UI bans journalism professor from Moscow campus, alleging meth use, access to guns


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The University of Idaho has banned a tenured journalism professor from its Moscow campus and heightened security patrols, implying she is a safety threat.

“Denise Bennett has been barred from Moscow Campus,” the university said Wednesday morning in a text message alert sent to students and employees. “Recent admittance to police of meth use and access to firearms. If seen on campus, call 911.”

UI spokeswoman Jodi Walker confirmed the contents of the text alert, which was first reported by the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

“The safety and security of our students is our primary concern, and so we’re doing this as a precaution,” Walker said.

The alert came almost a week after the university placed Bennett on administrative leave for sending a profanity-laced email in which she lambasted school officials for perceived problems in the School of Journalism and Mass Media, including misuses of grant funding.

UI’s student newspaper, the Argonaut, on Tuesday published what it said was a copy of Bennett’s email. It reads: “I am so unbelievably frustrated and fed up with ALL THE POWERS THAT BE HERE INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ineffective and inefficient processes and systems, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES THAT ARE SOMETIMES ENFORCED, OTHER TIMES NOT, that I am officially announcing to you all now this is the way I am running my (expletive) (classes, grants, creative work) from here on out.”

Bennett was also accused of raising her voice and accosting the school’s interim dean, Sean Quinlan, and one other university employee.

In a video posted to YouTube on Tuesday, Bennett read from her suspension letter, reacting angrily after each paragraph. She defended how she had confronted other school officials, saying she would not adjust her tactics.

“I interact with students in a way more offensive manner, in a way more uncivil manner, on a daily basis,” Bennett said. “I yell at them, and the reason why is because it’s a performance, dude. Like, you get people’s attention when you raise your voice, right? An all-cap email is definitely an attention-getting device.”

Later in the video, after reading a paragraph which said she was not to communicate with UI students and employees, Bennett shouted “fascists!” along with an expletive.

Bennett has worked at UI since 2006, teaching classes in broadcasting, digital media production and documentary filmmaking,according to her faculty page on the UI website.

Her suspension, which started last Thursday, prompted some students to campaign for her return. “Students for Denise” has circulated a petition on social media and even created a website, ReinstateDenise.com.

Attempts to reach Bennett and a Moscow police captain were not immediately successful.

In a statement posted to Facebook on Wednesday, UI student Ryan Benson contended the university had “grossly mishandled” Bennett’s suspension and took issue with the allegations in Wednesday’s text alert.

“The alert contains little context,” the statement said. “It explicitly mentions drugs and firearms, urging the recipient to call 911 on sight. The alert leaves out, however, that these drug allegations come from a November police report and that there are no direct threats to campus or students.”

Walker, the UI spokeswoman, confirmed that a November police report was the source of the allegation of meth use. She said school officials just recently became aware of the report.

This story is developing.



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Huh, I’m curious why she’s actually pissed off, I’m betting “orange man bad”