ASU professor suspended after showing film about porn

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BOONE, N.C. — A sociology professor at Appalachian State University is fighting an imposed leave after students complained that she showed an explicit documentary on pornography, called ASU racist and said black athletes get special privileges.

The professor says she didn’t call the university racist but led a classroom discussion about how black athletes are treated in the United Sates. She said she also is being investigated for classroom discussions that emerged after a student-led protest over the university’s handling of rape allegations against football players.

Jammie Price is a tenured professor with 20 years of experience, including eight at ASU. She was placed on paid administrative leave March 16 after complaints from four students. She said she plans to submit a letter to university officials this morning with signatures of more than 350 sociologists and faculty calling for her immediate reinstatement.

The film Price showed students contained explicit images of sexual activity that at least three students felt were “really inappropriate,” according to a letter Price received from Anthony Gene Carey, vice provost for faculty affairs.

Price said Tuesday that the issues raised against her involve a student-led silent protest held March 2 about allegations that four football players and a friend raped or sexually assaulted a woman last spring. Two of the football players were also accused of raping another woman last fall.

The article was written by Monte Mitchell and originally appeared in The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read more.