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Ward Churchill became infamous in 2005 for an essay he wrote after 9/11 equating the victims to "little Eichmanns." He was an ethnic studies professor at the University of Colorado until 2007 when he was fired. In 2009 he won a lawsuit against the university, with the jury finding he was wrongfully terminated. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Ward Churchill became infamous in 2005 for an essay he wrote after 9/11 equating the victims to “little Eichmanns.” He was an ethnic studies professor at the University of Colorado until 2007 when he was fired. In 2009 he won a lawsuit against the university, with the jury finding he was wrongfully terminated. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A professor rights group has blacklisted the University of Colorado over the firings Ward Churchill and a history instructor they say came under fire for his conservative religious and political convictions.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports the Colorado Conference of the American Association of University Professors says professors should consider working at CU only as a “last resort.”

A report issued this month cites Churchill’s firing following an academic misconduct investigation launched after an essay surfaced that compares 9/11 victims to a Nazi, and the school not renewing Phil Mitchell’s contract. Churchill was a tenured professor.

School spokesman Bronson Hilliard says the cases aren’t related to academic freedom at the school.

He says Churchill was fired after due process while Mitchell was not adhering to academic rigor standards.

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