A former student has called on the lecturer at the University College Groningen (UCG), who allegedly taught conspiracy theories in class, to resign if “you have any respect left for yourself, the university, or academia.”
James Young’s open letter to Associate Professor Tjeerd Andringa was published by the university newspaper Ukrant on Monday.
“I’ve come to believe that your approach to ‘scholarship’ has the potential to cause serious harm,” Mr Young writes. “I can only hope your current students have escaped unscathed. Your grading alone should disqualify you from being allowed to teach at the university, and that’s only considering the academic integrity aspect of it.”
UCG, a faculty of the University of Groningen, scrapped the conspiracy lecturer’s ‘Systems View on Life’ course after students complained that he was using conspiracy theories as course materials.
Andringa has been placed on administrative leave pending an independent investigation.