It has been more than three years since this incident occurred, and Marquette stands by its actions and decisions. Below is a timeline of events and additional resources that outline our position.

Timeline of Events

  • Nov. 9, 2014 – John McAdams publishes the blog post in which he names a student teacher and links to her contact information.
  • Nov. 25, 2014 – Several professors sign a joint letter criticizing John McAdams' actions:

    • “Perhaps worst of all, McAdams has betrayed his role as a faculty member by pitting one set of students against another, by claiming the protection of academic freedom while trying to deny it to others, and by exploiting current political issues to promote his personal agenda.”

  • December 2014 – After being the target of threatening and hateful comments, the student teacher leaves Marquette after receiving more than 100 messages and fearing for her safety.

  • Dec. 16, 2014 – Fall semester ends and conduct review begins, John McAdams is asked to stay off campus during the review.  He was still paid during this time.

  • Jan. 30, 2015 – Marquette begins the Faculty Hearing Committee process for John McAdams to receive a hearing from seven faculty peers representing disciplines across the university.

  • September 21-24, 2015 – Four-day hearing before the Faculty Hearing Committee. At the hearing, counsel for John McAdams and Marquette examined and cross-examined multiple witnesses.

  • Jan. 18, 2016 – Faculty Hearing Committee (FHC) finalizes its 123-page report unanimously recommending John McAdams be “suspended, without pay but with benefits, for a period of no less than one but no more than two semesters.”

  • March 24, 2016 – President Lovell sends a private letter to John McAdams detailing the reasons he is accepting the unanimous FHC recommendation of suspension. President Lovell further explains in the private letter why he needs confidential assurances from John McAdams that in the future he will perform his professional obligations. As part of this assurance, President Lovell asked John McAdams to confirm his regret that Marquette’s now-former graduate student teacher suffered harm. Separately, President Lovell shares with the community his decision to implement the unanimous FHC recommendation.

  • April 2016 – Since this time, John McAdams continues to name the student, tagging and posting our former student teacher’s name or links to her contact information 17 times. In addition, he also linked to her new institution.

  • May 1, 2016 – John McAdams files a lawsuit against Marquette

  • Feb. 2, 2017 –  The case is heard in Milwaukee County Circuit Court

  • May 4, 2017 – Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge David Hansher rules in favor of Marquette, upholding the FHC’s assessment of the incident, saying:

    • “Academic freedom allows both faculty members and students to engage in intellectual debate without fear or censorship or retaliation and it establishes a faculty member’s right to remain true to his or her pedagogical philosophy and intellectual commitments,” the judge said. “Academic freedom also gives both students and faculty the right to express their views without fear of sanction, unless the manner of expression substantially impairs the rights of others. On the other hand, academic freedom does not mean that a faculty member can harass, threaten, intimidate, ridicule, or impose his or her views on students.”
  • Nov. 3, 2017 – John McAdams appeals the Circuit Court ruling and, to date, remains suspended

  • Jan. 22, 2018 – The Supreme Court of Wisconsin agrees to hear the case

  • April 19, 2018 – Supreme Court of Wisconsin hearing

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