CU-Boulder settles with professor after 'joke'

Posted at 8:13 AM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 10:13:04-05

The University of Colorado has agreed to pay $25,000 to a philosophy professor who was temporarily banned from the Boulder campus after making a joke about suicide and murder.

The Daily Camera reports that a federal judge had previously thrown out Dan Kaufman's claims of discrimination and retaliation against the University but did not rule on claims made under state law. Rather than pursue the state claims, Kaufman entered into the settlement agreement.

Kaufman was banned from campus for two months in 2014 after he told his department chairman that he would not kill himself, the chairman or anyone else unless they were "truly evil" or "had Hitler's soul."

Kaufman filed a lawsuit claiming the university discriminated against him because he has depression with psychotic features, a disability.