working alongside the CRPD. The school is also working with the CRPD on a safety plan.
More information as this develops.