Missouri State University in Springfield has settled a lawsuit with a student who says she was punished because she refused to sign a class-project letter supporting homosexual adoption. School president Michael Nietzel says the school’s investigations of allegations by student Emily Brooker raised some concerns about some actions but did not support all of her allegations. The professor named in the suit is no longer the head of the Master of Social Work program. Professor Frank Kauffman remains on the faculty but has been relieved of classroom duties. The settlement will pay Brooker $9,000, waive academic fees for two years of work toward a Master’s degree, pay her living expenses during that time, and will clear her official record of a grievance filed in the case.
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