Rutgers reexamines decision on racially charged Facebook posts made by historian James Livingston

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Rutgers is reexamining its determination that James Livingston, a professor in the Department of History, violated the University's discrimination and harassment policy following a series of racially-charged Facebook posts. 

In a letter dated Aug. 29, University President Robert L. Barchi informed School of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean Peter March that he has remanded the report finding Livingston's comments in violation of the University Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment to the Rutgers Office of Employment Equity (OEE).

"I have remanded the report to the Office of Employment Equity and have asked the Office to more rigorously analyze the facts and assumptions underlying its conclusions," Barchi said according to the letter.

The letter, obtained by The Daily Targum, began with Barchi acknowledging the posts made by Livingston, and complaints received by the University about said posts, which led to an investigation by OEE into whether the professor's Facebook comments violated the University Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment.

Barchi also said the report was released to March and Livingston before Barchi had been made aware of its contents, according to the letter. ...

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